Sharing Stories through Song
presented by the Canadian Children’s Opera Company
(formerly OPERAtion KIDS)
Opera Kids Online (OKO) is a newly revised version of the OPERAtion Kids school program. This project continues the CCOC’s long-standing community music education program. The new online model was designed to bring the joy, appreciation and understanding of the world of opera to classrooms virtually.
No musical expertise is necessary to participate and enjoy this program. Teachers with any level of musical experience are welcome.
WHAT IS OKO
OKO offers 10 online musical training sessions, one-hour each, to involve and teach students to create their own mini opera. Students will learn how opera is essentially storytelling through song; how storytelling using music allows emotions to transcend language and conscious thought; and, what a creative and inspirational music form opera can be.
WHAT WILL THEY LEARN
Through the OKO program, students will:
- Be introduced to the essential elements of opera
- Explore music’s role in conveying emotion and action through opera
- Foster an appreciation for opera as an art form
- Develop their language arts, social and emotional, and arts learning through creative group work
- Enrich their cultural experience with exposure to an art form that may not be accessible to them
HOW DOES IT WORK
Lead by the CCOC’s teaching artist, students will:
- Create an original story
- Choose emotionally appropriate songs, from traditional operatic repertoire, to enhance their story
- Write lyrics to tell their story within the songs they have chosen
- Be introduced to vocal production, (understanding physically how the sound is produced and then how to do produce it properly themselves)
- Learn to sing their opera collectively and produce a vocal recording of their opera
- Create drawings that express ideas from their story and help tell the narrative
- Explore opera as an interdisciplinary art-form
- Experience singing as an important form of teamwork
The final project will be a digital video performance incorporating the audio of students’ singing their original song and their artwork. The final video will be shown in the last class session and can be shared with other classes in the school. The use of visual arts in the video ensures that children identity will be protected and no images of them will appear in the video. The CCOC will explore other public showing opportunities to share the OKO final operas as part of their online season next year.
WHO WILL BENEFIT
OKO is focusing on students, grades 4 to 6 in virtual classes, within the Greater Toronto Area. Priority will be given to schools/classes who do not have any current music education program in place and/or are considered in a priority neighbourhood in the GTA.
WHEN DOES IT START
Starting mid-January 2021, we will start the first set of programs. The second series of sessions will start in early April 2021.
Applications are due December 15th for both sets of sessions.
WHERE IS IT HELD
The program is only available ONLINE during school hours for virtual classes. The program will only use the school platform hosted by the classroom teacher. The program will be facilitated by a Teaching Artist from CCOC.
TEACHING ARTIST AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Since 2014, Adine Mintz has been a conductor and educator for the CCOC. She is the conductor of the Apprentice Chorus and the primary teaching artist & program co-ordinator for CCOC’s Opera Kids Online program, (formerly OPERAtion Kids), inspiring students all over Toronto by creating original operas with them.
With over 25 years of experience conducting operas and ensembles, her past credits include music director of the St. Clement Community Orchestra, Director of the music school at Cosmo Music, and Musical Director of Il barbiere di seviglia by Rossini at U of T. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Masters in Conducting from the University of Toronto.
She is also the proud mother of two CCOC choristers.
Still have questions? Email Adine at email@example.com
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
The cost of the program is $10,000 per class which includes the ten-week, online program and final digital production. The program is fully subsidized and will be made available to approved schools. Preference will be offered to classes without current music education programs and/or are considered in a priority neighbourhood in the GTA.
The CCOC is grateful to BMO Financial for their ongoing support of Opera Kids Online (formerly OPERAtion Kids) over the past 6 years. It is through the financial support of companies like BMO that the CCOC is able to offer this music experiential program free of charge to a limited number of classes in the Greater Toronto Area, every year. Once the available partnerships have been filled, remaining qualified classes will be placed on a wait list and contacted should a space become available.
If you are an educator who currently teaches a virtual classroom and is interested in our program, please click on the link below to access the application form. Applications will be reviewed on first-come, first-served basis.
Space is limited so please apply early.
- Classroom teacher or principal must apply for interested classes/schools
- November – Registration opens / review process begins
- December 15th – Applications close!
- Late December – Successful applicants will be notified of status
- Early January – Teaching Artist will set up orientation meeting with teachers to map out the program timing & details.
Participating Teachers and Schools
- All classes are hosted by the classroom teacher on Google Meets through Google Classroom (or other school sanctioned platform).
- CCOC will not have any contact with students outside of their virtual classroom.
- Weekly sessions of 50-60 minutes occur during a regularly scheduled school day and time.
- The designated time for the session will be determined by the classroom teacher and Teaching Artist (e.g., Tuesdays at 10:00, or Thursdays during 3rd period).
- Teachers are required to participate in a one-hour planning meeting with the Teaching Artist before the program begins. The purpose of this meeting is to orient teachers to the program, discuss roles and responsibilities, learning objectives, and confirm session meeting schedules.
- Teachers are expected to approach sessions as an active, engaged participant and maintain classroom discipline of students.
- Teachers are to distribute any necessary materials to the students and/or parents for the program as may be required.
- Teachers assist students in completing any necessary activities between sessions (minimal time commitment).
- Teachers communicate with the Teaching Artist consistently regarding lesson plans, student progress or challenges, and any changes to the determined schedule.
CCOC and Teaching Artist
- The Teaching Artist (TA) will accept, review and discuss all applications with qualifying schools/classes.
- The TA will set up at the planning meeting with the teachers at a mutually accepted date/time.
- The TA will develop, lead and facilitate all in class lessons.
- The TA will work to find appropriate music to offer the students, and work to with them to refine and finesse the final product.
- The TA will collect all artwork from students to compile the final digital performance to present to the class.
- The TA schedule with the teacher if /when the final production can be shown to the full school.
- The TA will advise the teacher and school of any other public performances of the video.
- The CCOC has an established partnership agreement with the TDSB.
Still have questions? Email Adine at firstname.lastname@example.org