Violins come out of adjustment, and require periodic inspection.  In middle income settings, these arrangements are made through leasing agreements or new purchase warranties. 

In tuition free music schools common in low income settings, neither of these conditions exist.  Any adjustment activity is an added expense.  Music teachers are not schooled in instrument repair, nor are the time constraints on a group lesson conducive to these activities.


This photo is several years old now.  Elijah was a newly arrived Palestinian refugee at the time.  The non-profit had no instruments except an 3/4 size double base.  It tips him over when he tries to get it up the stairs. 

There was no saying "no!"   If you have an idle bowed instrument collecting dust in your house, please consider kids like this, and email us at