|Julie House at the 2009 Open House|
Thinking back, I bet you can remember several field trips you took in school and what field trip days were like. You probably couldn't fall asleep the night before because you were too excited, and you may have had a special outfit to wear for the occasion. Field trips were a formative part of our school days because they let us break our routines and do something fun and creative. We were interacting with the “real world” and not just reading about it from our desks.
If you’re me, you’re looking at this scenario and saying to yourself, “What can I do to help teachers provide some special days for their students where they break routines and do something creative?” The answer? Music! Words! Opera! No, that’s not three answers, it’s the name of the new curriculum BLO is providing to schools that takes opera right into the classroom. No gas to pay for. No time lost driving back and forth. Opera right in front of your desk!
Here’s how it works: any teacher who wants to can come to a FREE five-day workshop August 8-12 at BLO to learn about opera through the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. We will be focusing on The Barber of Seville since it is part of BLO’s upcoming season. Then, teachers will work on creating an original opera piece with their students! When the school year starts up teachers can apply what they learned in the workshop to leading their students step-by-step through the lessons until they have a piece ready to perform!
BLO will be involved all along the way: Obviously, questions come up and the
Department is there to help. Teachers can also request classroom visits by a
singer, director, and designer and help from a real composer. Students will
also be invited to attend a working rehearsal of The Barber of Seville — I refuse to give up on field trips!
Finally, each classroom to create its own opera will be invited to a festival
day where they will perform for one another. The goal is to get kids involved
in making art and gather up all the intrinsic benefits of doing so along the
If you’d like more information on Music! Words! Opera! or anything else going on in BLO’s
Department, call Julie House at 617.542.4912 x242 or email email@example.com.
-- Julie House, Education & Community Programs Manager