Virtual Classroom

for Opera Based Learning

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Early Childhood +

This page contains lessons and/or activities that are appropriate for pre-school ages and older. Opera content is appropriate for ALL family members. New content will be added regularly, so check back and explore some of our other categories by clicking on any of the buttons below. 

Early Childhood +

Learning activities are appropriate for pre-school and older. Opera content appropriate for all family members.

Elementary +

Learning activities are appropriate for early readers/writers and older. Opera content appropriate for all family members.

Middle School +

Learning activities are appropriate for students grades 6 and older. Some opera content may not be appropriate for young family members.

High School +

Learning activities are appropriate for students grades 9 and older. Opera content is intended for a mature audience.

Creative Play

Indicates a lesson or activity that encourages creativity and/or creative play.

Learning Series

Indicates a series of lessons or activities on a related subject and/or skill. 

New/Beginner

Indicates a lesson or activity intended for those new to opera and/or opera-based learning.

Skill Development

Indicates a lesson or series of lessons designated to develop a specific skill or set of skills. 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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HARP

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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FRENCH HORN

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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CLARINET

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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BASS

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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VIOLIN

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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TUBA

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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TRUMPET

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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OBOE

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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CELLO

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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People in your neighborhood:

Conductor!

Murray Monster and Ovejita travel to Lincoln Center to join Music Director Alan Gilbert to find out just what a conductor really does. Ovejita plays timpani while Gilbert conducts Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusic with student musicians from the Juilliard school.

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Things are starting to get interesting!

Papageno's Bad Day, Pt. 5

In this final part of our series, watch to find out what happens to all the characters we've encountered in parts one - four.

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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!

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PERCUSSION

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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TROMBONE

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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BASSOON

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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FLUTE

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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VIOLA

Let's Learn the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our friends from the Cleveland Orchestra help us learn about individual instruments found within the orchestra.

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Silly Songs to SING-A-Long

Let's Sing Together!

Sing a long to some fun songs with our muppet friends!

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