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ArtsAlive.ca is a bilingual (English and French)performing arts educational website produced by the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The goals of ArtsAlive.ca are:
  • To engage younger generations of Canadians in information, multimedia resources and activities pertaining to the performing arts, and
  • To provide free performing arts-related primary and secondary resources to students, parents and teachers to aid them in learning about and teaching the topics presented. ArtsAlive provides information, recordings, video clips, activities and resources for students, teachers and parents.
The National Arts Centre (NAC) in Canada is strongly committed to being a leader and innovator in each of the performing arts fields in which it works - classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety, and community programming.

Published by National Arts Centre New Media

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Performing Arts
Themes/Keywords: Dance
Performing Arts

orchestra, brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds, composers, conductors, set design, maquettes, compare and contrast

Essential Question(s)
1. What are the components of an orchestra?
2. What are the elements of a theatre production?
3. What defines dance?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What is meant by 'behind the scenes' in a performing arts production?
2. Who are the members of an orchestra?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arts: Go to Great Composers section and select a composer from each era (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary). Make a fact sheet for each composer. Create a multimedia presentation that includes a map and short audio files.
2. History/Social Studies: Create a multimedia presentation that uses a world map with links to videos demonstrating cultural dances from at least 10 countries spanning the globe.
3. Mathematics: Explore the instrument lab. Create a 4 question survey for the favorite instrument and display the results. For example - display age or sex of those surveyed, whether or not they have ever played the instrument, etc.
4. Performing Arts: Explore the Collections (Imagined Spaces, Secret Life of Costumes and Persuading Presence). Create a list of careers/job titles and a with a short explanation of some of the responsibilities.
5. Foreign Language: In French create a site map or org chart to explain the contents of the website.
6. Science: Research some of the medical problems such as repetitive stress injuries for musicians and dancers.

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