Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Week 2 at Saint Vincent de Paul and Opening Day at Marillac!

Justin Callis, COT Teaching Artist

This week was our first day with our new students at Marillac!  It was really wonderful to see how excited our students were to be in the classroom, and just how energetic they were.  They really amazed us with their operatic singing and their enthusiasm.  We got right to work teaching them our opera gestures for the Magic Flute and getting them pumped for the performance!  It was so much fun taking them to see the opera the next day.  The bus ride was a bundle of energy and excitement, and the kids really enjoyed the field trip.  They ate lunch in Millennium Park, were interviewed for a video about Opera for All, and then sat down to the first act of the Magic Flute.  It was amazing how much they remembered about the opera from what we had taught them the day before, and it was truly rewarding to know they were paying that much attention to what we had said.  The kids were amazed.  So many of them had never seen an opera before, and watching them discover that it was fun and accessible was a real joy.  I can't wait to see them again on Tuesday!

Week 2 at Saint Vincent DePaul Center was a lot of fun.  We spent the first half of class playing games, and getting the kids excited to be there.  Even after such a long day at SVDP, the kids still had so much energy, they were doing handstands every time I looked away!  The games we played, Zip Zap Zop and Boppety-Boppety-Bop highlighted teamwork and focus, and I think the students got a lot out of it while still having lots of fun.

Justin teaching Boppety-Boppety-Bop

Then, we talked about Mozart.  Only a few of the students had heard of him, and they were all astounded that someone who lived so long ago was still so important to the world of music today.  We also taught them the opera gestures all of the other students were learning, and they found the story exciting and interesting.  And they were only a little disappointed when they discovered that the story was all made up!  I can't wait to get back in the classroom with them to continue our work on tableaus!


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