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The Magic Opera
Introduce your young learners to opera by dressing up as Mozart and recounting some of the fascinating details of his life and music. After exploring the Metropolitan Opera's site for kids, the class listens to a reading of Kyra Teis's The Magic Flute, selections from Mozart's Magical Fantasy, and watch portions of the opera The Magic Flute on DVD.
1st - 4th Language Arts 21 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Creating an Original Opera
This may be a lot to ask of a high schooler, but then again, who knows? Pupils work in groups to explore, write, and then perform an original opera. They view versions of The Magic Flute and La Traviata, then compose a plot, characters, script, and music which will become their original opera.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 10 Downloads
Creating a Costume Book for the Opera Don Pasquale
Students listen to and watch the opera, Don Pasquale, by Donizetti. They discuss the importance of sets and costumes in an opera and then, with a partner, design a period costume for each of the main characters in the opera.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
The Role of the Opera Orchestra
Learners listen to and examine a recording of the opera Don Pasquale and study the various musical instruments in an orchestra. They discuss the difference between a symphony orchestra and an opera orchestra. Finally they play the music of the opera using either their own instruments or those that are handmade using household objects.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 6 Downloads
Welcome to Top Score: Verdi's 'Don Carlos'
Students study the elements in the production of an opera including the personalities, ideas, and stage presence. They examine the skills that are necessary to be a performer in an opera in this series of lessons including making comparisons between preparing for sports and preparing to perform in an opera.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Fan(tom) of the Opera
Students explore the ways in which the worlds of popular music and opera can work together to complement the other. They work in small groups to analyze plot, characters, setting and themes of a popular opera using a summary of that opera as a guide.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 19 Views 20 Downloads
Lesson: Act 1: Purple Bathrobes Attend and Opera
I really like this idea. Upper graders discover the connection between art and theatre by first analyzing the artists' choices and motivation in creating the installation piece, Four Purple Velvet Bathrobes. In groups, they write one-act plays, each taking on the persona of one of the bathrobes attending an opera.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 16 Downloads
Opera and Poetry
Sixth graders examine the basic elements of an opera in a three part lesson. Part one includes listening to opera excerpts and analyzing the excerpts in writing; part 2 includes recognizing the elements of a quatrain, identifying and creating rhyme schemes, and writing their own quatrains based on Greek or Roman myths.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 43 Downloads
An Introduction to Opera: The Emperor's New Clothes
Fifth graders are introduced to opera, its vocabulary, definitions and are given an opportunity to listen to an opera sung by children. They identify phrases and events in the story, "The Emperor's New Clothes." Each student creates a movement to go along with a phrase or event from the story.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 24 Downloads
MUSICAL ELEMENTS OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
Students demonstrate knowledge of musical instruments and the families of the orchestra. They acknowledge different voice types found in opera. Students interpret emotional expressions through listening. They compose sounds to express emotions.
2nd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 24 Views 74 Downloads
Get out the text-book, and CD player to teach a lesson on Mozart. Afterward, you can administer this quiz which requires learners to complete 20 short-answer questions related to Mozart's life, operas, music, and general music terminology.
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 54 Downloads
Creating an Original Opera
Students research the lyrical and dramatic structure of opera through Internet sources and audio examples, cooperatively discuss elements of opera stories vs. their own lives and create one-act opera based on their own life experiences.
4th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 14 Downloads
Young scholars are introduced to Italian Opera and acquire knowledge regarding the ways people in Ancient Rome interacted with each other. In this Italian Opera lesson, students identify and compare the social and physical needs of Ancient Rome to our society today.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 13 Downloads
Learners explore classical arts by viewing media clips in class. In this Italian opera lesson, students identify opera music by viewing flash videos in class. Learners research a brief history of Italy and the form of music that originated from the country.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 10 Downloads
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
Students discuss the style and characteristics of the Classical era and the genre of opera. They compare and contrast modern day popular icons to musical icons throughout history. They write original librettos to modern entertainment.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 40 Downloads
It Ain't Necessarily So
Students examine characterization of African Americans in literature, popular culture, and opera. In this stereotypes lessons, students conduct research that requires them to analyze the origins and content of stereotypes perpetuated through media messages and how they translate into popular culture.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 15 Downloads
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
This worksheet, which is meant to go with the book The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, provides a review of the first couple of chapters of the book. There are 10 questions. For one question, students use pictures to guide a discussion about the main character of the story.
4th - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
Opera and American Musical Theatre
Sixth graders research musical styles and forms throughout history. In this musical styles and forms lesson, 6th graders research the history of music by examining the similarities and differences in the form of opera and American musical theatre.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 53 Views 175 Downloads