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EPOC – opera for, by and with children

Welcome to the Teachers’ Area! Here is a selection of resources for singing and opera-making. With the EPOC website being created as recently as November 2010, these pages represent only a beginning: our plan is to gradually assemble a comprehensive set of resources for use by teachers (and parents) wanting to introduce their children to opera. Coming soon will be sections on: designing opera for schools; literacy aids for writing lyrics and libretti; tips on how to mount a school opera/panto/bollywood musical/nativity play; plus links to many good free resources for teachers.

With 17 years of experience in the field and with a future filled with more exciting projects, we will have a wealth of more specific resources that we will make available for everyone to share. For example: we will continue to make as much operatic-based singing material available as soon as possible; and, with our Olympic-inspired project for 2012 we will be helping create songs for over 200 different countries around the world. Sign up for the Newsletter and we will keep you informed as to what resources are being made available and when.

For now, here are a few examples. But first, we are always keen to remind everyone that the word ‘opera’ means literally ‘a work’ and that, as such, it was word conceived as a catch-all for all the many disciplines involved in its creation. Opera is so many things, all of which serve to render it one of the most inclusive of all art forms.

Opera is:

music   singing   drama   dance   composition   design   poetry

history   myth   legend   languages  geography   maths

participation   teamwork   fun   community   sing-a-long

painting   counting   sewing   building   writing    composing

musicals    bollywood    operetta   pantomime    zarzuela


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Singing in Schools

A series of information sheets and tips to help support anyone starting singing in schools. There are sheets on organising a rehearsal; the role of the singing leader; preparing to sing; and a series of practical exercises for warming up physically and vocally. For more resources check out The Song Room.


Resources for teachers working on EPOC Carmen projects: articles; practical commentaries on other resources; synopses; ideas for class etc. They are grouped into two sections: those that deal specifically with EPOC’s version of Carmen and those that are of more general interest.
For Carmen resources, check out The Song Room.

Glossaries of Terms

A few guides to some of the terminology used in opera. Check out the children’s area as well as there are similar resources there as well

Voice Types

A guide to the many different types of voices used in opera (Soprano, Tenor Bass etc). There is also a section on children’s voices.

Brief History of Opera

A brief history of classical, western European opera. Coming soon - sections on opera from around the world and another on opera written specifically for children to perform.

Wagner’s Ring

Resources and Information on Wagner, his ring and EPOC’s 2011 education project – including synopsis, funny facts, character sheets etc etc.