Virtual Classroom

for Opera Based Learning

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Elementary +

This page contains lessons and/or activities that are appropriate for early readers/writers 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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Student Friendly Opera

La Fille du Régiment

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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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!

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Student Friendly Opera

Don Pasquale

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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Write your own original aria or libretto!

Using Poetic Devices to Construct Lyrics

Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Andrea Palma show us how we can use several poetic devices to help us start writing song lyrics and/or parts of our opera libretto. **PRIOR KNOWLEDGE** We've rated this lesson for 4th grade and above. Students should understand: Rhyme, Alliteration, Metaphor, and Simile and a basic knowledge of how to apply word syllables to simple rhythms. A brief instructional video is in the resources, as well as the "Libretto Toolbox" containing complete definitions.

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Create your own special look with this step-by-step tutorial

Character Make Up Fun!

Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Elizabeth van Os shows us how to create a make up design based on qualities of a character you might like to portray. This activity is rated "E" for elementary students who can work independently, however, younger students can do this activity with some assistance from an older family member.

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14 Operas to Choose From

Metropolitan Opera Illustrated Synopses

Explore full synopses of 14 different operas, told in the style of a graphic novel.

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Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

WQXR's Classics for Kids

Naomi Lewin brings classical music's greatest composers to life through music and stories, to help young audiences learn about classical music and have fun, too!

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We've got the Quarantine Blues!

Sing and Play Along

Ms. P leads us in a song you can probably relate to - being stuck at home and missing our friends and teachers at school! Use your new water xylophone or find another home-made instrument and sing and play along with Ms. P. for the Quarantine Blues!

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Student Friendly Opera

Rusalka

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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Student Friendly Opera

Hansel and Gretel

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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Fun for the whole family!

The Pentatonic Composer's Cube

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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Student Friendly Operas

Cendrillon

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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Special Video Series

Brand New to Opera?

In this series of three short videos learn the "Who's Who" of opera, specifics on voice types, and end with a special backstage look at all the people you won't see on the stage but who are a part of the Metropolitan Opera magic. Each video comes with a companion worksheet/guided listening activity and a follow up video quiz to test your new knowledge.

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FREE Nightly Webcasts!

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streaming

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of audience members even while the stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company's Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website.

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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." :-)

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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.

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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.

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Student Friendly Operas

L'Elisir d'Amore

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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Let's Get Ready to SING!

Vocal Warm Up

In this video, Met Opera Guild Teaching Artist Gina Hanzlik helps us all prepare to sing by warming up the body, breath, and voice. Join our friends at P.S. 112Q in Long Island City as we share part of their weekly remote learning lesson.

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Let's Compose an Opera!

Create Your Own Original Music Drama

Part 1 - The Plot. Getting bored at home? Why not start CREATING your own opera! Use the linked "Story Recipe" to brainstorm the important plot elements of your libretto, a.k.a. text/script.

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