Lower School
Spaces and Places: "The Specials"
Fifth Grade


Instructors: Mary Heveran and Lisa Dove

The highlight of the 5th grade music curriculum is the Creating Original Opera process.

This process requires students to make use of knowledge and concepts from all curricular areas such as social studies, science, physical education, math, language arts, computer science, visual arts and music.  By forming their own opera company students realize the importance of teamwork and their own responsibilities in the learning process.  Learning becomes meaningful and purposeful because we place children in situations in which they are motivated to take responsibility for their own learning.  The class meets twice a week for 90 minutes each time. Production jobs include writers, composers, set designers, carpenters, costume and make-up designers, public relations, historians, electricians and lighting designers, performers, stage managers, and a production manager.  The yearlong process culminates in a performance that is presented to the school community in the spring.

Students also prepare for a trip to see an opera production at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City at which time they can get an idea of what their job equivalent is like in the professional opera world.
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.