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Resources for students and teachers

The Opera House’s Teacher Resources provide inspirational activities to watch, listen and read for students in the classroom or learning at home. Teachers should adapt these resources to suit the student age, stage and the lesson outcomes desired. 

The resources will kick-start many collaborative conversations with students. From livestreamed talks and tours, to podcasts and videos from past performances, masterclasses and workshops, we've got it covered. Welcome to your House.

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Introduce your students to classical music, take a jazz masterclass with Herbie Hancock or learn about the creative process for Possum Magic. There's so much to discover.

From our stage to your classroom

Available on demand from our digital season

 

CoisCéim Dance Theatre: The Wolf and Peter

Ages 6+

A thrilling adventure with a contemporary twist. Told through the eyes of the Wolf, this energetic work from internationally acclaimed CoisCéim Dance Theatre explores themes of courage and imagination; showcasing contemporary dance at its best.

 

Author Talk: David Walliams

Ages 7+

Watch this very special talk recorded in 2017 about imagination and storytelling with David Walliams, the international bestselling children’s author of Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and The Midnight Gang

Introductions to classical music

 

George meets the orchestra

Ages 3+

Follow George as he chats with players from the Sydney Youth Orchestra and learns all about the four families of the orchestra – strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.

 

Karen meets the strings family

Ages 5+

Join Karen Pang and some musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  Learn about the string family and how musical techniques can be used to create mood, character and setting. 

Jazz masterclasses with Herbie Hancock and friends

Ages 12+

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and a number of internationally recognised jazz artists lead a series of masterclasses, exploring the history and artistry of jazz music. 

After more? Read the director of International Jazz Day, Mika Shino share stories about the legendary Miles Davis, Herbie's legacy in music, and the liberating power of jazz. 


Design and creativity

 

Go behind the scenes of Emil and the Detectives and learn about the set design process 

Ages 12+

In this five part series, designer Wendy Todd explains the set design process using Slingsby Theatre Company's production Emil and the Detectives

Watch now

 

Learn how to make models inspired by Utzon's own designs

Ages 7+

For our 45th anniversary, we held a series of free workshops for kids, exploring the design principles of architect Jørn Utzon. In this five part series, make mini models and daring constructions. 

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Talks from remarkable thinkers to inspire

Watch All About Women 2020 highlights

Ages 12+

Connect students to inspirational women in three thought-provoking talks from the All About Women Festival that provide a great starting point for class discussions. 

  • Find out about pioneering STEM women and their role in understanding the Universe; 
  • Meet young Australian women who are green with rage tackling climate change; and,
  • Tear down the societal construct of beauty. 

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Laser Beak Man at the Opera House

 

Tim Sharp Digital Artist Talk

Ages 9+

We hosted a special digital artist talk for World Autism Day with internationally acclaimed artist and author Tim Sharp. Tim has autism and has won fans from all around the world with his unique sense of humour and original art. Here, Tim appears alongside his mum Judy Sharp, and is interviewed by Jacqueline Marriott.

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Through Laser Beak Man's Eyes

Ages 9+

As a fan of the Sydney Opera House, Tim Sharp takes us on a tour of the building and shares with us his unique point of view.

Beauty can be found in diversity, inclusion and looking at the world through the eyes of different people.

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Author talks 

 

Bestselling children's author and illustrator
Matt Stanton on creativity 

Ages 4+

Catch up on our exclusive talk with bestselling children's author and illustrator Matt Stanton in celebration of Australian Reading Hour.  Find out where Matt gets his inspiration from, his creative process and why reading and stories are important for development. 

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Record-breaking author of Nevermoor series Jessica Townsend 

Ages 7+

Connect your students to this very special encore stream of record-breaking Australian children's author Jessica Townsend. Her first novel Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. 

Book free on demand talk


Possum Magic illustrator Julie Vivas shares her creative process

 

Drawing the Magic 

Ages 5+

Take a look at the creative process behind the iconic characters of Hush and Grandma Poss from Possum Magic with illustrator Julie Vivas.

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Behind the Magic 

Ages 4+

Drawing inspiration form the world around her, join us on a visit to Julie Vivas' home studio to see where the magic happens.  

Watch now



Listen

Arty Farty  A Podcast for Kids 

Our new podcast Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids has been created especially for Kid Creatives. We’re excited to share special moments, insights, tips, tricks and more from kids themselves, and creative types who appear here at the House.

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Featured episodes

 

David Walliams

Ages 6+

David talks about his bestselling novel Billionaire Boy and the unlikely places he's found inspiration.

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Jessica Townsend

Ages 7+

Award-winning author of the Nevermoor series, Jessica shares her tips and tricks for creating characters. 

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Henry Naylor

Ages 12+

Find out what inspires Henry to write plays and why he thinks it’s important to tell the stories that he does.

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Read

Inspiring pieces unpacking creativity. 

Students from Liverpool Boys High School experimenting with creativity as part of their curriculum

How do you teach creativity?

Ages 12+

An interview with Paul Stanhope, Australian composer, conductor and educator on how the music in the adaptation of There's a Sea in My Bedroom came together.

Students from Liverpool Boys High School experimenting with creativity as part of their curriculum

Liverpool Boys High rewrites the school curriculum with creativity

Ages 12+

Principal Mike Saxon and his students are changing the way we learn.

One the Bear costume

Black Bear Magic

Ages 14+

We caught up with Candy Bowers and Melbourne rapper P-UniQue to chat the origins of hip hop fairytale One the bear, as well as bear-y important things like teenage identity and hip-hop in Australia. 


Written resources for teachers

These resources relate to our free live stream tours, workshops and talks for classrooms. 

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