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Introduction to Strings



About the Program

       Introduction to Strings offers Preschool or Pre-K students from Portland and surrounding communities the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of playing a string instrument. The program provides high-quality beginning violin, viola and cello instruction in a small group setting. For many students, this head-start training may encourage them to continue the study of a musical instrument in Palaver’s core After-School Strings Program.


Next Session: 16 Week Course January to May 2020

When: Tuesdays 3:30-4:15PM or 4:30-515PM

Where: 24 Preble Street, Portland, Maine

Application Deadline: December 13, 2019

       Classes meet once a week on Tuesdays from January to May and take place at the Immigrant Welcome Center of Greater Portland (24 Preble Street, Portland, Maine). Classes are 45-minutes and focus on learning the parts of the instrument, proper set-up, and ear training while building creativity and new friendships. The class will finish off with an exciting culminating recital in May where students will share all that they have learned throughout the program.



Tuition and Fees

All students must pay a non-refundable $25 registration fee per student or $40 per family to reserve their spot in the program. Students may apply for additional financial aid for remaining tuition or registration fees.

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 $35 to $350. To see what tuition amount you qualify for please review our sliding scale by clicking here. Tuition includes all classes, an instrument, case, and all take-home materials.

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 December 13, 2019

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