Inspiring the Next Generation

An after-school program of violin, cello, piano and guitar instruction for elementary and middle school students. Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of young people have participated in group lessons and recitals. In 2010, it was expanded into the school curriculum in the Sheridan School District. We believe the power of music to be a transformative experience for all people and have received positive feedback from teachers and participating parents alike.

Tuition and instrument rental costs are kept to a minimum, so all interested students can benefit from this opportunity. Classes are led by local professional musicians:
Violin: David Paul and Desiree Cedeno-Suarez
Cello: Evan Shelton Piano: Miriam Kepner
Guitar: Laura Husbands

Program Goals:

  • Deliver, in collaboration with Englewood and Sheridan School Districts, the best string music program possible for students in elementary and middle schools.
  • Make instrumental music instruction accessible to an underserved community.
  • Encourage consistent, goal-oriented practice habits
  • Offer beneficial effects on participants’ academic work and self-esteem that extend well beyond their musical skills.
  • Inspire children’s creativity and encourage lifelong appreciation of the arts.
  • Provide safe, supportive, nurturing in-school and after-school activities for children in the cities of Englewood and Sheridan.
  • Prepare elementary and middle school students for entry to the high school orchestra program proposed in Englewood next fall.


Fall 2018 Lessons Now Open

Our thanks to Eric Bertoluzzi and his staff!  Their hard work ensures that all students enrolled in Strings Attached this year will receive a weekly private lesson! Join us!

Fall 2018 Lessons begin August 27th. 

New for Fall:  Group Jam Class

Existing Strings Attached private students make up their own music, read guitar chords, and jam with their friends.  2-6 students per class. Open to Piano, Violin, Cello and Guitar. More information is available on our flyer.  CLICK HERE to see it.

New students can take the Jam Class and do lessons online too.  These were designed and are offered by the Jam Class instructor David Paul.  Visit the website to see the lesson videos.  Or contact David Paul, Music Lesson Coordinator for more information: Email:

Fall 2018 Lessons begin August 27th. 

Register Now!

Registration is now OPEN.  Students must be 7 years or older, up to 18 and attend a school in the Englewood School District.  Younger students are accepted on a case by case basis, by permission of their private teacher only.  You may register and pay by email or by mail.  1) Download the registration form, CLICK HERE 2) Complete it and return it with your payment or request an online invoice. (Directions and mailing address are on the form.)

Strings Attached was founded by Englewood Arts in collaboration with Englewood Public Schools. Tuition and instrumental rental costs are kept to a minimum, so all interested students can benefit from their participation in the classes.

Englewood Arts is pleased and fortunate to have these generous sponsors:

Scientific and Cultural Facilities District
Colorado Creative Industries
Englewood Education Foundation
The Fine Arts Foundation
The Bowan Family Fund
The Jackson Fenner Foundation
The City of Englewood
Museum of Outdoor Arts
PTSOs of participating schools
Schramm Foundation
Xcel Energy Foundation

Pre-school Music Program

Current education research indicates that reaching preschool age children with high quality music instruction can positively impact their scholastic achievement all the way through school, even into high school. Englewood Arts, in cooperation with Maddox Early Childhood Education Center is pleased to be able to share Mr. David’s Music Class with more than 200 children, twice a month.