Music for Youth: American Voices

American history is rooted in the voices of many cultures. The musical traditions of these diverse cultures enrich our country as a nation of many peoples.

The Star Spangled Banner
written by John Stafford Smith
words by Francis Scott Key

Our nation’s anthem brought to life on stage. Sing along with your BPO!

OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM

Learn the history and music of our national anthem.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Ellis Island: The Dream of America
by Peter Boyer

An intimate look at the experiences of Ellis Island immigrants coming to America.

AMERICAN STORIES IN MUSIC

Explore how composers express emotion through their musical choices.
Grades 7-12 suggested

West Side Stories: Coming to America

Hear from fellow students about their modern-day journey from far-away lands to the United States. Featuring accompaniment from cellist Levi Powe, winner of the 2018 Sphinx Competition performing Julie-O by Mark Summer.

This is a companion video to Ellis Island above.

Trigger warning: Some of the speakers in this video allude to violence in their home countries.

Dr. Nick
by PROJECT Trio
Beatboxing tutorial by Greg Pattillo

Beatbox with your BPO!

YOUR VOICE IS YOUR INSTRUMENT

Learn how to beatbox!
Grades 5-8 suggested

De Colores
arr. by Lucas Richman

Sing along or play along with this beautiful Spanish folk song! Find beginning band and orchestra instrumental parts below. Featuring vocalist Alejandro Gómez.

DE COLORES

Sing or play along with this traditional Spanish folk song.
Grades 1-6 suggested

Escaramuza
by Gabriela Lena Frank

Escaramuza signifies “skirmish” in the Spanish language and is inspired by the kachampa music of Andean Peru.

The End of This Life
poem by Brandon Williamson

BPO poet-in-residence Brandon Williamson performs one of his original poems on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall.

CULTURAL HERITAGES

Discover the life and music of a living American composer.
Grades 5-8 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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