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Scarsdale Strings Brings Music Programming Back To Schools

Scarsdale Strings founder Anna Stampfli, with two of her pupils.
Scarsdale Strings founder Anna Stampfli, with two of her pupils. Photo Credit: Courtesy Scarsdale Strings

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale Strings founder Anna Stampfli is hoping to enlighten the lives of children through quality music education.

"For many families, finding such quality education is difficult, particularly when schools have been forced to reduce or eliminate their musical offerings due to budgetary pressure," Scarsdale Strings representatives said in a press release. "Scarsdale Strings is introducing families of all financial backgrounds to fun and educational music instruction that will enrich their lives."

Stampfli has worked as a violinist for more than 40 years and a veteran New York City school teacher. She created Scarsdale Strings in 2011 and since then the business has helped more than 3,000 students in more than 75 schools in the tri-state area.

"From its inception Scarsdale Strings augmented music programming in schools by introducing instrument education for Pre K- 2nd grade as most school districts delay such instruction until the 3rd grade," representatives said.

“Research has shown that when children are introduced to the type of music instruction that Scarsdale Strings offers before or by the age of 3 children are found to test higher in their math and critical thinking abilities” said Stampfli. “One of the powerful aspects of our program is the flexibility we offer to schools. An institution can choose from a wide menu of options including large group and small ensemble instruction, full and partial week instruction, classical and modern instruments, beginning through advanced level, static and progressive curricula, and much more. We let the school decide what program will be best for them in terms of style, depth and instrumentation, and due to our unique structure, Scarsdale Strings is able to provide a significant cost advantage over traditional programs.”

To help those in need, Stampfli recently started Scarsdale Strings Cares. The organization helps raise funds to create seed music programs at schools that have lost their programming. The organization installs a full program -- seed capital, teachers, instruments and curricula -- and partners with the schools in future fund raising, representatives said.

"Through a virtuous cycle of positive feedback and grass roots promotion, Scarsdale Strings works with the school to make the new program self-sufficient," representatives said.

For more information on the organization and its programs, residents are asked to contact Anna Stampfli at 914-269-7946 or anna@scarsdalestrings.com.

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