Now that school has begun, many opportunities exist for integrating the arts into teaching and learning. Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS) provide resources that can be used in the classroom as well as remotely.
POPS is managed by the Utah State Board of Education and sponsored by the Utah State Legislature. The program brings arts education and professional artists across multiple disciplines to educators and schools for free or subsidized costs. Many of the experiences are also readily accessed online.
Springville Museum of Art
The Springville Museum of Art’s Museum from Home page offers several resources for teachers and students of all ages. These resources include lesson plans, video lesson plans, guided critiques (slideshows with questions and activities that foster closer looking), online exhibitions, postcard images and prompts and the Student Curators Resource Guide. Several of the resources, including the video lesson plans and guided critiques, can be given to students to complete independently.
There is also a link to the museum’s Artist 2 Artist program, giving secondary teachers the chance to request specific video lessons or Q&A’s with professional artists. For more information, check out the museum’s website at www.smofa.org.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Many resources for educators have been compiled on the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s website. Some of these include daily, hands-on Art Everyday projects for students and lesson plans from past Evening for Educators events.
The museum’s Art Truck, the only traveling educational art exhibit of its kind in Utah, is available free of charge. The Art Truck is available for on-site visits and for virtual tours. The virtual tours are a great way for students to “visit” the truck from the classroom or from home during remote learning. Art Truck educator packets, complete with lesson plans, are also available.
Virtual tours of the museum’s exhibitions are also available on their website, www.utahmoca.org.
Utah Opera is supporting educators and students by offering School from Home resources. Quiz-show style virtual assemblies with follow-up self-quiz questions are available. Who Wants to be an Opera Star is suited for elementary students and Opera Up Close is geared to secondary choral classes.
Videos of three short operas commissioned for the Golden Spike Celebration, with suggested thought topics for secondary students, can also be accessed on the School from Home page. Completing the Picture is one of the short operas intended for elementary-age students.
Vocal Resources for Young Singers are teaching videos intended for secondary school vocal music students, and include lessons with Utah Opera Resident Artists about breathing, warming up, and step-by-step learning of an Italian-language art song (Caro mio ben).
Educators and students can submit questions to artists in the “Ask a Singer” box. Watch videos from the Opera’s Resident Artists as they respond to these questions and other common assembly questions.
Other resources include a parade of Utah Opera costumes, an Introduction to Opera slideshow, and voice type videos. To utilize all of these musical resources and discover more, visit www.utahopera.org.
Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Utah Shakespeare Festival has many online materials available for teachers, students, and community members to cultivate and enrich their study of theatre. Study guides, including synopses and lessons plans, can be found on the Festival’s website at www.bard.org.
The Shakespeare Scenes Database is available for teachers, students, and others seeking scenes to deepen Shakespeare study and refine performance technique. The searchable database contains hundreds of scenes ready for performance and study and can be sorted by play, characters, and/or number of lines.
The Festival has many video resources, including the recently filmed performance of the Shakespeare-in-the-Schools touring production of Romeo and Juliet. Click here to find demonstrations of numerous theatre games and exercises performed by Festival teaching artists.
The Festival education staff is available for workshop instruction and can serve educators in their classrooms through live instruction or remotely through virtual Zoom, Webex, or Google platforms. For answers to questions, please contact the Festival education office at 435-865-8333 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Music Bingo challenge for young musicians focusing on both practice and learning.
- Scavenger Hunts: guided listening tours of Utah Symphony YouTube recordings.
- Instrument Video Library / Composer Biography Library.
- Elements of Music Activity Sheets / Elementary Concert Preparatory PowerPoint
- “Ask a Musician” box: submit a question to Utah Symphony musicians.
- Living room concerts (aka Quarantunes) performed by individual Utah Symphony musicians.
- Coming soon: instrument-specific videos intended for older instrumental music students related to performance and practice skills and techniques.
This post was written by Laura Giles. Laura is a lover of all things art, a first-grade teacher in Alpine School District, a writer for the Daily Herald newspaper, an Arts Leadership Academy graduate, and has earned the Arts Integration Endorsement from Brigham Young University. She can be reached at LauraCGiles@gmail.com.