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.
Explore our range of digital content for schools celebrating and acknowledging NAIDOC Week and our Indigenous history and culture. Take a digital tour exploring the history of Bennelong Point, tune in to a panel event for high school students featuring young Indigenous thinkers, or even get hands-on by trying out a damper recipe from head of First Nations programming, Rhoda Roberts. There's so much to share with your students this NAIDOC Week, 8 - 15 November.
Join a panel of iconoclastic young Indigenous Australian cultural thinkers and leaders including Emily Johnson, Corey Tutt, Lille Madden, and Ryhan Clapham (aka DOBBY) in this unique NAIDOC event for secondary school students.
Tune in to this inspiring talk about creativity and writing with record-breaking Australian children’s author Jessica Townsend. This talk, recorded in 2018, focuses on Jessica’s second book Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow.
Come on a journey around the world in this wonderful introduction to classical music, created especially for your toddler and you! Hear songs from five different continents as you meet the string instruments along the way.
Join award-winning maths teacher, author and Wootube star Eddie Woo on a marvellous adventure around the Opera House; uncovering the mathematical concepts behind the construction and design solutions of the building. This week in episode 4, learn about fractal geometry and how architect Jørn Utzon took inspiration from the natural environment.
Discover the famous Coburn tapestries, the Curtain of the Sun and the Curtain of the Moon, the original house curtains for the Opera Theatre and Drama Theatre stages. Learn about the history behind this great Australian story, and get creative with our teacher resources inspired by these iconic works covering Art, Design and Technology, and Textiles curriculum.
Learn about the string family and how musical techniques can be used to create mood, character and setting with Karen Pang and musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra on the set of 'There's a Sea in My Bedroom'.
Join Karen Pang along with the composers of 'There’s a Sea in My Bedroom' Dr Daniel Blinkhorn and Associate Professor Paul Stanhope as they find out where music comes from, plus learn some fun ways to start your own composition.
Jazz masterclasses with Herbie Hancock and friends
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.
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.
Bestselling children's author and illustrator Matt Stanton on creativity
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.
Our 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.
Is the Queen the most famous person to have visited the Opera House? Take a journey down into the vaults of the Opera House to talk to the person who’s an expert on all the Sydney Opera House records and photos.
Season 2: Creative Conversations
Learn about the creative process and inspiration behind well-known artists. These conversations will spark the imagination of children and adults alike.
David talks about his bestselling novel Billionaire Boy and the unlikely places he's found inspiration.
Author of the Funny Kids series, listen to how Matt starts getting words onto a page and how important reading is to creating stories.
Join Tim and his mum Judy as they discuss Tim's early years being diagnosed with autism, his life as an artist and creator and where this dream has taken him.
Introduce young listeners to musical soundscapes and classical compositions with the Classic Kids podcast and our interactive activity sheets.
Through sounds and storytelling, these resources are designed to help kids learn about the instrument families and develop their musical vocabulary.