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Opera educators are right to focus on the work being performed on the
main stage or in touring productions, but there are many online
resources related to opera that can be used to our advantage as well.
Though not opera-specific, two new resources from Ovation and Broadway Online Learning Center
may be of particular interest in our field. Each of these takes a
serious look at different aspects of the creation of a new work of opera
or music-theater, and is worth exploring.
Wicked Good Stuff!
The Broadway Online Learning Center is the latest offering from a group of teaching artists from Juilliard, Lincoln Center, Yale University and Teach for America. At www.broadwaylearning.org, the group is offering two different Page to Stage courses on the hit musical Wicked, one for students and one as a professional development course for educators. Each version will take participants through the process of adapting an existing book into a new work of musical theater, using the Broadway adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked as a starting point.
The 12-week student course provides an opportunity to earn three undergraduate credits from UNLV while creating their own scenes and sharing their work in text, visual and video formats.
The four-week professional development course for educators guides teachers through the process of creating a complete scene (based on an L. Frank Baum short story), an outline to guide their class through the same process, and a lesson plan from the story’s thematic content. Three graduate credits are available from UNLV for participating teachers.
For more information or to register, visit www.broadwaylearning.org.
Ovation TV has partnered with the New York City Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects to create an Arts Ed Toolkit at www.ovationtv.com/educators/seasons. This free service is pre-loaded with standards-based lessons in music, visual art and dance, including one on the Ovation TV documentary Philip Glass: Looking Glass, intended for use in any performance-based or general music class, in which students view and analyze video clips from the documentary before composing a piece based on the root of Glass’s “music with repetitive structures.” A free login is required to access the Toolkit, and teachers may also upload and share lesson plans from their own classroom with teachers and communities across the country.
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