Strings for Success

A violin instruction program in partnership with The Center for Youth and Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School 19

Who We Are

Strings for Success (SFS) is a free, inclusive, and innovative instrumental strings program available to all students in grades 2-8 at the Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School 19 in the Rochester City School District. In addition to high-quality music instruction, SFS students participate in ensembles, performances, field trips, and learning opportunities with visiting artists from Rochester and beyond. Strings for Success is offered during the school day so that all interested students can participate.

SFS began in 2008 with the vision that all children should have the opportunity to benefit from the life-changing power of learning a musical instrument. Through a partnership between the Center for Youth and School 19, Strings for Success started with 16 students, 2 volunteer violin teachers, and donated instruments. Over a decade later, the program has grown rapidly and now serves over 100 School 19 students annually.

Strings for Success aims to nurture whole child development through its many learning components. The program fosters social-emotional, cognitive, and fine-motor development; builds executive functioning, problem-solving, and teamwork skills; and supports academic success and college/career awareness.

Strings for Success students have performed with professional, college, and community orchestras, at festivals and in various museums and concert halls. Our past field trips have included travel to Albany, Washington DC, New York City, and Boston, where SFS students have performed at historical sites such as the Capital (for a Congressional Briefing on the Arts), the 911 Memorial, and the JFK Presidential Museum and Library.

What We Do

  • Violin lessons for all interested students in the second-eighth grades at School 19
  • Lessons in viola, cello and double bass starting in the sixth grade
  • Private and small group lessons
  • Multiple ensemble opportunities depending on age and skill level
  • Formal school concerts
  • Extended learning experiences beyond the classroom
  • Community performances and field trips within and outside of the Rochester community to support academics and college and career awareness
  • Master classes with professional musicians
  • Audition preparation for the Rochester City School Districts’ School of the Arts
  • Volunteer opportunities for parents

What we see

  • Strings for Success helps students develop confidence and pride in their talents, creativity, and accomplishments.
  • Strings for Success supports academics, improves school attendance, and develops solid work habits, perseverance, and self-discipline.
  • Strings for Success fosters cooperation, respect, and working as part of a team.
  • Strings for Success nurtures a love of learning and positive goals for the future.

See us In action

Summer Prelude

In case you missed the Summer Prelude, the annual benefit concert for Strings for Success, here it is! Strings for Success is a partnership between The Center for Youth and School 19.

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