Featured Maker: Community Music School

cms logo.Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play an instrument? Well now it is your chance at the 2017 Buffalo Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 20th. Community Music School will have various instruments available to play and instructors will demonstrate how sound is produced and guide you to successful sound production on each instrument.

  1.    Tell us about yourself and how you got started as an inventor/maker? Community Music School of Buffalo was established in 1924 to provide free and subsidized music instruction to Buffalo’s growing immigrant and refugee population. Over 90 years later, the school has grown to include six satellite locations, 30 faculty members, and hundreds of students. Children and adults of all ages and abilities make music every day in group classes, ensembles, individual lessons and music-therapy sessions.
  1.    What is the first thing a new inventor/maker should consider? Creativity. Making music involves a great deal of hard work and study. Without the human element of creativity, all music would be the same, both from a performance and composition stand point.
  1.    Are you selling products? What sorts of licensing/patents do you have in place? We do not sell individual products. Our instructors are a mix of certified performers and music educators, and they use their talents to help students make music of their own.
  1.    What has been your greatest success in business? We have been able to continue our mission of providing affordable, quality music instruction to the people of Western New York for over 90 years. As a non-profit, we are able to provide reduced cost lessons to many of our students through our financial assistance program.
  1.    What advice would you offer fellow inventors/makers who are in the beginning stages of development? Making music is a highly developed skill and every musician makes mistakes. It’s important to use failure productively and learn from everything you do!

Want to know more about Community Music School and their programs, visit their website and don’t forget to check them out Saturday, May 20th at Buffalo Mini Maker Faire. 

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