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



MARCH 2019

ARTSPACE SPRING RECITAL will be on Sunday, May 19th, 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 15th-19th, 9:00 a.m.-
12:00 p.m., at Artspace. It’s free for all continuing SFK students! We will be handing
out registration forms in the next couple of months, but feel free to register your child
online at

FEDERAL STREET CONCERT SFK students from Federal St. will be playing at
their school concert on Monday, March 25th, 6:30 p.m. Please arrive by 6. There will
also be an in school performance that day. (Please note that fourth graders will need
to bring their instrument to school on Monday the 25th to participate in the concert.)

will be playing at their All School Meeting on Friday, May 3rd.

interested in participating in Strings for Kids next year? We will be starting the process
of signing up new students soon. Encourage your second grade friends to join next
year! The Beginner Intensive will be from August 12th-16th.

NO SFK ON FRIDAY MARCH 29TH Students at GMS and Federal St. will not
have class on the half day.

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.