About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Opera and Orchestral Music chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Overview of opera||Vocabulary and important terms, such as aria, libretto and lietmotif|
|Tuesday||Opera singers||Parts for singers, such as soprano; along with concepts such as diva and castrati; determining what parts to sing|
|Wednesday||Types of opera||Opera buffa and seria, Wagnerian and Mozart|
|Thursday||Orchestral Music||Format, instrument sections, roles|
|Friday||Orchestral history||How orchestral music has evolved over time|
1. What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts
Opera incorporates the elements of not only singing but acting, dancing, costuming and more! In this lesson, you will learn all about the key parts of opera and important opera terms.
2. Operatic Singers: Vocal Parts and Singer Roles
Operas tend to cast their performers according to their vocal ranges. Explore how each of these roles fits into the opera, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
3. Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart
Opera is one of the most respected art forms in Western music, but there are several types of opera. Discover some of the well known opera genres, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles
Orchestral music is one of the most traditional forms of Western music. So, what is it? Explore the elements of the orchestra and orchestral music, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
5. History of the Orchestra: Growth of Orchestral Music Throughout History
Orchestral music is one of the classical foundations of Western culture. In this lesson, you will explore the history and development of this art form, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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