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Gesamtkunstwerk. To more Americans, the word is simply a mouthful

of German. To the great operatic composer Richard Wagner,

it summed up what

the art form opera should beuniveral in its mix of poetry, drama,

visual art,

and music. to students, it is the name of opportunity.

The opportunity to know about all the aspects of music by some of the

world's greatest composers.

The opportunity to attain a grasp of some of the knowledge and


spelled out in the National Standards for Music Education.

The National Standards for Music Education.


Standard 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

Standard 2: Performing instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of musc

Standard 3: Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments

Standard 4: Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

Standard 5: Reading and notating music

Standard 6: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music

Standard 7: Evaluaating music and musical performance

Standard 8: Understanding relationships between music; the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts

Standard 9: Understandg music in relation to history and culture


All of the lessons in this page come from Opera. All of Music and More by MENC and the Metropolitan Opera, Teacher's Guide.

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