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