Thanks to the Academy's educational services 20,000 students come each season to the Opera. They are accompanied by their teachers who are at the heart of the work carried out in the field of artistic education and cultural action.
Contributing to initial or continued training by
providing tools to raise students' awareness of opera and dance is an essential
mission for the Paris Opera's Academy. Teachers involved in one of the
Academy's educational programmes benefit from different proposals to prepare,
raise awareness and help students to develop their critical perspective.
Ten Months of School and Opera
The teachers who join the programme with their classes participate to a three-day internship designed to present them with the resources made available to them and to shape the outlines of their projects.
The Academy also invites them to participate in
"The Chorus of Teachers", directed by Morgan
Jourdain. Through demanding voice-centered learning, teachers become learners
who measure what artistic work represents, which in return vitalises their own
Young Audience service
Teachers who attend Young Audience performances with their classes are offered many useful tools to provide the best preparation to their students. First of all they have access to material relating to the productions that contextualizes and puts into perspective the topics and themes addressed. They also have the opportunity to participate in artistic practice workshops and to attend meetings with the artists ("The keys to the show"). These meetings allows them to discover the world of the performing company and to interact with its stage directors, musical directors, and choreographers.
In addition, teachers conducting an educational
project related to opera or dance are accompanied by the managers of the Young
Audience service for the monitoring and implementation of their course.
The Media Library
The Academy Media Library allows teachers developing projects with the Academy to enrich their students' courses thanks to numerous educational resources such as material on all the productions scheduled at the Opera Bastille and the Palais Garnier, job descriptions, etc.
National Education offers all teachers various training courses with which the Academy is associated, thus contributing to a joint reflection on the issues of artistic education and cultural action.
As part of the Academic Training Plan of the Île-de-France educational districts, training courses on topics related to the Opera are regularly opened. A national internship is offered every season by the CERPEP (Center for Studies and Research on Partnerships with Companies and Professions) for secondary school teachers from all over France. Lastly, the Academy and the Higher Schools of Teaching and Education (ESPE) are partners, so specific internships can also be implemented via the Pedagogical Inspections.
Through all these courses, teachers are privileged
interlocutors for the Academy and have the opportunity to rely on the Opera’s
own resources for a better sharing of our common heritage. In this spirit, the
Academy ensures that artistic and cultural education are at the heart of its