Roots of Literacy, ELA, Music and More using Opera By Children Wings to Capture Student Imagination through Arts Integrated Learning!
Session 5: Grades K–6
Arts Education integration is alive and thriving with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre education programs. Opera by Children, having served K–6 classrooms for over 20 years, has developed a system where creativity is robustly unleashed in each student as groups either create a class opera or a professionally realized song that’s radio ready. Learn the literacy, ELA, Fine Arts standards, and more which drive this program while creating your own original work as a group. We’ll walk away singing our newly created, hot off the press, original song.
Pamela Nelson Gee has taught, mentored, performed, and inspired using the arts, especially in education. As an arts educator she has had grassroots to state and national involvement and been able to develop purposeful processes in arts education in collaboration with many of the best people in the profession. Pamela began acting as a young child and was teaching creative drama by age 15 with the Children's Festival Theatre in Rexburg, ID. She graduated from Ricks College (now BYU-I) and Utah State University (USU) in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in music and dance. While attending USU, Ruth B. Call hired Pamela to teach classes and direct productions for the Unicorn Theatre and she continued for 12 years (writing and adapting nearly 20 productions), even returning and assisting with the program later as their education director. She also worked at Cache Valley Center for the Arts as the education outreach manager and art camp director and moved from there into an administrative role as education associate in 2003 for Utah Festival. Doing so enabled her to continue her creative role with the Opera by Children (OBC) program since its inception in 1997 and now has been the director for six years. She is a co-author and co-editor of the "Opera by Children" training manual, a step-by-step approach for teachers to use as they incorporate opera into their core curriculum. Pamela also directed the development of the online training website, and teaches the online OBC course for USU. She has traveled the country teaching OBC methods. She is a frequent presenter on teaching the arts to children, arts administration, creative drama, and adjudicates for the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards. She enjoys being a private acting coach and a playwright. She also loves to sing, write poetry and spend time with family and friends. She stands as a Change Leader for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums since 2006, and has been a frequent grant panelist. She was invited to be influential with the recent update of the Utah Fine Arts Core Standards. She is a board member for EngAge Utah and is Vice Chairman of the Board for Utah Cultural Alliance.