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
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




JINGLEFEST Please join us on Friday evening, Dec. 7 at 281 Main Street in Greenfield during the JingleFest! We will be indoors, in the same location we had for the Halloween pop-up. There will be live music and art activities for all ages. Everything is free. Multiple arts events will be happening throughout downtown. If you’d like to play, just bring your instrument. It should be a lot of fun!

WE NEED BAKERS! Artspace has been given the opportunity to have a bake sale during the Holiday Spectacular at The Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15. The Holiday Spectacular is a wonderful collection of song, dance, spoken word and comedic skit — like a local version of a Judy Garland holiday special. It calls itself “a family-friendly, mildly funky, non-denominational take on the holidays.” Please donate homemade baked goods for this Artspace fundraiser. Money we raise will help support Strings For Kids and other programming. There is no minimum requirement – make what you can: cookies, pastries, cupcakes, muffins, candies. Be creative! Drop off is Thursday Dec. 13 – bring your sweets to Artspace, 15 Mill St. in Greenfield – noon to 5:30. Please email our executive director Samantha Wood to let her know what to expect:
If you are willing to volunteer to help with the bake sale during intermission at the performances, please contact Artspace Executive Director Sam Wood at the above email, or call 413-772-6811.
You can learn more about the performance and get tickets here:

ARTSPACE RECITAL Our next big concert will be on Sunday, Feb. 3rd, at 2 p.m., at the Church of Sts. James and Andrew.

FEDERAL STREET CONCERT Dec. 18th at 6:30. Students should arrive at 6.

FOUR CORNERS CONCERT Dec. 13th at 6. Please be there by 5:45!

NO SFK CLASSES from Dec. 17th-Jan. 6th. We hope you have a happy holiday!

Thank you!
Heather (, Julie (, and Sam (


Classics for Kids


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