Nichole Hannahs

From Bach to Star Wars

by Nichole Hannahs on March 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

Fourth grade students around Muskingum County learn about the magic of making music from a pipe organ from Maestro Hector Olivera born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Olivera began playing the pipe organ when he was 3-years-old and at 6 entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory. Since then he’s traveled around the world playing in front of thousands.

Monday’s concert, sponsored by the Zanesville Concert Association Foundation, sought to teach the children the art of making music.

"I never criticize whether it’s rap, rock ‘n roll or country music," said Olivera. "It’s all music to me. But, they need to know that there are other choices in life besides what they are listening."

"I hope that they will take away what it takes to practice and get better and be a true performer," said Duncan Falls Music Teacher Janet Slack.

While the students enjoyed picking out their favorite songs the teachers say this teaches a bigger lesson.

"One of the standards that we teach is concert etiquette as well as knowing how to perform, the children have to know how to behave in a concert setting, when to applaud, to be respectful and polite which is part of the behavior standards that we teach the kids anyway," explained Slack.

Olivera said the most rewarding part of performing in front of the students is that they take home an appreciation for music and the composers.