Education and Community Engagement
The very nature of opera, as an integrally multidisciplinary art form, has allowed opera companies and schools to develop ways to incorporate opera into the curriculum. Over the years, Florida Grand Opera has been providing students with various ways to experience and engage with the art form, while supporting substantive classroom conceptual connection. Opera encompasses all fine arts disciplines and deals with subject matter drawn from literature, history and myriad cultural contexts. The creation and study of opera is essentially collaborative and complex. Opera performance is characterized by artistic excellence, which stems from historical traditions, and continues to be reinvented using modern technologies.
The art form‘s multifaceted environment inherently allows for connections across educational discipline, and intent to provide: sources of aesthetic experience, sources of human understanding, means of developing creative and flexible forms of thinking. Students are taught what high-quality work is and how to evaluate their work and others, it helps students in their cognitive, social, and emotional development, perfect opportunity to engage and prepare them for and into the 21st Century competitive world.
The combination of dramatic narrative, stagecraft, and music, and especially the range and vulnerability of the human voice, make Opera the art form that comes closest to expressing pure emotion. Narrative skills allow us to understand and tell stories. We learn and communicate using stories many times a day. All of the stagecraft demands give students tremendous life lessons about teamwork and the rewards of hard work. Music triggers engagement in social functions, hence musical activity is directly related to the fulfillment of basic human needs, such as communication, cooperation and social attachment. Music influences, and interacts with, the processing of visual information (whether visual information is real or imagined).
FGO’s Education and Community Engagement is integral to arts education in South Florida, committed to creating curriculum-based programs to educate the new generations about the opera art form. Education and community initiatives for young people and adults encompass the culturally diverse population of South Florida and introduce them to the operatic art form, creative thinking, and gauging understanding of content standards through multidisciplinary, hands-on educational activities. These include in-school classroom connections that focus on both vocal and technological aspects of opera, dress rehearsals (with study guides) for school groups, community performances, FGO Family Festivals, and more.
* You can partner with FGO to help ensure the future of arts education and encourage a community of opera lovers with your generous FGO Education contribution. For more information on our Education programs or to make your gift, click here, or call our Department of Education and Community Engagement at (305) 403-3308.