Strings For Kids

New Students- Register for Strings for Kids for Fall 2020 HERE

Wondering which instrument to play? Watch this video made by 2 of our Strings for Kids teachers!

SFK Spring 2020 Concert

This year, we had to do a Virtual Concert for our end of the year performance. Students and teachers worked very hard making and putting together videos, practicing music and finding outdoor spaces to share their performances. We live streamed it on Facebook Live, you can view it here, if you like. The Concert begins at about the 5:30 mark.

An excerpt from the statement written by the Strings for Kids Faculty for our concert:

“We’re deeply saddened by recent events- the violence and racism that have led to protests around the country and the world this past week. These events have reminded many of us that our country is, unfortunately, still not one where everyone has equal rights and opportunities. Unlike COVID-19, racism against African-Americans and other People of Color has been built into our society, and will continue to be a problem for generations unless we each find ways to make changes.

Here at Strings for Kids, we realize that if we do nothing, we are part of the problem. We continue to have conversations around how to be more equitable and more accessible to all of the students in our town. In the following weeks and months, we welcome your feedback on how we can do this better.

This may not see like typical subject matter for an end-of-year concert, but we felt it necessary to say something. We value all of our young musicians and want to do everything we can to give you, and all those aspiring young musicians we haven’t met yet, opportunities to experience the power of music.”

Strings For Kids just finished its 12th year in the Greenfield Public Schools!

Strings For Kids is an instrumental music program run by Artspace in collaboration with Greenfield Public Schools, and offers low-cost violin and cello lessons to students in Grade 3 and above.

During the school year students receive weekly small group and large ensemble lessons. During the summer, students have the option to participate in week long music camps. We also perform frequently around our community throughout the year.

During this time of Quarantine, Strings for Kids has continued with video assignments and individual and group lessons. We regularly examine and reevaluate our plan to meet the needs of our students and help keep us all safe and healthy! If you have any questions, you can email our director, Julie Carew at

Strings for Kids Faculty

Julie Carew is a cello teacher with a Bachelor’s of Music in Cello Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and a Masters of Music in Cello Performance specializing in Suzuki Pedagogy from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, CO. While living in Denver, Julie maintained a private studio of nearly 40 students and taught through Denver Talent Education, a Suzuki group program for students in the greater Denver area. She also founded City Strings, an outreach string program in an underserved area of Denver in 2001. Since returning to New England in 2007, Julie has been teaching private and group classes at her home and has held teaching positions at the Suzuki School of Newton, Community Music Center of Boston, and the Powers Music School. Julie has been on the Artspace faculty since 2016 and now directs the Strings for Kids program.

Allyson Michal,
violin, is a member of the Hartford Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer, she played concertmaster for the New Hampshire opera festival, Opera North. Additionally, she participated on international tours to Asia and Europe with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with them at Lincoln Center and the Proms in London.
Allyson enjoys collaborating in chamber ensembles of varied instrumentation. She especially enjoys working her husband, a horn player, and has given performances with him in many settings, including recitals at Bowling Green State Univeristy, Ohio University, and the Ohio State University. Their recording of “Persistant Tracings”, a piece for horn, violin and electronics, will be released in 2020. She has also performed on multiple occasions with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Allyson is a graduate of Indiana University and Northwestern University, and has also performed with Chicago Civic Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony. Principal teachers include Kurt Sassmanshaus and Mauricio Fuks.

Rafe Wolman teaches violin and fiddle and has a Bachelor of Arts from Mcgill University in Montreal. Rafe grew up in the Boston area, playing the violin in public school, local youth orchestras, and student jazz ensembles. He began playing fiddle music (on the violin) in Montreal at Sunday night Bluegrass Night, as well as backing up many bluegrass, country and rock and roll singers in that city’s fertile music scene. These days, he plays for square dances, weddings, farmers’ markets, and on the street corners of Shelburne Falls during leaf-peeping season. Rafe teaches primarily Southern-style old time fiddle tunes, but is also well-versed in Cajun, bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, jazz and Eastern European musical traditions. He loves to work with students of all ages and is also a trained Suzuki Book One violin teacher. In lessons Rafe likes to emphasize learning tunes by ear, relaxed and effective technique, ensemble playing, and improvisation.

The Strings For Kids program is generously supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Greenfield Local Cultural Council, Classics for Kids and D’Addario Foundations.