And It Does at Miller South

The Show Must Go On
Posted on 10/28/2021
Image of Miller South Piano Students(Brian Lisik for West Side Leader/

As learning went virtual at Akron Public Schools for much of the past two school years due to COVID-19, students and staff at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts faced a unique challenge.

“As you know, the fine arts across the globe took a big hit during the pandemic,” said Pat Jolly, arts coordinator at Miller South. “But the the arts at Miller South never stopped.”

Along the way, valuable lessons of perseverance were also learned, Jolly said, although the challenges for some programs proved particularly daunting.

“It is very difficult to perform music together over the internet, especially since none of our steel band members have instruments at home,” said Matt Dudack, Miller South steel drum band director. “We did lots of listening to steel band music, watching videos, learning about the history of the steelpan — we even made our own paint can steel drums.”

With the return to in-person learning this spring, Dudack said he wanted to make sure his students were ready to “hit the ground running.” The payoff was an in-person concert with an audience in May. Read more here >>.
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