Create and Sing Carmen Explorer

In this explorer course, introduce your class to the story of Carmen, learn songs from the opera, explore the basics of dramatic singing technique and stage a scene.

  • Explorer Lesson 1: Setting The Scene

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Clear empty space
    • Means of capture

    In this introductory lesson, students will experience some of the challenges opera singers face and, through this, learn more about what opera is. The students will also be learning the 'Children’s Chorus' from Carmen.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 1
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Mama, Would You Buy Me A Banana?
      10mins
    • Yes And No Game
      5mins
    • Twinkle Twinkle Instant Opera
      5mins
    • Song: The Children’s Chorus
      20mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 1 – The Market Square
      5mins
    • Market Square Devising Game
      10mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 2: Carmen, The Whole Story

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Clear empty space
    • Means of capture

    In this lesson we will meet the three main characters who feature in this version of Carmen and learn the plot of the opera. There should also be time to recap ‘Toreador’ from week one.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 2
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Carmen – Meet the Characters, Learn the Themes
      10mins
    • Soundscape Body Percussion Exercise
      15mins
    • Song: The Children’s Chorus
      20mins
  • Explorer – Lesson 3: Carmen's Big Aria, Habanera

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Clear empty space

    This lesson focusses on exploring the second of the six plot points, and also on the ‘Habanera’, which is one of Carmen’s big songs.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 4
      5mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 2 – The Free Bird Has Been Caged
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Habanera
      10mins
    • Song: Habanera
      20mins
    • Song: The Children’s Chorus
      20mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 4: Momentum And Pacing

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Clear empty space

    By now you have learned a lot of material, so this lesson is a chance to make sure everyone is clear on the plot so far, and to rehearse some of the things you have already learned. Focus on recapping/rehearsing material from earlier in the process. If you have more time, go back and do one of the extension exercises provided from the earlier lessons to develop one of those sections further. There is also an extension exercise based around fate, which explores this part of the plot in more detail.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 6
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Habanera
      10mins
    • Revising A Song
      10mins
    • Song: Habanera
      20mins
    • Song: The Children’s Chorus
      20mins
  • Explorer - Lesson 5: Putting It All Together

    60mins

    Requirements

    • Clear empty space
    • Means of capture

    The moment has come to put your piece together. There is no new material to learn this lesson, but there are lots of decisions to make.

    Units/Activities

    • Starter Activity: Carmen Video 9
      5mins
    • Carmen Plot Point 2 – The Free Bird Has Been Caged
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Spellcasting
      5mins
    • Vocal Warm Up: Habanera
      10mins
    • Revising A Song
      10mins
    • Song: Habanera
      20mins
    • Song: The Children’s Chorus
      20mins