Let's Create with Miss Shawn!

The Pentatonic Composer's Cube

Fun for the whole family!

Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Shawn Farrar teaches us how to create our own original melodies using a pentatonic scale composer's cube. This is a great activity to promote creativity! Students in 3rd grade or older can work independently on this project, and younger students can do this activity with the help of an older family member. **Prior Knowledge/Need to Know:** quarter (ta) and eighth (ti-ti) rhythms and notation and familiarity with solfege.

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Printable Cube Template
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Shawn Farrar, Mezzo-Soprano

Shawn Farrar is a Mezzo-Soprano who is at home in a variety of genres. She particularly enjoys interpreting the works of Mozart, Kurt Weill, and Stephen Sondheim. Shawn has performed all over the country, including with Knoxville Opera Company, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Clarence Brown Theatre, and here in NYC with Utopia Opera, dell’Arte Opera, Opera on Tap, and Camerata Piccola, a division of New Camerata Opera that produces opera for children. Highlights of her performance history include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, La chatte in L’Enfant et Sortilèges, The Witch in Into the Woods, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shawn is a Master Teaching Artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and has also worked as a Teaching Artist for On Site Opera.


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