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Basic Video Game Level Design (6th-12th)

Covering the basics of video game design with 3D modeling, texturing, and animation in the college design studio with free software users can access and use at home. This ten hour course will provide an introduction to the concepts of narrative and character setting in a single level of a video game of the student's design.

Buffalo Urban Music Program - BUMP (4th-8th)

BUMP enhances the music education of middle school students in the city of Buffalo through offering high-quality music instruction. Students are bussed to campus from their respective schools, and receive group instruction in string, wind and percussion, jazz, and vocal ensembles. Within those ensembles, students receive individualized instruction from interns and instruction in music theory, improvisation, and composition—learning that enriches their public school music experiences. 

BUMP provides an exemplar model for music education. Through developing best practices based on current research findings, BUMP provides a model for music teaching and learning for our music education undergraduates, as well as for in-service music teachers and administrators from our area and beyond. In addition, the supervised pre-service teaching experience our interns gain is a unique aspect of our degree and provides a model for undergraduate music education curricula.

The Buffalo Urban Music Project (BUMP) is a community music program housed in Rockwell Hall at SUNY Buffalo State.

We offer instruction in:

  • Voice
  • Traditional Band and Orchestra Instruments
  • Guitar and Piano
  • African Drumming
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation 

Collaborative Photography Workshop (8th-12th)

Students work collaboratively to explore camera function, and then film and printing processes in a studio environment. Students will learn aspects of camera use, photography history and print applications in this two-day, eight-hour workshop.

Jazz Workshop (6th-12th)

Jazz workshops are small performing ensembles for 6th-12th grade instrumental music students. Students learn the fundamentals of jazz including listening, performing, improvising, composing, arranging, and transcribing. Rehearsals take place Sunday afternoons in Rockwell Hall and are led by Buffalo State music faculty and students.

Auditioning for Jazz Workshops at Buffalo State

Auditions are for placement purposes only and will be held to determine appropriate groups for students. 

Students should be prepared to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of commonly used scales and chords (e.g., major, minor, dominant, and dorian) 
  2. An improvised solo on a 12-bar blues in the key of concert Bb or F (e.g., "Blue Monk" or "Tenor Madness")
  3. Sight Reading
  4. The melody of "Joy Spring"

       Please prepare the clef and key appropriate for your instrument:
         Treble clef -- Piano, Flute, and Violin
         Bb -- Trumpets, Clarinets, and Tenor Saxophone
         Eb -- Alto Saxophone and Baritone Saxophone
         Bass clef -- Trombone, Tuba, Cello, and Bass 

Be prepared to demonstrate commonly used styles (e.g., swing, shuffle, second line, funk, and bossa nova)


Magic of Photography (K*-8th**)

**This course was initially only offered to K-4, but due to demand we are expanding the offering to 8th grade! We will divide the course by developemental level to accomodate the variety of abilities.**

Discover the wonder of how photography works through its basic tools and materials, from optical to darkroom. 

*Guardians of younger grade levels are encouraged to attend the course along side their student.

Metal Casting Sculptures (6th-12th)

Learn how to complete a cast metal relief sculpture from start to finish.  Using drawing and clay to establish a concept, see an idea come to completion, and make a cast metal relief sculpture that you will have forever. The class includes four classroom sessions and the fifth in the outdoor casting yard to watch the faculty pour your sculpture.

Modern Art Expression in Mural Design (K-8th)

Students will develop and deepen their personal exploration of artistic expression and understanding of the artistic process while creating a collaborative multi-panel mural.  This original work of art will be influenced by the styles and methods of foreign and modern artists and will be displayed at the school after completion.  Following the exhibition, students may take their mural panels home. 

Materials are provided.  Please bring an art smock or wear "old clothes." (12 maximum enrollment)

Note: In the five-week follow-up session, development of individual expression will continue through the addition of multiple panels to the collaborative mural.  This session is not a repeat, but is a continuation of study and practice in the development of personal skill, technique and process. 

Seeing With a Camera (8th-12th)

Learn to see like a photographer, using 35 mm cameras, black-and-white film, and darkroom printing.

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914