What students say about Strings for Success:


  • "Playing the violin helps me stay focused."
  • “I feel proud of what I do.”
  • “It takes my mind off the negative stuff."
  • “It stimulates my mind.” 



Photo courtesy: Sara Joy Tiberio

Violin Instruction for All Students

Strings for Success is a free school-based violin instruction program of The Center for Youth in partnership with Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 in the Rochester City School District. Any interested student in grades 3-8 at School No. 19 can participate. Community violin instructors work closely with the school music teacher to provide individual and group violin lessons and opportunities to play in a violin ensemble.


Extended Learning Opportunities

Students gain valuable learning experiences beyond the music room:

- Every student plays in four school concerts each year.

- Students may also participate in up to six community concerts which are paired with activities to support academics and college and career awareness.

- Students have already performed with college orchestras, at festivals and in various museums and concert halls. In the spring of 2014, a group traveled as far as Washington D.C., performing on the Capital Steps, in front of the White House and at a Congressional Briefing on the Arts with the help of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. 

Long-Term Benefits

Strings for Success helps students develop confidence, self-discipline, perseverance, solid work habits and positive social skills like cooperation, respect, and working as part of a team. The young violinists also develop a love of learning and positive goals for the future.