Hi! It’s Saturday, November 9, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: All (With parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance.)
The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.
When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being:
- A Costume Designer
- A Choreographer
- A Property Manager
- A Lighting Technician
- A Set Designer
- A Technical Director
- A Stage Director
- A Technical Effects Director
With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.
During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.
When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about:
*The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
*Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
*Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
*Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Pacido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
*Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned
This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!