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 and Maria Ramsey
4th graders: Mondays 1:55 pm – 2:35 pm
3rd 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




ARTSPACE SPRING RECITAL will be on Sunday, May 19 th , at St. James and Andrew (8 Church St.) There will be two recitals. Students enrolled in private lessons will play during the 2:00 p.m. recital. SFK students will play during the 4:00 p.m. recital. (Please note that some students will have to play for both recitals.)
THE ADVANCED STRING INTENSIVE will be from July 15 th -19 th , 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at
Artspace. It’s free for all continuing SFK students! Please register your student online at!
FOUR CORNERS ALL SCHOOL MEETING SFK Students from Four Corners will be playing at their All School Meeting on Friday, May 3 rd , at 8:45 a.m. Please remember to bring your instrument!
FEDERAL STREET CONCERT SFK students from Federal St. will be playing at their school concert on Monday, June 3rd, 6:30 p.m. Please arrive by 6. There will also be an in school performance that day. This is technically after SFK ends, so please remember to bring your instrument!
REGISTRATION FOR NEXT YEAR Please fill out our continuing registration form whether your child plans to continue next year or not. Students continuing in the program may keep their instruments over the summer. Students not continuing must return instruments, books, and CD’s to Artspace by Friday, June 7 th .
CONTINUING PARENT MEETING There will be two meetings for parents of students continuing in SFK next year. Parents can choose to come on either Saturday, May 18 th, at 9:30 a.m., or Monday, May 20 th, at 8p.m. Both meetings will be held at Artspace.
LAST DAY OF SFK Saturday ensembles will end on May 18 th . Our last day for the 2018/2019 school year will be Friday, May 31 st .
Thank you!
Heather (, Julie (, and Sam (

Fiddle practice
Fiddle teacher Rafe Wolman recorded a song from lessons so you can listen and play along while rehearsing.
About the recording, Rafe says: “I tried to play the tune/theme pretty close to the way I taught in class on Friday. I played it three times through, and the second two times have some variation, especially in the way I ‘fill in’ the long drawn out notes at the ends of the phrases.”
Here is the link to the recording:
Bamalong Blues from the fiddler Andrew Baxter.



Classics for Kids


The Strings For Kids program is generously supported by the Classics for Kids and D’Addario Foundations.