Editor’s Note: This is Melody Jenkin’s third post in a series of three regarding her internship this semester. You can view follow-up posts to this one, and her internship proposal, here.
I can’t believe that the Outreach Opera performances have finally come to a close. I’ve learned so much this semester about Music-in-Education, teaching, and working with kids. Posted below are a couple videos of interviews with the students after they had completed my study guide, but before they viewed the performances. I was pleased with the amount of knowledge they retained from the guides. I noticed that the lessons where they had to do more activities were the lessons that they remembered most.
Touring Opera Student Interview
Another Student Interview
Here are some great questions they had about the performance after they had seen it:
When was your character born?
How do you sing so loud?
Were you nervous before you went on stage?
How do you feel when you are singing?
How did opera start?
Can kids sing opera?
I think that these are all great questions that the kids are asking. Inquisition plays a large part in education. These questions show that the students have a lot of interest in learning more about opera. I’m glad that the workbook and the performance sparked their interest.
One of the main ideas that I wanted to get across to the kids is that anyone can participate in and enjoy music. Sometimes the student’s initial reactions would be, “I could never do something like that,” but we try to show them that they can. Music is a specialized field, but not any more so than math, for example. Many have more of an aptitude for math or a talent for music, but both are worth studying and can be appreciated by anyone.