Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 9th 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!

Strings for Kids Newsletter: May 2017

SPRING RECITAL Our spring recital will be on Sunday, May 21st at Artspace (note location change). We will have two recitals, with a potluck reception after each one. (See below for performance times and potluck assignments!)

2017-2018 SFK PROGRAM Please fill out the attached form and let us know whether your child plans on returning next year. Forms should be returned to either your SFK teacher, or directly to Artspace, no later than MAY 19th.

PVSYO CONCERT is Sat., May 6th, 4pm at Grace Episcopal Church (14 Boltwood Ave., in Amherst). Admission is FREE with a canned good. Come hear fellow SFK students!

LAST DAY OF SFK is Friday, May 26th. Students who aren’t continuing next year should return all instruments, books, and CDs to their teacher, either at the recital, or on the last day of class.

NEWTON SCHOOL third-grade SFK students will be performing in the All School Meeting on Friday, May 26th. Students, please remember to bring your instrument and music to school that day.

FEDERAL STREET SCHOOL SFK students will be performing in a school concert on June 6th. There will be two performances that day: one during school at 1:45 pm, and one in the evening at 6:30 pm. Please plan on arriving by 6 pm to get your instrument tuned.

ADVANCED STRING INTENSIVE will be the week of July 17-21. Sign up NOW! It’s free to all SFK students and is open to ALL string players.

SUMMER INTENSIVES Check out for updates on the fantastic Summer Intensive offerings held at Artspace between June 26 and August 25!

Heather Sommerlad
SFK Director and Instructor

MAY 21, 2017

Federal Street Fourth Graders
Newton School Fourth Graders
Four Corners Fourth Graders
Math and Science Academy
Greenfield Middle School
Greenfield High School
Advanced Ensemble

Beginning Ensemble
All Federal Street Third Graders
Newton School Third Graders
Four Corners Third Graders

At the end of both recitals, we will have a small potluck reception downstairs. If your last name begins with the following letters, please bring enough of the listed refreshment to serve 4-6 people.

A-F – Beverages
G-K – Fruits or Veggies
L-M – Sweets
N-T – Chips
U-Z – Fruits or Veggies

Strings For Kids Question Of The Week

Week of 5/15:

Question: Which famous Italian composer was born in May of 1567? (He’d be 450 this month!)
Answer: Claudio Monteverdi
You can listen to Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti, one of his compositions, on YouTube.

Week of 5/8:

Question: Which two very famous composers were both born on May 7th?
Answer: Brahms and Tchaikovsky
Johannes Brahms was born in 1833 and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in 1840.


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