Welcome to Buffalo String Works!
Our mission is to provide high-quality music instruction on stringed instruments to children of low-income, refugee and immigrant parents. We serve a community that is comprised primarily of recently displaced families from all over the globe, thus we recognize the significance of music as a universal language. We offer a creative outlet for children and their families, searching for a sense of belonging in a new community.
Buffalo String Works (BSW) is inspired by the model of El Sistema, a best practice program of music instruction currently offered in many cities around the world, targeting children from low-income, underserved communities. El Sistema studies have shown the great benefit of regular, after-school music programs for children in such underserved communities.
As committed educators, we also aim to create an environment that transcends our local efforts, by providing a training ground for teachers who will carry on and expand comparable programs. By cultivating our teachers' pedagogical and artistic skills and by affording them the opportunity to connect with Buffalo's refugee community on a deep, personal level, we hope to see leaders emerge to build a socially-aware and sustainable program of musical advancement for our city and beyond.