Buffalo String Works' mission is to provide high-quality music instruction on stringed instruments to children of low-income, refugee and immigrant parents. We currently serve 65 K-8th grade children of recently-arrived refugee families, displaced from all over the globe, now settled on Buffalo's West Side, where more than half of its residents live under or just above the federal poverty level. Through music, Buffalo String Works (BSW) offers a creative outlet for children and their families, searching for a sense of belonging in a new community. Music is a universal language, and thus particularly important for recent refugee and immigrant children, whose grasp of English is often tenuous and who rarely speak each others’ languages. By crossing these ethnic boundaries, BSW helps to bring the community together, benefitting not only our students but their families as well.  

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