PIQUA — Approximately 140 third graders performed before their families and fellow students on Monday, as Springcreek Primary School hosted a special program by Muse Machine.
Under the tutelage of Muse Machine instructor Michael Lippert, Springcreek third graders wrote the program in class with their teachers across three days, followed by a week of rehearsal.
“It’s all about experiencing curriculum through the production of art,” said Lippert, who has acted with Muse Machine of Dayton for 22 years and conducted the in-school program for 13 years. “This program allows kids to express themselves and focus that information in ways they wouldn’t normally get to. We promote arts integration, and coming at curriculum in a creative, fun way.”
In the program, students engage in a search for a “report card robber,” who has stolen their report cards to prevent them from moving on to fourth grade. Along the way, students pick up various math and English-oriented facts, which they apply before the audience.
Students presented the program in two performances, the first to the Springcreek student body and the second to their families.
This marked the first year the program was conducted for third graders at the new Springcreek facility.
According to Springcreek Principal Ross Loudenback, the main objective for bringing in Muse Machine was “to expose students to a different style of learning through the arts.
“This teaches them an alternate type of discipline for learning. Mr. Lippert is very precise about that, and has high expectations for the students. We wanted to conduct this in preparation for testing, so that students can apply that knowledge toward the tests.”
For more information, visit www.musemachine.com.