In 2015 we launched a continuing partnership program with the East End Community School in Portland that allows every third grader to learn to play the violin at no cost to students or their families. In the fall, classes explore the violin through in-class instruction for 4 weeks. After that they have the option to continue a weekly class as part of the school’s “Rise and Shine Program before the school day begins.

In January, students who have opted to continue with the program get to take the instruments provided by 317 Main home  each day for the remainder of the school year.

“Thanks to our partnership with 317 Main, we’ve introduced hundreds of third grade students to violin and given them the chance to choose to continue weekly classes at no cost to their families. This provides a great opportunity for all of our students and generates both student and parent interest in the violin and music.”

– Dan Nogar
Dean of Students, East End Community School, Portland
Watch this video Caroline Cornish WCSH6 did on the fiddle program at East End Community School.


In the fall of 2017, we began offering Garage Band on Wednesday mornings to help jump start kids’ creativity at the start of the school day.

Read more  to see what happens inside a Garage Band class.


Third graders are all smiles as they get ready to take home their violins for the first time.

Students listening to each others superhero theme songs in Garage Band, a Partnership Program between 317 Main and East End Community School