We are using cookies to give a better service experience. By using our services you agree to use cookies. Read more

Accept
Reject
All articles
search
clear

Opera TOTS!

location_on Pittsburgh, United States

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

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.

Overview

HundrED has not validated this innovation

Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created on December 10th, 2018

2006

Established

-

Children/users

1

Countries
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
Cameron enjoyed the Opera version of Hansel and Gretel sooo much. He told me the whole story in his “opera voice”
Parent

About the innovation

An Opera is a Story!

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.


Steps

Workshops

Residency Workshops: This residency includes four 30-40 minute in classroom workshops and one assembly-style workshop or short performance that takes children on a journey through the opera story with singing, dancing and dramatic play. All workshops reinforce school-readiness skills in alignment with PA Early Learning Standards, including retelling story events, development of vocabulary, and social interaction.


Professional Development

We recognize that music and art are vital tools for young learners. Providing educators with tools and techniques for using singing and dramatic play are just some of the benefits that continue after the program is over. Participating teachers at each Opera Tots! preschool receive a 90-minute professional development seminar before workshops. 


Engaging the Whole Family

Music recordings used throughout the residency are made available for MP3 download online, including a discussion guide that encourages exploration of the workshops at home. Children are encouraged to teach their parents and caregivers songs and dances from the opera.

A Performance!

Families are encouraged to attend a free 45-minute, fully staged, age-appropriate Saturday matinee performance of the opera. Children may join in during the performance and following the show, children may stay to create craft projects related to the show’s theme and meet the cast.

Spread of the innovation

loading map...