Blue Ridge Strings Program


The Blue Ridge Strings Program is introducing the study of classical music on stringed instruments to 4th and 5th grade children in Floyd County. Through hands on instruction and creative enrichment, the program supports growth and development by instilling a deep appreciation for music and specific skill in performance.

Co-sponsored by Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (VBRMF) and The June Bug Center (JBC), the program offers classes at the JBC for two hours each week. The children ride Floyd’s after school bus to the JBC, and receive an after-school snack before participating in a small group, one hour music lesson followed by a musical enrichment activity.

The program started in the Fall of 2017 and is beginning with violin instruction from a certified Suzuki instructor. As the program grows, it will expand to include classical guitar, viola, and cello instruction.

Instruments and snacks will be provided free of charge to those who choose to participate. Tuition for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch is $60 per semester. Tuition for other students is $120 per semester. Scholarships will be provided for students who are unable to pay.

The creative enrichment program will be taught by guest artists and teachers. Special “musical outings” will be included, as well as opportunities to perform publicly.

The program follows a model similar to the highly successful Floyd JAMS, now in its 6th year at the JBC.

Ways you can help the Blue Ridge Strings Program provide this special musical opportunity to Floyd’s children:

Donate an instrument — or the yearly rental cost ($129)

Provide a student scholarship — $60 or $120/semester

Volunteer — assist with the enrichment program

Text “Strings” to (540) 692-3441 to donate any amount

Contribute with PayPal or your credit card online here

Let us know your interest or questions by contacting us at or 276-952-6580.