Arts Administration and Teaching at Buffalo String Works

Young students playing instruments.

Come work with BSW and gain invaluable experience as an administer or teaching assistant at a vibrant, growing, arts nonprofit based in Downtown Buffalo.

Project description

Buffalo String Works is a non-profit based on Buffalo's thriving West Side that offers free, rigorous music instruction and a creative home for refugee, immigrant, and historically marginalized youth. Our mission is centered around music-making as a means to ignite personal and community leadership. We are currently in the process of expanding into more of Buffalo's neighborhoods, and we work with a great variety of local, statewide, and national partners including the Buffalo Public Schools, The New York State Council of Arts, Carnegie Hall, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Both music majors and non-music majors at UB are invited to participate in this internship, which is tailored to an individual student's skills, interests, and goals.

Musicians may be involved as Teaching Assistants at our Niagara Street location. A BSW TA would assist in after-school teaching, and would benefit from mentoring by a BSW teaching artist and participation in BSW's professional development opportunities.

Non-musicians (or musicians) may be involved as Administrative Interns. BSW has many needs outside of its core teaching programs, including organizational needs, assistance in development and fund raising, and social media management. Administrative interns would gain experience in these areas through working with BSW staff at its Downtown office on Delaware Ave.

Project outcome

Teaching assistants will develop the ability to plan lessons for and teach individual students and student ensembles in our after-school program. An intern's culminating project will depend on the type of opportunities available in the program at the time, but may result in a student performance, teaching demonstration, or other creative project designed in consultation with BSW and the faculty advisor.

Administrative assistants will work with BSW to develop skills and knowledge necessary to work within a youth and community centered, arts non-profit. Each intern will develop a project in consultation with BSW and the faculty advisor. That details of that project will be shared in a presentation at the end of the semester

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In person
Level of collaboration Individual working within organization
Benefits Experience and Academic Credit 
Who is eligible All undergraduate students in the disciplines of Music and/or Arts Administration. 

Core partners

Project mentor

Brian Mosely

Assistant Professor of Music Theory


Phone: (716) 645-0646


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.