[Surfnetkids: 16 Mar 2011] Opera

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#1. March 16, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Will you be wearing a wee bit of the green this Thursday? Subscribers to my Holiday Fun newsletter got this email earlier this week, but it’s online for all who still are looking for online resources for St. Patrick’s Day:


Fun aside, my heart is heavy with grief for all the families affected by the recent natural disasters in Japan. I’d love to hear from readers about what you’ve done to help. Which are your favorite relief organizations? I know the International Red Cross is one, but I’d like to know of others. I’ve posted this question at Facebook:


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Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Opera

by Barbara J. Feldman

Opera Printable (** for premium members only)

Opera is a form of musical theater that started in Italy at the end of the sixteenth century, and differs from modern dramas in that all the words are sung, instead of spoken. The opera’s story is told through the libretto (the lyrics), the musical score, and acting as well as dancing. Armed with just a little knowledge, an opera doesn’t have to be intimidating.

Creative Kids Education Foundation: Hansel and Gretel: Learning about Opera!
This wonderfully illustrated interactive activity walks us through an opera experience, and is my pick of the week. First comes the program, the overture, and then dance music that “sounds like happy kids jumping!” You become the choreographer as you control Hansel and Gretel’s dance steps, or a set designer choosing a backdrop. After the opera, go backstage for teacher resources, an operatic glossary, fairy tale resources, and a voice studio where you’ll learn about vocal range.

An Introduction to the Metropolitan Opera
This one-page summary tells the history of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and in the left-hand sidebar, you’ll find an illustrated, audio timelime of the famous opera house. But my favorite clicks (also found in the sidebar) are Sounds of the Met and Stories of the Operas. Sounds of the Met is a collection of more than 200 audio clips, some dating back to the late nineteenth century. Stories of the Operas is a database of operatic stories (with performance video clips), listed by title and composer.

Opera for Everyone!
Once available only as a four-CD set, “Opera for Everyone by Ira Ross” is now available as a free download. Each album features a different opera: The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Carmen and Madama Butterfly. “Each CD tells the story in two ways, first with words and then with music. Ira Ross begins each CD with an introduction to the opera and to the overture. He then describes the action of the first major episode and suggests what to listen for in the related music. This is followed by the music. This sequence is repeated for each additional major episode in the opera: narration – music – etc.”

… Click to continue Opera .

#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Opera Printable

Opera Wikipedia Printable
Science of Sound Printable

Musical Instruments Printable

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#4. Related Games

Music Coloring Pages

Musical Instruments Word Search

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