The Buffalo State Summer Music Institute offers students in grades 7-12 from Buffalo and throughout Western New York the opportunity to improve their performance ability and develop a broad foundation of basic musicianship skills. Classical and Jazz camps are one week long and students are immersed in music rehearsals, lectures, masterclasses, seminars and ensemble performance.
Pianists in grades 7-9 an 10-12 have the opportunity to continue their musical development in an intensive 1-week session. The piano curriculum will focus on exploring the broad spectrum of experiences than can begin with classical piano study. In addition to solo repertoire performance, pianists will explore the world of collaborative piano and get to know the harpsichord and organ.
The Buffalo Urban Music Project (BUMP) is a community music program housed in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State. At BUMP, 4th through 8th grade students living in the Western New York region participate in ensembles, classes, and lessons lead by Buffalo State faculty and undergraduate music education majors.
Jazz workshops are small performing ensembles for 6th-12th grade instrumental music students. Students learn the fundamentals of jazz including listening, performing, improvising, composing, arranging, and transcribing. Rehearsals take place Sunday afternoons in Rockwell Hall and are led by Buffalo State music faculty and students.
Experience the joys of music making with your child! In this research-based and internationally-recognized program, skilled teachers guide you and your child through carefully planned music and movement activities. These experiences foster your child's innate potential for being musical and creative and help you recognize and reinforce your child's music development. Classes feature a broad array of music and activities. Classes available for children from Birth up to age 4.
Group Piano classes are designed for adolescents and adults who are interested in learning how to play the piano in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Each student will learn note reading, piano technique, and basic musicianship skills. Instruction is tailored to the needs of individual students. Courses will meet in the Buffalo State Piano Lab, equipped with digital keyboards, a teacher's station, and the abiltiy to link multiple users over headsets. Practice outside of class will be necessary and those enrolled in the class should have access to a practice instrument.
The course will focus on the creative use of sound/music through the exploration of technology. Students will be introduced to a variety of digital music effects, tools, and techniques, learning the basics of the production and manipulation of digital audio. A variety of open source programs will be used to spark students imaginations, grow their knowledge base, and develop their skills in working with digital music as they begin their own creative projects.