Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 10th year in the Greenfield Public Schools!

Strings For Kids is a free music program run by Artspace in collaboration with Greenfield Public Schools. Students who enroll in Strings For Kids are offered a choice of learning to play violin or cello, and receive the following benefits at no charge:

  • Instrument loan for the duration of enrollment
  • Weekly in-school group instruction led by Artspace faculty
  • Guidance on self-directed daily practice
  • Weeklong summer intensives for both incoming and returning students
  • Opportunities to perform at school meetings, Artspace recitals, and occasionally at other venues

If you would like to learn more about the the Strings For Kids program, please call Artspace at (413) 772-6811 or email us at Check our events page for information on upcoming concerts and support our student performers!

MAY 2018

ARTSPACE SPRING RECITAL will be on Sunday, May 20th at St. James and Andrew’s (on the corner of Church St. and Federal St.) We will divide the recital into two different hours. Federal St. and Newton School classes will perform during the 3:00 p.m. hour. Four Corners, GMS and Advanced Ensemble will perform during the 4:30 p.m. hour.

LAST DAY OF STRINGS FOR KIDS will be on Friday, June 1st. Please note: The Tuesday class at Federal Street School and Wednesday classes at Newton schools will not meet the week of May 28. 

REGISTRATION FORMS to continue Strings for Kids next year are due no later than May 26th! It is important for us to know how many instruments we’ll need for next year, so please return your form to your child’s teacher, or directly to Artspace, by the deadline. You can also register online by clicking here. Students not participating in the program next year must return their instrument by the last day of SFK.

ADVANCED STRING INTENSIVE will be the week of July 16th-20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It’s FREE for all returning SFK students! The Advanced String Intensive will also offer an extended day, from 12:00p.m.- 4:00 p.m., M-F ($160.00) or until 5pm M-F ($190.00).  Space is limited so register early! Sign up here.

POPS FOR POPS  Our friends at the Brattleboro Music Center have invited SFK students to play with the Windham Orchestra at their concert on Sunday June 17th (Father’s Day). SFK students who participate will team up with other student musicians from both Brattleboro and Marlboro. This will be a great opportunity for students to meet other young musicians, and to experience what it feels like to play in a full symphony orchestra. The two pieces will be playing are designed for strings players of ANY level, and everyone is invited to participate! The concert will be at the BMC, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, in Brattleboro, VT. Time TBD.

FEDERAL STREET Art and Music show will be on Thursday June 14th, at 6:30 p.m. Students should arrive by 6:00 p.m. We will ask all Federal Street students to attend a special after school rehearsal on Wednesday, June 13th, from 2:55 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. Do NOT return your instrument by June 1st if you go to Federal St.!

DISCOVERY SCHOOL AT FOUR CORNERS SFK students will be performing in the school concert on Tuesday, May 29th. Please stay tuned for time and additional information!

SUMMER PROGRAMS Still looking for something to do this summer? There are plenty of creative summer camps to choose from this year! Check out our music and art camps at If you can’t make those, check out the camps our friends  at the BMC are offering at!

Thank you for a great year!                                             Heather Sommerlad, SFK Director and Instructor


Heather Sommerlad
SFK Director and Instructor    


Schedule for the SFK Program as of August 24, 2017

Group Lessons in the schools begin the week of September 11, 2017

Federal Street School:
3rd grade Violins: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Heather Sommerlad
3rd grade Cellos: Fridays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Cecilia Berger
All 4th grade: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Maria Ramsey

Four Corners School:
3rd grade Violins: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Maria Ramsey
3rd grade Cellos: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Julie Carew
All 4th grade: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Eleni Yalanis

Newton Street School:
3rd grade Violins: Wednesdays 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm with Maria Ramsey
3rd grade Cellos: Thursdays 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm with Cecilia Berger
All 4th grade: Wednesdays 1:55 pm – 2:40 pm with Maria Ramsey

All SFK students: Fridays 3:40 pm – 4:30 pm with Heather Sommerlad and Cecilia Berger

Saturday ensembles will begin September 23, 2017
3rd graders: 9:15 am – 10:00 am with Heather Sommerlad This ensemble has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
4th-12th graders: 10:00 am – 11:00 am with Heather Sommerlad


Strings For Kids Question Of The Week

Week of 5/14-5/18:

Question: Who composer was born on May 20, 1923 and what famous piece did she compose?

Answer: Ludmila Ulehla, Gargoyles for Hindell

Week of 5/7:

Question: When is your class performing at the May 20 recital?

Answer: Read the May Newsletter







The Strings For Kids program is generously supported by the D’Addario Foundation.