Spirit Choir on stage

Music in the Community

Community Arts Academy

The Community Arts Academy (CAA) is a division of the School of Arts and Humanities at Buffalo State. With instruction provided by Buffalo State faculty and student interns, CAA classes and workshops are research-based and provide students with engaging, hands-on experiences rooted in the most contemporary pedagogical approaches.

The Music Department is pleased to offer a series of courses for students and music lovers from across the Western New York region.

Early Childhood Music and Movement

Summer Music Institute

Youth Jazz Workshop


Music Major For A Day

High school students interested in pursuing a degree in music or music education have the opportunity to spend a day with Buffalo State faculty and students with this free event.

Learn About Music Major For A Day

Summer Music Institute

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 skills in classical, jazz, or musical theatre. 

Learn About the Summer Music Institute

Early Childhood Music and Movement

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.

Learn About Early Childhood Music and Movement

Buffalo Urban Music Project (BUMP)

BUMP is a community music for 4th - 8th grade students living in the Western New York region. Students participate in ensembles, classes, and lessons led by Buffalo State faculty and undergraduate music education majors.

On hiatus for 2023-2024 year.

Our Alumni

Our alumni are ever-present, and  making a difference in their communities.

Meet Our Alumni

Music Educator of the Year Awards

Colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to their students, their institution, and the field of music education are awarded by Buffalo State faculty and students collaborate with dozens of dedicated and talented music educators from around western New York.

Meet Our Award Winners