Virtual Classroom

for Opera Based Learning

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Learning Series

This page features content that links together similar skills and/or subjects, allowing you to construct your own learning sequence.  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. 

Recent Posts: (Most recent posts displayed. CLICK HERE to see all posts in this category.)

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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with Tanisha Mitchell

The Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera Pt. 2

In the second part of our "Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera" series, we explore the incredible women who broke barriers for black artists, dating all the way back to the late 1800s! Lecturer and music librarian Tanisha Mitchell explores the trailblazers, sprinters, and torch-bearing women who are part of the enduring legacy of black singers in opera.

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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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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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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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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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with Tanisha Mitchell

The Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera Pt. 1

Our " Enduring Legacy of Black Singers in Opera" #podcast series discusses singers of the past and present who broke barriers, paved the way, and continue to carry the torch. In this first part of the series, lecturer and music librarian Tanisha Mitchell focuses on male singers spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, including George Shirley, Robert McFerrin, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Sir Willard White, John Holiday, Derek Lee Ragin, Eric Owens, Morris Robinson, Bass, Russell Thomas, Lawrence Brownlee and many more!

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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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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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