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After-School Strings



About the Program

      The After-School Strings Program is the core educational program of Palaver Strings and the Palaver Music Center and provides quality string education for young people interested in playing classical stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass). Instruction is based largely on the Suzuki Method for the first few years. Students in the strings program receive private and small group instruction and an instrument.. The program operates for 25 weeks and follows the academic calendar (October – May). 

This year’s program is open to any student entering Kindergarten in September 2019.


Next Session: 25 Week Course from October 2019 to May 2020

When: Mondays & Wednesdays from 4-6PM

Where: 85 Grant St. Portland, Maine

Application Deadline: September 16, 2019

       Programming takes place twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays between 4-6pm at The Parkside Head Start (85 Grant St. Portland, ME). The schedule will differ depending on the instrument. Students are expected to commit to one private lesson (45 minutes) and one group class (45 minutes) a week in addition to regular practice at home.

Our Kindergarten class will focus on learning the basic fundamentals of playing a string instrument, how to play in small groups, as well as basic music reading. The class will finish off with a culminating recital in May where students will share what they have learned throughout the program.



Tuition and Fees

All students who did not participate in our Introduction to Strings class must pay a non-refundable $25 registration fee per student or $40 per family to reserve their spot in the program. 

This program operates on a pay-by-scale tuition model where the cost of the program is determined by household income. Cost of the program can range from $25 per month to $250 per month.To see what tuition amount you qualify for please visit our sliding scale by clicking here.

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Financial Aid

We are committed to ensuring that all interested students can participate regardless of financial background. Students may apply for additional financial aid for remaining tuition or help with registration fees. To apply please fill out this application and mail with supporting documents to the address below.





Print and mail in a physical application to:

Palaver Strings 

45 Exchange Street 

Suite 300E 

Portland, ME 04101


The deadline to apply is September 16, 2019

If you have any questions please reach out to Palaver’s Managing Director of Education, Matthew Smith ( or Education Coordinator, Brianna Fischler (