Voices for Social Justice

Students create a musical story based on challenges they face every day in their communities. Available in English or Spanish.

Music is often used as a conveyor of ideals, opinion, rebellion and affirmation. In this program, we look closely at how art and song have contributed to shaping and encouraging social change. Students identify social and political conflicts in their communities and put the power of songwriting into practice as they create their own opera.

Information for Teachers

For grades 4–8. This program consists of ten 90-minute class sessions, a performance, and a 45-minute follow-up session. Two teaching artists plan content with the classroom teacher, who also works with students to complete assignments between visits. Access to performance space and a piano in good working order is necessary.

Cost

$1,200 for each participating classroom. Scholarships are available for qualifying schools.

The Hero's Journey

Adaptation of literature or social issues into a musical piece allows students to deeply engage with different cultures, ideologies and character traits. Careful examination of character motivation, and the means by which characters try to achieve their objectives, illuminate the values and morals that often determine the difference between tragedy and comedy.

Learn more about the Opera Guild's Year of the Hero.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.