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This classroom residency provides pre-k to 1st grade students with an intimate exploration of opera through storytelling, music and more!

Opera TOTS!

Pittsburgh, PA United States
The Opera Tots! program invites pre-K to 1st grade children to actively participate in learning new vocabulary, melodies, dances, rhythms, characters, and story elements of a child-appropriate version of an opera. Students will practice these skills in classroom workshops, at home with their families, and at a public performance.
Introduction

An Opera is a Story!

“Cameron enjoyed the Opera version of Hansel and Gretel sooo much. He told me the whole story in his “opera voice” ”

Parent

For the past 40 years, Pittsburgh Festival Opera has remained committed to providing quality arts education programs to youth, teachers and families in Western PA. In this 12th year of the OPERA TOTS! Program, we are proud to have served more than 10,000 children and educators in the Greater Pittsburgh community. This program is hailed as a model for early childhood arts education by Opera America and PNC Grow Up Great Foundation. Opera TOTS! continues to teach music and arts as creative tools for learning that aid in long term academic success for all children.

“An opera is a story and all the words are sung!” This little song is an anchor of our program Opera Tots! Where we create opportunities for children, teachers, parents and caregivers to explore opera; using its great singing and storytelling opportunities to attain tools for learning. The Opera Tots! program invites pre-K to 1st grade children to actively participate in learning new vocabulary, melodies, dances, rhythms, characters, and story elements of a child-appropriate version of an opera. Students will practice these skills in classroom workshops, at home with their families, and at a public performance.


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Innovation Overview
3 - 8
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Children/Users
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2006
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- A Great Story - Talented teaching artists - A way to build relationships with community partners: schools, library, churches, etc. - Aids to help tell the story: puppets, costumes pieces - A way to play music: instrument, speaker
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Anqwenique Kinsel
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The cast of last year's production of Goldie B. Locks & The Three Singing Bears. 
Our Education Assistant Valerie, leading a workshop with a Kindergarten class. 

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01
Workshops
Collaborate with a school, library or other community resource to schedule 5 workshops over the course of one month.
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Professional Development
This step will help inform teachers/administrators what to expect from the teaching artist performing the workshops. It will also provide teachers/administrators with tools for learning and encourage them to continue using these tools beyond the residency.
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03
Engaging the Whole Family
Music recordings used throughout the residency are made available for MP3 download online.
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A Performance!
All participants of the residency and their friends and families are invited to attend a live performance of the opera story.
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