ERIC Number: ED390792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Original Opera at Lake Agassiz Elementary School.
Sherwood, Connie; And Others
Insights into Open Education, v26 n1 Apr 1994
In 1993 Lake Agassiz School in North Dakota received a Knight Foundation grant so teachers and students could participate in a program to learn how to create an opera. The program instructed teachers on how students could maximize their understanding about producing an opera. The school formed a partnership with the Metropolitan Opera Guild of New York City (New York). The Opera Guild advised the school about the essential tools needed to put on their own opera. This program not only incorporated the arts into the school, but also allowed students to learn teamwork and responsibility. First, the sixth graders brainstormed among themselves on a theme for their opera, then they decided on an opera company name, and finally the students identified the necessary jobs for the opera company. Each student was assigned a specific job as actor, director, producer, set designer, electrician, or carpenter. They were encouraged to work as a team. Students were allowed to choose what job they felt fit their qualifications. In the end, students noted they felt the program was an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience. The program was successful enough to continue for the following school year. A schematic chart is provided describing each job and how it was incorporated into the classroom enviroment. (JAG)
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, P.O. Box 7189, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189 ($7 per year).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.