BPS Music for Youth: BPO Musical Passport

Music from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America each has its own unique forms, instruments, and rhythms and melodies.

The Erie Canal Song: Low Bridge, Everybody Down
by Thomas S. Allen
arr. by Jay Matthews

Explore the history of the Erie Canal through this fun, silly song! Featuring local music educator, Karen Saxon.

THE ERIE CANAL SONG

Discover the impact of the Erie Canal on New York State and the United States.
Grades 1-4 suggested

The Magic Flute Overture
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart lived in Europe, which is the birthplace of the orchestra.

MELODIES AROUND THE WORLD

Learn about Western diatonic scales and melodies in Mozart’s music.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Africa, Mvt. III “Land of Superstition”
by William Grant Still

An exciting rhythmic feature celebrating African culture and heritage.

RHYTHMS AROUND THE WORLD

Rhythm is central in driving a steady beat in African music.
Grades 1-4 suggested

“Feast” from Arabic Suite
by Agnes Bashir

Middle Eastern melodies come together in this celebratory dance-song.

MELODIES AROUND THE WORLD

Become familiar with modal scales in traditional Arab music.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Flower Drum Song from Feng Yang from Folk Songs for Orchestra
by Huang Ruo

Folk songs reflect the life, culture and soul of a civilization.

MELODIES AROUND THE WORLD

The pentatonic scale provides the melodic foundation for much of the music of Asian cultures.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Brasil 
by Ary Barroso

One of the most representative works of the country of Brazil, this popular song is responsible for ushering in a new genre of samba.

RHYTHMS AROUND THE WORLD

Discover the clavé rhythm in Latin American dance music.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Ellington Fantasy
by Duke Ellington

Composer Duke Ellington is famous for popularizing American jazz music.

RHYTHMS AROUND THE WORLD

Jazz music is characterized by improvisation, swing and syncopated rhythms.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Sabre Dance 
by Aram Khachaturian

One of the most recognizable works worldwide with a special connection to Buffalo’s sports community.

Instruments Around the World 

Explore instrument families of the orchestra and make connections to other musical instruments from cultures around the world.

INSTRUMENTS AROUND THE WORLD

Identify characteristics of each instrument family in the orchestra and explore musical instruments of other cultures around the world.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Additional Resources

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#PlayOnWNY

Choose and practice an instrument along with BPO musicians through the #PlayOnWNY series featuring 70+ videos.

High school student members with Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell

Symphony Hall Pass

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Music Education Resources

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