Simply Strings

Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed, social-action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Beginning in second grade, children in this program receive daily, intensive ensemble instruction two hours a day, five days a week after school. The program is based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in the Roseland School District.

Through the Simply Strings program, I have noticed students build confidence, learn time management and self-discipline skills. They are encouraged to takes risks and most importantly, they feel a part of a positive, musically focused community.
– Jenny Young, Principal, Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School.

Questions about Simply Strings? Contact Program Manager, Ryan Contreras:

Simply Strings Mission Statement

We believe music education can effect positive social change. Our mission is to inspire children to strive for excellence through music learning and ensemble participation.

Simply Strings Vision Statement

Through musical engagement, children grow into empathetic, resilient, and fully engaged citizens, committed to continued individual growth.

Simply Strings Guiding Principles

  • Music is a joyful instrument of social change
  • Accessibility is fundamental: all children should be given the opportunity to participate
  • Ensemble experience develops invaluable life skills such as empathy, cooperation, dependability and commitment
  • Mentoring and peer support strengthen confidence, encourage responsibility and maintain engagement

Photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography