Opera by Children Teacher Manual BY CHAPTER

TABLE OF CONTENTS FORWARD TRUST, RISK, AFFIRMATION AND GROWTH THE THREE RULES OR OBJECTIVES TEACHER AS FACILITATOR START WITH A SONG WHAT IS OPERA? THEATRE GAMES WRITING THE STORY CREATING THE LIBRETTO TEACHING CHILDREN TO CREATE MELODIES ARIA VERSUS RECITATIVE, SIMPLIFIED FOR CHILDREN EMPOWERING CHILDREN TO CREATE MELODY AUDITIONING: THE CHILDREN CHOOSESTAGING, THE POWER TO…

How to Join Our Opera Family

If you want to be an Opera by Children teacher in 2011, download this request and return it by mail.  In the meantime, contact us by email so we will know you are out there.  We will put you on the waiting list.  If you are not able to join us in 2011, you will…

Workshops for Participation in Opera by Children

Today is the last workshop for 2010-11.  We are now filled to capacity for this school year:  170 classes are writing operas!!! Please continue to check here for updated training dates that will allow new teachers to queue up for 2011-12. If there is enough interest in a particular school or district that we do…

PAINT DAY NECESSITIES FOR TEACHERS

Please have these supplies ready for paint day:                ·                 Cardboard for backdrops and smaller pieces of scenery. ·                 Brushes-small ones that you may already have at the school for detail work and larger ones (2-4 inches). These can be old house painting brushes that kids can bring from home or packs of sponge brushes…

Help for libretto writing

Dear Teachers, In anticipation of this Opera by Children season with you, I have been contemplating how I may be of assistance as you have your students write their story. Having written the piano accompaniments for well over one hundred children’s operas, I’m getting a good sense of what works well. I think about and…

Reading and Vocabulary PLUS ….

As the children are working on the opera – at any phase – allow them to have a copy of the libretto of their own to hold and to read. The challenge of reading their “own” words will increase their vocabulary, their reading and their spelling (be sure you have spelled everything correctly 🙂 ,…

Teaching Children to "Sing the Story"

This came today from a music mentor. Her inspired idea of how to teach children to sing tunes for the stories they have written was truly remarkable. It could be used by every teacher of young children before their music mentor arrives to help prepare the class for creating melodies of their own. Dear Susan,…

Making Plans for Art Day

Hello Teachers, My name is MarLyn McKinley. I am your Visual Arts Mentor. If I have been assigned to come to your class this year, we will start with a first visit – the objective of which will be to plan your scenery, make assignments for paint day, and talk about supplies. I will need…

Two New "Rules" to Avoid Unacceptable Story Themes

It has come to my attention that many students are beginning to want to write their operas around themes of a violent, sexual or off-color nature due, I am sure, to their exposure to those topics on television, in video games, and movies, and even, sadly, in the news. Those themes are absolutely not appropriate…

12 Tips For Opera by Children Writing

1. Always begin with a group activity singing or acting. This encourages the class to work together and allows creativity to flow! It lets the students know right away that working on an opera is fun! It establishes a relationship with all participants quickly and effectively. 2. There will always be a few who could…

Integrating Opera into the Curriculum

Howdy all, I thought I’d leave a few tips on how to integrate opera into the curriculum!  Just imagine a classroom whose culture is creatively honed to look forward to performing an opera! So many things that this classroom does reminds them of their opera work, and even re-energizes the learners every day. Here are…