The Music Department is a proud partner of Buffalo String Works, first spearheaded by Yuki Numata Resnick (former UB Professor of violin and viola), Elise Golove (music teacher at School 45) and Virginia Barron (violist and WNED radio announcer).
Buffalo String Works aims to benefit an under-served population on Buffalo’s west side by creating an enriching musical community. They serve recently displaced families from all over the globe, and recognize the importance of music as a universal language. Children receive high-quality instruction on stringed instruments and performance opportunities, which leads to a sense of belonging in their adopted community.
In addition, Buffalo String Works provides a training ground for teachers who will carry on and expand comparable programs, creating leaders that will emerge to build a sustainable programs of musical advancement. UB music student abd College Ambassador, Arielle Balthazard, is one such Teaching Artist who recently completed a tenure with Buffalo String Works.
“Not having much teaching experience, I had to learn how to help with lesson plans that would both target specific skills and reach every student, each with different needs and ability levels," Arielle says. "I was able to learn about many different cultures in the classroom from students who came from all over the world. No matter the culture or socioeconomic background of the students, we were all able to make music together.”