OPERA GOES TO SCHOOLS IN GWINNETT

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Teachers are always on the lookout for ways to make lessons come alive. For foreign language instructors in several Gwinnett schools, that’s been made easier with a little help from a few opera singers.

Turns out the musical art form, usually staged with subtitles so audiences can follow along, provides an excellent exercise in multi-language skills. For students in the district’s dual-immersion language classes, it introduced an soundtrack to studies that many young listeners may never have encountered.

Throughout the month of January, the meeting of music and curriculum took place at various schools that hosted a scaled-down version of “The Barber of Seville,” staged by members of the Atlanta Opera. The 45-minute shows marked the first time the schools had hosted the opera’s performers.

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