Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 12th 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!

Welcome to Strings for Kids!

String for Kids in the Greenfield Public Schools began the week of September 9th.

GPS Class Schedule:

1:55-2:35- Newton School 4th Grade Cellos- Julie Carew
2:55- 3:45- Four Corners 3rd Grade Violins- Rafe Wolman
2:55- 3:45- Four Corners 3rd Grade Cellos- Julie Carew
2:55- 3:45- Federal St 3rd Grade Violins- Allyson Michal

1:55-2:35- Newton School 3rd Grade Cellos- Julie Carew

1:55-2:35- Newton School 3rd Grade Violins- Rafe Wolman
2:55- 3:45- Four Corners 4th Graders- Rafe Wolman
2:55-3:45- Federal St 3rd Grade Cellos- Julie Carew
2:55-3:45- Federal Street 4th Graders- Rafe Wolman
3:45-4:30- Greenfield Middle School- All students- Allyson Michal, Rafe Wolman, Julie Carew
Saturday Ensembles will be held at the end of each week that we have classes.
10-10:45 Beginning Students (3rd Graders)
10:45-11:45 Continuing students
We will not have classes the weeks of November 25th, December 16th, 23rd, and 30th, February 17th, April 20th, and the last day of classes will be May 29th. If there is an early release on your child’s lesson day, classes will not be held that day.

Dates to put on your Calendar:
November 3rd 2:00pm at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew – CELLObration! An event for all cello players who want to participate, and any others who want to come listen.
November 9th 4:00pm at GHS- concert with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
March 7th– Pottery Seconds and More Sale at GCC- all Strings for Kids students will perform during the day.
May 17th– 2pm at the Shea Theatre(!)- Strings for Kids end of year performance
July 13-17th Continuing Strings for Kids Students Summer program at Artspace
Please note that each school also has its own performance dates which we will let you know about as soon as we do!
Federal St Concert (Federal St students only!)- December 10th 6:30pm (snow date Dec 17th)

Mandatory Parent Meetings

Beginning (3rd grade)- Monthly
First Monday of each month (Oct-Dec, Feb-May) at 7:30 pm
First Saturday of each month at 10:00am

Continuing (4th grade and up)-
Every 3 months during the school year
Meeting #1- October
Saturday Option, October 5th 10:45am OR Monday Option October 21st 7:30pm
Meeting #2- February
Saturday Option, February 1 10:45am OR Monday Option February 24th 7:30pm
Meeting #3- May
Saturday Option, May 2nd 10:45 OR Monday Option May 18th 7:30pm


Classics for Kids


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