A Magnet School of Math, Science, and Technology in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera Guild engages in a school-wide MIE-focused examination of arts-infused teaching practice: the school’s K-5 curriculum maps in ELA, math, and social studies as well as partnership collaborations with other schools.
Metropolitan Opera Guild (MOG)
New England Conservatory (NEC)
Music-in-Education National Consortium (MIENC)
Curriculum/Content Focus by Grade:
Pre-Kindergarten: Exploring storytelling through dramatic play and music
Kindergarten: Story and Song: Language Acquisition through movement, music, and writing (retelling focus): Guided by a classroom teacher and a partnering artist, students create a short musical drama about ocean life. Students create character studies by using descriptive adjectives, develop a storyline, a simple libretto, and a soundscape to apply to the libretto. Additionally, students revise the libretto with movement in mind—physically showing or doing what was written out in the libretto. In the early stages of composition, student suggestions and response are random, with little connection to character, emotion or setting. As more work with soundscape is completed, students are able to connect musical/sound concepts to character with more ease.
1st Grade: Story and Song: Language Acquisition through movement, music, and writing (interpretation focus)
2nd Grade: Creating Opera to investigate Social Studies – The History of Jazz in NYC:
Students create character profiles based on their interpretation of a painting. After determining who is portrayed in the painting, they create their own plot by pinpointing events in beginning, middle, and end of story. From the beginning, middle, and end events they create a short libretto which they set to music. Students’ musical language used to describe the characters becomes richer, more descriptive, and more imaginative. Students also are able to describe the setting using music vocabulary. Class also makes social-emotional gains in self-confidence, motivation, and ownership of work.
3rd Grade: Investigating and comparing cultures through music and movement:
4th Grade: American History and Songwriting: Exploring Character: Students create original works of poetry based on historical events they are studying in conjunction with Social Studies. After taking part in a writer’s workshop unit on poetry revision and editing, students then set their poems to music. Using a number system to denote the major scale, students experiment with melodic shape to find the sequence of notes that best fit the mood and intent of the poetry. The integration and use of music not only encourages students to think and consider elements of text at a deeper level, but also allows the students to layer multiple creative processes on one another, resulting in a meaningful experience where nearly all students are engaged and interested in the work.
5th Grade (Research and Professional Development Opera Institute): Focusing on character and interpretation of point of view through elements of opera