Close your eyes and listen to the…
melodies that begin each new day
rhythms that fill our cities and countryside
sounds that lull us to sleep every night.

Experience the sounds and songs of life and
investigate the origins of music!

Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life — a remarkable exhibition that celebrates every note of every player in the symphony of life — was on display at the Museum of Arts and Sciences from February 1 through September 8, 2013.

An interactive exhibit with rich experiences from three immersive environments — underwater, forest’s edge, and a city square — Wild Music featured:

  • Bilingual content (en Inglés y Español)
  • Braille panels throughout the exhibition

Click here to see a list of Wild Music related events.

A bioacoustics laboratory in the exhibition provides exploration of sound and song, while a soundproof studio allows visitors to lay down demo tracks. Designed for both English and Spanish-speaking audiences, Wild Music was produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Association of Science Technology Centers, and the University of North Carolina School of Music with major support from the National Science Foundation.

What Does Music Look Like?

What Does Music Look Like? Exposure to music and the visual arts is critical to the development of students’ creative and innovative skill. Arts education insures cultural continuity and produces well-rounded students with an appreciation for the world in which they live and a desire to contribute to those with whom they share it.

This mini exhibition featured visual perceptions of sound produced by the students at Vineville Academy under the instruction of their art teacher, Amanda Morris. The works in What Does Music Look Like? — the young artists’ response to Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture — were visual portrayals of the range of emotion evoked by the music and the creativity of the students.

(Sponsored by the Macon Symphony Orchestra and Ortho Georgia.)

Musical Instruments from Around the World
Musical Instruments from Around the World:

African percussion and string instruments and instruments from Asia and several other continents — displayed from February 2 through September 8 in the Museum’s North Gallery — were the heart of a variety of musical traditions and instruments that complement the Wild Music exhibition.

Wild Music

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Philip Blackburn, a composer who helped develop Wild Music, adjusts a parabolic microphone featured in the exhibition.
If visible, click on the “i” in the upper right corner to read the current photo’s caption.

Wild Music Events

  • First Presbyterian Day School Jazz Ensemble Concert (read more »)
    Saturday, February 2 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Instrument Petting Zoo (
    Sunday, March 3 • 1:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Howard High School Chamber Orchestra Concert (
    Saturday, March 9 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Lunch and Learn: Birdsongs (
    Thursday, March 14 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Lunch and Learn: Flutes Around the World (read more »)
    Thursday, April 11 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Homeschool Workshop: Wild Music (
    Wednesday, April 17 • 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Introduction to Bird Watching for Families (
    Saturday, April 20 • 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Vineville Strings Concert (
    Saturday, April 20 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Miller Middle School Concert (
    Saturday, May 4 • 12:30 – 1:00 pm


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of sponsors of this exhibition.

Wild Music Sponsors

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