BPS Music for Youth: Celebrating WNY

Western New York is home to rich musical history and talent. Our community has played a role in historical events and served as inspiration in music.

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

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Mvt. III “Scherzo”
by Antonín Dvořák

Dramatic music influenced by America’s landscape and indigenous musical traditions.

THE IROQUOIS SIX NATIONS AND DVOŘÁK

Learn how Native American melodies influenced Dvořák’s music.
Grades 3-6 suggested

Rabbit Dance
Traditional Native American song

Recorded on the Allegany Reservation

This is a companion video to Dvořák above.

Pure Note from Whistler Waves
by Caroline Mallonee

An inventive musical representation of the nature that is all around us by a Western New York composer.

MUSIC IN NATURE

Explore pitch and intonation through the science of vibration.
Grades 3-5 suggested

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
arr. by Harry Burleigh

Explore Buffalo’s role in the Underground Railroad through this familiar spiritual. Featuring local music educator, Karen Saxon.

SPIRITUALS ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Discover the role spirituals and the Buffalo/Niagara region played in the Underground Railroad.
Grades 1-6 suggested

Invincible Eagle
by John Philip Sousa

March through history and the events that helped put Buffalo on the map.

FORM & HISTORY OF MARCH MUSIC

Buffalo’s connection to a famous Sousa march.
Grades 1-8 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

Designed to be a flexible season concert pass for high school students to enjoy BPO performances at a discounted rate. Only $29 per student and free for Buffalo Public School students.

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Music Education Resources

Access additional music education resources.

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BPO Teaching Artists

Bring unique arts engagement into your classroom or virtual learning through the dynamism of the BPO’s professional musicians.

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Education Sponsors

Education programs are made possible through generous annual donations and significant investment from the BPO.