Design Your Own Opera for Kids!

May 22nd, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Saturday, May 22, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Creative Kids Education Assoc: Design Your Own Opera

Age Range: All (With parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance.)

The Creative Kids Education Foundation was a ClickSchooling Award-winner in 2008. You can read my original review by CLICKING HERE.

Recently, the staff of Creative Kids Central contacted me to let me know about a new game, “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that was added to their website. They wrote:

Kids of all ages can experience the musical aspects and technical wonders that combine to create opera. This thrilling game provides the player with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of their own 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 sung 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, you can go 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 Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.

*Teacher ResourcesDownload 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 45-60 minutes to complete.  It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!   


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