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!


Due to COVID-19, all Strings for Kids Classes are canceled until further notice. We will be in touch early next week with class assignments and videos as we know there will be LOTS of time for practicing while school is out!

SFK teachers will be holding “office hours” via zoom as follows:

Strings for Kids Tuesday afternoon w/Rafe at 2  

Meeting ID: 356-725-353
Password: 342024

Strings for Kids Mondays with Julie at 3:30

Meeting ID: 999 340 501
Password: 439977

Strings for Kids Wednesdays with Allyson at 5pm

Meeting ID: 617-957-298

This is a great resource if your child is having trouble with something or you need help tuning, or your child just wants to see a teacher face to face!

Welcome to Strings for Kids!

First Semester began on Monday, September 9th and runs through January 24th. Second Semester begins on January 27th and ends on May 29th.

We will not have classes the weeks of November 25th, December 16th, 23rd, and 30th, February 17th, or April 20th, If there is an early release on your child’s lesson day, classes will not be held that day.


1:55- 2:35- Newton School 3rd Grade Violins- Rafe Wolman

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

2:55- 3:45- Four Corners 3rd Grade Violins A- 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 4th Graders- Julie Carew
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
2:55-3:45- Four Corners 3rd Grade Violins B- Allyson Michal
3:45-4:30- Greenfield Middle School- All students- Allyson Michal, Rafe Wolman, Julie Carew

Saturday Ensembles (at Artspace) held at the end of each week that we have classes

10:00-10:45 Beginner (3rd Grade) Ensemble
10:45-11:45 Continuing Students
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
December 6th 5:30-7pm at 281 Main St- Artspace PopUp
December 10th 6:30pm at GMS Federal St Student Concert
December 17th 6:00pm at DSFC- DSFC Students Concert
December 20th 8:30am at Newton School- All-School Meeting Performance
February 1st2:00pm- Advanced Ensemble Plays at Winter Carnival at the LAVA Center
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!

Beginner Parent Workshops

We will meet the first Monday evening at 7:30pm OR the first Saturday at 10:00 of each month* (October -Dec and Feb-May)- Choose the day (Monday or Saturday) that works best for you.

*The March Saturday Meeting will be held on March 14th because of the Pottery Sale.

Continuing Parent Workshops (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

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass
Cultural Council, a state agency.

Classics for Kids

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