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Access Opera - Premium Virtual Content
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our 2020-2021 Access Opera Virtual Programming! Click the image or link below to be taken to our menu of premium learning series designed to accompany and enhance your Metropolitan Opera streaming experience. While we know that these materials cannot replace the magical experience of attending a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera, we believe they will provide you with fun and unique content to keep you and your students engaged with the operatic art form until we are able to safely be together at the opera house again.
College and Adult Continuing Education
Enjoy our All Virtual Lectures & Community Engagement Season!
School Partnerships - Virtual Teaching Artist Residencies
Welcome to the 2020-2021 Met Opera Guild Virtual School Residency programming! Click the image or link below to discover our premium content for academic partners. In addition to the content you will see highlighted there, our talented staff of Teaching Artists are available to work with you to create a custom learning solution for your students. We specialize in Integrated Arts Education, and would love to help you dream about what Opera-Based Learning could do for your students!
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Learning activities are appropriate for pre-school and older. Opera content appropriate for all family members.
Learning activities are appropriate for early readers/writers and older. Opera content appropriate for all family members.
Learning activities are appropriate for students grades 6 and older. Some opera content may not be appropriate for young family members.
Learning activities are appropriate for students grades 9 and older. Opera content is intended for a mature audience.
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with Hannah Goodman
Aleatoric Music Composition
Available now as a special preview for our OBL at Home WEB family:
The education team at the Guild has been hard at work modifying our in-school programming for the current virtual landscape. This video is a short, 5-minute sample of how we will produce our education content for school partners moving forward.
Please Note: some elements are sped up in this sample video for time limits. Each individual lesson will be a full 15-minute instructional video, and custom modifications for specific student populations will be included. An accompanying worksheet (digital and .pdf) will be provided as well as a list of all National/NYS Next-Gen Standards addressed in each lesson. We are able to work with any school in all grades Pre-K - Adult. Partial subsidies to offset fees are available to schools in the New York City metropolitan area.
Composed by PS 32K 4th Grade Students
The Metropolitan Opera Guild's in-school residency programs are designed to support integrated arts education within the general classroom. This means that while our Teaching Artists are there to teach students about music, singing, and writing and performing songs, etc., that we are simultaneously collaborating with classroom teachers to connect to their students' general studies. This past year at P.S. 32 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 4th Grade students worked with Teaching Artist Megan McCormick to study the words of world-changers. Click to watch the feature to read and listen to the lyrics and original melody created by the students.
Who is the Queen of the Night?
Papageno's Bad Day, Pt. 2
In this second of a five-part series of video shorts, we meet some new characters - including the mysterious Queen of the Night - who tells us of an evil King and a cruel plot... Test your memory from last week and find out what happens this week!
Make your own instrument using items in your kitchen
Let's Make a Water Xylophone!
Ms. P teaches us how to make and play an instrument using items you probably have in your kitchen. After you've made and tuned your instrument, make sure to check out Ms. P's next lesson (posted below) on how to sing the "Quarantine Blues." :-)
P.S. 58K Virtual Choir
Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'!
Students at P.S. 58K, The Carroll School, submitted individual recordings of their voices that were then pieced together to form a "virtual choir." Met Guild Teaching Artist Shawn Farrar also added American Sign Language so that all our friends can watch and sing along. Please enjoy the students' work.
A Home OPERA Workout
Move with Me!
Met Guild Teaching Artist Elizabeth van Os and her partner Miss Sara lead us through an at-home opera workout! Find a space for your and other members of your household to participate as you're able, and "sweat to the REALLY oldies!" Click through to the video player for the full playlist.
Will Tamino find Princess Pamina?
Papageno's Bad Day, Pt. 4
In this fourth of a five-part series of video shorts, we continue learning about Tamino and Papageno - who are both on separate quests to save Princess Pamina. In this video Tamino and Papageno learn some VERY important new information about Sarastro and the Queen of the Night!
Why is Papageno having a bad day?
Papageno's Bad Day, Pt. 1
Join us in the first of a 5-part series of video "shorts" that tells the story of 'The Magic Flute,' but from the perspective of Papageno - who is having a VERY bad day! In this video we meet some of the main characters and learn a little bit about what went wrong for Papageno.
Student Friendly Opera
The Magic Flute
Fall in love with your new favorite opera by exploring educational resources assembled here from the education teams at the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Then, stream the opera on your own time using the Met Opera on Demand service. (FREE trial available.)
How can we use our faces to express emotions?
Emotions with Emoji's
This short, fun lesson is designed for early childhood students to help them discover how we can use our faces to express different emotions. Met Guild Teaching Artist Shawn Farrar takes us on a fun (and SILENT!) activity. Grab a hand mirror or find yourself a spot in front of any mirror in your house so you can check to see if your facial expressions change with Miss Shawn's flashcards.
What's a Monostatos?
Papageno's Bad Day, Pt. 3
In this third of a five-part series of video shorts, we meet some new characters - including the beautiful Princess Pamina and the evil Monostatos who is holding her prinsoner! Prince Tamino and the Three Boys also continue their journey to try to locate the Princess. Test your memory from last week and find out what happens this week!
Test your musical skills!
Rhythm Reading Scavenger Hunt
Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Shawn Farrar shows us how we can construct and read rhythms using things we can find in our homes. Gather your pens, pencils, markers, paper clips - even pasta or sticks from an outside walk can work - then join us for some rhythm reading fun!
How can we bring our characters to life on stage?
Costume Design: Making Character Choices
Join us for one of our Students Compose Opera remote learning lessons on developing characters for the 3rd grade operas at P.S.166 in Manhattan. Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Gracie Nash talks to us about all the important questions we need to ask ourselves about our characters in order to dress them for the stage.
Using Voice, Body Language, and Facial Expression
Acting: Getting Into Character
Join us for one of our Students Compose Opera remote learning lessons on developing characters for the 3rd grade operas at P.S.166 in Manhattan. Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Gracie Nash shows us how to use voice, body language, and facial expression to help us transform into a new character. This activity is even more fun using a mirror to watch your new character come to life! **PRIOR KNOWLEDGE** We've rated this lesson for 3rd grade and above, but younger students can participate with the help of an older family member.