All’alba vincerò (At dawn, I will win)

Educational path to draw students closer to opera

    School sections
    • Lower secondary school
    Educational subjects
    • Instrumental practice
    • Aural skills (Ear training)
    • soundscapes
    • Music and technologies

All’alba vincerò (At dawn, I will win)

he aim of this educational path was to draw students closer to opera, a musical form considered too difficult and distant from their reality and their listening skills. In order to capture the students’ attention, the path did not start from musical aspects, but from narrative elements. In fact, the first activity carried out was the narration of a plot that often is as intriguing and complex as a TV fiction. The students were then introduced to a fascinating aria full of pathos. At that point, the objective was achieved! The path allowed to integrate other subjects and arts, allowing to develop in students critical and analysis skills. The path was based on collaborative learning, instrumental practice, development of multimedia contents and of synthesis and gamification, all ingredients necessary to keep the students actively involved and their attention high.

Work tools

In order to carry out the path, it is necessary to have an IWB, because the opera has to be also viewed. The methodology used is remarkably favored by the use of technology, with the introduction of the method “Bring Your Own Device” when the school does not have the possibility to provide devices. In order to view the multimedia products and realize cooperative learning activities, it is necessary to be connected to the Internet. Shared spaces in Cloud and free Apps are necessary (for example Padlet, Mentimeter, Timeline, Popplet lite or Cmap, Kahoot, Learningapss, Imovie or Vivavideo, etc.), allowing for interaction in real time, gamification and the collection of web links. It is necessary to have a proper space for the instrumental activity.

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Interpretation
    • Analysis
    • Comprehension
    • Execution
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of conventional analogic music notation
    Lower secondary school
    • Understands and evaluates events, materials, and musical works recognising their meanings, also in relation to his/her own musical experience and the different historical/sociological context.
    • Actively participating in music experiences through the execution and the interpretation of vocal and instrumental music pieces belonging to different genres and cultures.
    • Capacity to conceive and create music and multimedia messages, also though improvisation or collective elaboration processes, using also IT tools, in critical confrontation with models belonging to the musical heritage
    Reading and Writing
    • Using different notation systems functional to reading, analysis and reproduction of pieces of music
Educational targets

The students learned how to:

- recognize the social functions of music, even with regard to other languages
- perform instrumental, monodic and polyphonic pieces, of different genres and styles, both individually and in group
- recognize musical styles and forms when listening
- participate in group performances with melodies and harmonies performed with various instruments proposing personal solutions concerning the structure of the performance
- grasp and reformulate messages (emotions, situations, characters, historical periods) listening to proper pieces proposed by the teacher
- find and choose digital contents on the Internet, proving to understand the various multimedia language messages and the ability to produce personal ones
- use specific music Apps and the combination of different media
- manage roles, rules and relations within a working group


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