Strings For Kids

Strings For Kids is in its 10th 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!

MARCH 2018

NO SATURDAY ENSEMBLE on April 7th, 21st, or 28th. We WILL meet Saturday, April 14th.

NEWTON SCHOOL CONCERT will be on Thursday, April 12th, at 6:00 p.m. Students should arrive at 5:30 p.m. Newton students will also perform at the All School Meeting on Friday, April 13th, so please remember to send your child to school with their instrument!

SFK FUNDRAISER VIDEO Does your child want to be in a video to help raise money for Strings for Kids? If so, come to our open filming session! We will conduct short interviews at Artspace on Saturday, April 28th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested students should be prepared to talk about why they love Strings for Kids, why they love playing, and why they think the program is valuable. We’ll be sharing this video far and wide!    

ADVANCED STRING INTENSIVE will be the week of July 16th-20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It’s FREE for all returning SFK students, so sign up! We always have tons of fun!

REGISTRATION FORMS for both the Advanced String Intensive and SFK Returning Students 2018-19 are available on our website. Please register as soon as possible.  Hard copies will be sent out next month in case you do not have access to the internet to register online.
Click here for the continuing registration form for the 2018-19 school year.
Click here for the summer class registration page. Select “Advanced String Intensive” from the list of classes.

ARTSPACE SPRING RECITAL will be on Sunday, May 20th at St. James and Andrew’s (on the corner of Church St. and Federal St.) We will divide the recital into two different hours, one at 3:00 p.m., and one at 4:30 p.m.

MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENTS FROM RECYCLABLES will be on Friday, April 27th from 5:00p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is FREE for all ages!

BOWL-A-RAMA, a benefit for Artspace! Sunday, May 6, 12pm-2pm.  

Come join us for an afternoon of fun at Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley, Memorial Dr, Shelburne Falls, MA 01341.  ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT Artspace’s SFK program, art and music classes and lessons and the Gallery shows.  Join Artspace and SFK families for an afternoon of FUN!!

Heather Sommerlad
SFK Director and Instructor    


Schedule for the SFK Program as of August 24, 2017

Group Lessons in the schools begin the week of September 11, 2017

Federal Street School:
3rd grade Violins: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Heather Sommerlad
3rd grade Cellos: Fridays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Cecilia Berger
All 4th grade: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Maria Ramsey

Four Corners School:
3rd grade Violins: Mondays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Maria Ramsey
3rd grade Cellos: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Julie Carew
All 4th grade: Tuesdays 2:55 pm – 3:45 pm with Eleni Yalanis

Newton Street School:
3rd grade Violins: Wednesdays 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm with Maria Ramsey
3rd grade Cellos: Thursdays 2:40 pm – 3:25 pm with Cecilia Berger
All 4th grade: Wednesdays 1:55 pm – 2:40 pm with Maria Ramsey

All SFK students: Fridays 3:40 pm – 4:30 pm with Heather Sommerlad and Cecilia Berger

Saturday ensembles will begin September 23, 2017
3rd graders: 9:15 am – 10:00 am with Heather Sommerlad This ensemble has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
4th-12th graders: 10:00 am – 11:00 am with Heather Sommerlad


Strings For Kids Question Of The Week

Week of 3/26-30:

Question: What great concert hall was built in April 1891?

Answer: Carnegie Hall, in New York City, it is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music.

Week of 4/2-4/6:

Question: When is the Summer Advanced String Intensive?

Answer: Mon-Fri. July 16-20, 9am-12pm.






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