Strings For Kids

Reminder: Our concert is THIS SATURDAY (Nov. 18th, 4 p.m. at Greenfield High School)! Please dress in clean clothes (no holes!) Enter GHS at the back of the school. Once you go inside, take a left to go into the auditorium, then continue walking along the left wall onto the stage. Go through the doors at
the back of the stage, into the band room. All SFK students will gather in the band room. Please arrive at 3:30pm!

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 info@artspacegreenfield.com. Check our events page for information on upcoming concerts and support our student performers!

Strings For Kids Newsletter, November/December 2017

CONCERT NOVEMBER 18TH! All SFK students will perform at The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra concert at Greenfield High School (GHS) from 4-5:30pm. ARRIVE BY 3:30PM AT GHS! Please plan to stay for the entire concert!

EVALUATIONS Each student will be receiving an evaluation/progress report from their SFK teacher the week of November 16. Parents/Guardians, please contact Artspace if you do not receive an evaluation/progress report from your child and we will make sure you get one via email or USPS.

NO SFK CLASSES NOV. 20TH-25TH There will be no Strings for Kids classes the week of Thanksgiving. This includes SFK classes held on Monday and Tuesday. Enjoy your vacation and Happy Thanksgiving!

FOUR CORNERS DEC. 16th All Four Corners SFK students will perform at their school’s winter concert on Saturday, Dec. 16th, 6 pm. Save the date! More details to come!

FEDERAL STREET DEC. 18th All Federal Street SFK students will perform at their school’s winter concert on Monday, Dec. 18th (time TBA) Save the date! More details to come!

NO SATURDAY ENSEMBLE on Nov. 25th or Dec. 2nd.

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY HOLIDAY CONCERT will be held Saturday. Dec. 16th, 7 pm, at the Greenfield High School auditorium.
It’s free for all SFK students! Check it out! They’re amazing!

NO SFK CLASSES Dec. 18, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018 There will be no Strings for Kids classes for the holiday break. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!

STRINGS FOR KIDS EMAILS If you are not receiving emails from us, please check your spam folder, and remember to add info@artspacegreenfield.com to your address book. Please let us know if you think you’re not on the email list!

SFK PRACTICE LOGS AND HOMEWORK should be signed by a parent or guardian every week. Please make sure your child is doing their homework!

Sincerely,
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

GMS/MSA:
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 11/13:

Question: Where does the hair on a violin or cello bow come from?
Answer: A horse’s tail! That horse lives in a cold climate like Siberia, Mongolia or Canada.

Week of 11/6:

Question: What famous composer of marches was born on November 6, 1854?
Answer: John Philip Sousa

 

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