A young (10yo) student recently asked me for lessons (I'm currently working with another student at a local public library). She has a full-sized violin that belonged to her older sister, but it's much too large for her - I tested her out on a 1/2 size and it seemed to be a perfect fit. Also, her sister's bow hair is nearly completely unusable, and the stick is significantly warped.
It'd be a stretch for her family to purchase an instrument. I know there are a lot of loan programs out there (I've actually been researching some for myself as a pre-college student), but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any for low-income students without experience or accredited program affiliation? I know there are a lot of great outreach programs and music schools that could help with this, but my area doesn't offer any and most music schools/lessons are too pricey (at least for now - I'm hoping that after a few years of lessons my current students can become competent enough to get scholarship to study with a real teacher) - also, most public schools in the area unfortunately don't offer orchestra in elementary/middle school.
I'd hate to turn away a student because I couldn't find a way for her to get a violin to use - please let me know of any suggestions!