Our Mission:


By providing free classical music education, 240 Strings cultivates young minds and hearts, while building community along the way.


World class musicians, heartfelt instruction:

Co-founded in 2016 by the internationally acclaimed musicians of the Portland Piano Trio, 240 Strings is the only organization in Portland, ME to provide 100% FREE private classical music education to students unable to afford instruction.

If the day starts with violin, you know it’s going to be a GREAT day!
— Lola, 240 Strings student

Our Partners: Our partners are as varied as our students! They are parents, Portland Public Schools teachers and principals, local businesses (such as Coffee By Design, above!) and generous private foundations and trusts. Without community involvement, we would not succeed!


52% of Portland's elementary school kids qualify for free or reduced lunch.



30 minute music lessons each year

240 Strings provides 30 weeks of private and group instruction throughout the school year.



point increase on SAT

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students in music scored over 100 points higher than students with no music participation. -College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College entrance Examination Board

(The kids) are all destined for great things if people have their backs. If there’s anything I can do, I’ll pitch in where I can.
— Sam, 240 Strings Parent

Our Program:

Our model is based on the foundations of chamber music. We form student trios (one piano, one violin and one cello = 240 Strings!) for group class, which means the teacher/student ratio is extremely small. They learn about working as a team, listening and communicating, and encouraging each other through the rough spots. As a trio, they develop the grit necessary to perform in a music group, as well as the musical skills required.

Students and their families join an exciting, involved musical community, led by the world-class professional musicians of the Portland Piano Trio.  With free access to performances around the region and individualized programming and instruction, 240 Strings is thriving.

Our free community concert season has grown to four concerts this year, hosted by Maine Charitable Mechanic Association. Creative Portland has been “instrumental” in getting the word out about our program and assisting with flash concerts in surprising places. News Center Maine featured 240 Strings on an episode of “207.”  


...most of (the students) were on hand on Monday to give enthusiastic performances of a couple of short ensemble pieces, and revel in an audience’s applause. They clearly enjoyed showing off their budding talents, which is as it should be.
— Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald