WILMINGTON — The Muse Machine returned to Wilmington Middle School recently to present “NOW HEAR THIS: The Story of Sound” marking the third in a series of performances funded by a private donor through the Wilmington Schools Foundation.
Eighth grade students gathered in the school gymnasium to enjoy the performance featuring musicians Michael and Sandy Bashaw, as well as performer and filmmaker, David Sherman.
NOW HEAR THIS, uses live music, films, and demonstrations to explore how sound works and how it affects all people. From the moment a person is born through each hour of his or her life, sound and music shapes how a person feels and what he or she does in ways one doesn’t even realize.
The performance called upon students to ask themselves how the ability to hear enhances their everyday lives and to consider how not having the ability to hear would affect their lives physically, socially, and emotionally. Students also considered how music binds different groups of people together and what music can teach someone about themselves.
The Muse Machine is a nationally celebrated arts education organization serving more than 70,000 students and their teachers each year throughout western Ohio since 1982.
Previous Muse events this year at Wilmington Middle School included a Kickoff Performance by Michael Kelsey, an accomplished guitarist who has traveled the country performing favorites by Eric Clapton, Santana, and B.B. King and “Shakespeare Sings” featuring four young singers in the Dayton Opera’s Artists-In-Residence-Program singing their famous lines from “Romeo and Juliet” to each other rather than reciting their monologues filled with love.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.