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In-School Program Request

Opera Philadelphia provides teachers across the region with multiple ways to integrate opera into the classroom with FREE in-class presentations. Each session offers hands-on activities to teach students cross-curricular lessons while exposing them to opera, the greatest of art forms!

Presentations are geared for the classroom and are ideal for 15-30 students and are approximately 40-45 minutes in length.

Review the offerings below to see which presentation is the best fit for your classroom. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to request a free in-class presentation. 

If you have any questions about any of the offered programs or are interested in an assembly program, please email the Community Programs Department at education@operaphila.org.

OPERA in a trunk

A stimulating introduction to opera using props, costume elements, and storytelling specifically tailored for younger children. Students will will learn the elements of what makes and opera and then act out a scene with their classmates. 
Duration: 43 minutes
Classroom needs: DVD player and white/black board

Opera 101*

Students will define what opera is and determing which staging and musical elements are required to create an opera. Their suggestions will be tested by analyzing a classic operatic cartoon. Then students will review the cartoon's plot and character development. Finally, students will interpret character development via means of communication. Students will compare and contrast a scene from the film Dreamgirls and a similar scene from a video of the opera Cavalleria Rusticana.
Duration: 43 minutes
Classroom needs: DVD player and white/black board
Best for grades: K-12

The Singing Voice*

How do opera singers project their voices over a 60 piece orchestra? We’ll explain the technique of opera singing and engage students in exercises to help them sing like an opera singer. Then students will examine how their own anatomy is integral to projecting their voices.  Students will gain an understanding of the voice, different parts of the anatomy of their face and torso, the importance of resonance in singing and acoustics, and more. Students will have a competition to see who has the best lung capacity. This program culminates with the performance of a song or opera aria.
Duration: 43 minutes
Classroom needs: DVD player and white/black board
Best for grades: 5-12

Soundtrack to the Story

What is music? What stories are told through music? We’ll delve inside several pieces of music and give students the chance to discover their own story to the music they’ll hear. Musical excerpts include selections from classical, world, opera, and pop music. The program will culminate with a study from a scene from an opera. Students will determine what happens on stage based on what they hear in the music.
Duration: 43 minutes
Classroom needs: CD player and white/black board
Best for grades: 9-12

give me a beat! 

Ever wanted to be the one in front of band, waving your arms and telling everyone what to do? In this program, we will take an interactive look at rhythm and meter using contemporary hip hop songs. We will be learning and reviewing basic 4 beat rhythm patterns using a special prop and finding meters (of 2 and 3) in contemporary and classical music. The students will have the opportunity to learn simple conducting patterns and conduct their classmates! We will also review videos of conductors and analyze their techniques.
Duration: 43 minutes
Classroom needs: white/black board, CD player, rhythm instruments (optional)
Best for grades: 5-12

* Opera 101 and The Singing Voice can be combined into a 45-minute assembly program for grades 1-8. 

 

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