Music Tells a Story of Diversity

by Courtney Wheaton on May 6, 2013 at 6:41 am

Some area students learned an important lesson on negative effects of bullying with the help of music.

The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra had a concert for fifth graders at the Secrest Auditorium on Monday . Their mission was to educate children about the harms of bullying. They were introduced to different music from Michael Jackson to Phantom of the Opera. The children came from all over southeastern Ohio to be a part of this event.

"We’ve got kids from coming from Morgan county, Muskingum county, Guernsey county and Noble county so we are filling the auditorium which is very very exciting and i think they are going to see a great show, " Music Director, Laura Schumann said.

the orchestra received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.. to put on the event. Schumann says she has wanted to perform the concert for years because diversity, bullying, and acceptance are important issues to address with young children.

" In order to make it accessible to kids I addressed it by using instruments bullying each other, bullying through music actually. funny the way we did that but it’s the instruments so no one is personally doing it, " Schumann said.

There were around 1500 students at the event and Schumann hopes that they all learn to be friendly and kind to one another.