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Neighborhood Strings make music together

Neighborhood Strings is an El-Sistema inspired, community-based program of the Worcester Chamber Music Society (WCMS) that offers free music lessons in violin, viola and cello to youth from Worcester’s Downtown and Main South neighborhoods. The program provides affordable, high-quality arts education, fosters family involvement, and is open and accessible to the neighborhoods. Youth learn to […]

Southern Dallas Residency

Highlights from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s new program, Young Musicians, as part of the organization’s Southern Dallas Residency. VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Young Musicians performing with DSO Musicians at our recent Annual Meeting VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Young Musicians Program Summer Camps In Dallas, the ultimate goal of Young Musicians is to provide every student in Southern Dallas, […]

Excited to be learning!

From the Vanderveer Park Program:  “Thanks to the Classics for Kids Foundation, we were able to start our new violin/strings program in May 2019.  We now have six students who participate in a group lesson on Saturdays.  They love it and are excited to be learning a new instrument.  There are also four children on […]

2019 3rd Quarter Grants

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter grant recipients: Boston After-School Music: This after-school general music program in an economically and socially challenged area is adding strings to give the kids there grades 4-5 more ways to experience music. There is currently no music offered in this system during the school day. The student population is 90% […]

No strings program to thriving strings program

Twenty years ago, the public schools in Redding, California had no strings program. It had been eliminated along with many other strings programs around America as a common solution to budget problems. Mike McLaughlin, the school superintendent, had read about the benefits of young students playing an instrument and decided to try an experiment. He […]

We’ve given matching grants in all 50 states!

As of July 2019, CFKF has Grant Partners in all 50 States nationwide. It has been a long-sought goal for CFKF to support string programs serving at-risk and rural kids throughout America though our matching grant program; many states have multiple CFKF grant initiatives completed or in progress. For more information, please visit