9/27/2013 4:52 PM
by Karen Franklin
SHADY SPRING - A music museum on wheels is visiting students around Raleigh County in hopes that the younger generations will take pride in their state.
Ted Harrison with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is making his rounds to schools with a trailer full of artifacts and music history.
"My personal hope is for students to get excited about music and want to learn music and perform music because they don't have to be a big star or anything but just for their own enjoyment," Harrison told WOAY.
On Thursday he made his fifth stop at Shady Spring Elementary where kids learned about the gospel, jazz and country from southern West Virginia, and the bluegrass of the state's middle region.
"You can enjoy music your entire life as being a performer, a player or as a listener, and the more you understand about music, I think the more you can enjoy music," Harrison said.
Shady spring students were also taught about famous music stars from their own hometowns.
"I don't like music, I love music," fifth grader Allie Minor said. "Music just expresses feelings, and I really enjoy it."
Classmate Thatcher Poteat likes pop.
"I play baseball, and we travel, so I just like listening to music in the car while we're traveling," fifth grader Thatcher Poteat said. "I've just gotten used to traveling."
The Music Hall of Fame plans to hit six schools next week.