Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 11th 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 and large ensembles 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!


Schedule for the SFK Program as of September 10, 2018

Group Lessons in the schools begin the week of September 10, 2018

Federal Street School: taught by Heather Sommerlad
3rd graders: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm
4th graders: Fridays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm

Four Corners School: taught by Julie Carew
3rd graders: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm
4th graders: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm

Newton Street School: taught by Julie Carew
3rd graders: Mondays 1:55 pm – 2:35 pm
4th graders: Tuesdays 1:55 pm – 2:35 pm

All SFK students: Fridays 3:40 pm – 4:30 pm with Heather Sommerlad and Rafe Wolman

GHS: Wednesdays 2:15-3:15 with Heather Sommerlad

Saturday Ensembles with Heather Sommerlad:

3rd graders: 9:15 am – 10:00 am
4th-12th graders: 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Strings For Kids Question Of The Week

Week of 10/1:

Question: What is the name for any group of musicians that play music together?

Answer: Ensemble

Week of 9/24:

Question: What Italian word tells you to play a piece of music quickly?

Answer: Allegro



WELCOME BACK! We’re so excited to see you! This will be Strings for Kids’ 11th year in the
Greenfield Public Schools. You are the reason our program continues to be successful! We’ve got a busy year of music making ahead, so…go practice!

WELCOME SAMANTHA WOOD We are pleased to announce that Artspace has a new
Executive Director! Samantha Wood will be officially starting her position on Monday, September 17th. Come meet her at Artspace on Friday, September 21st, from 5:15-7:15 p.m., as we celebrate our first art gallery opening reception of the year.

NEW ARTSPACE OFFICE HOURS Starting September 17th, Artspace will be open Monday-
Thursday, 1:00-6:00 p.m., and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

SATURDAY ENSEMBLES Beginner and Advanced ensembles begin this Saturday, September
15th. Beginner Ensemble (3rd graders) meets from 9:15-10 a.m. Advanced Ensemble meets from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

HOMEWORK Homework sheets must be signed by a parent/guardian! Consistent practice is a
huge part of the SFK program, and parental support helps your child stay accountable.

ARTSPACE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPLIES! Artspace runs on the generosity of
others. We need volunteers throughout the year to help with fundraisers, concerts, and events. If you would like to be contacted as an Artspace, SFK volunteer, please email Julie Carew at We are also in need of supplies, like paper towels, soap, and toilet paper. If you have items you can donate, please bring them to Artspace during regular office hours.

CONCERT IN NOVEMBER Our first concert of the year will be on Saturday, November 10th
(time TBA). Please put this in your calendars now, and plan to stay for the entire concert (about two hours.) SFK students will be performing a piece with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Thank you so much! Please feel free to email us anytime with your concerns or questions.
Heather Sommerlad ( and Julie Carew (








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