The Education and Outreach area was developed out of the need both to develop specific projects for communicating the culture of music and theatre and to provide methodological support to the Accademia teaching and training effort.
The teaching program, coordinated by Carlo Delfrati, is addressed to teachers and students in accredited schools of all types and levels.
It includes a range of elements, from music appreciation to workshops in music, voice and musical theatre, from guided tours to encounters with performers and composers, with the objective of introducing young people to the arts and trades in the entertainment industry using non-traditional communication and a teaching method based on the creative and active involvement of each and every student.
Teaching materials and publications have been developed for teachers and students to support classroom activities and the interpretation and understanding of a musical or theatrical production: interactive products developed ad hoc for the different scholastic levels (Rossini’s Il turco in Italia for elementary schools, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Verdi’s Falstaff for middle and high schools).
Some of the outstanding projects are WLIA (Workshop of Live Interpretive Arts) promoted by Fondazione Cariplo, the Learning Weeks funded by the Region of Lombardy, and the school competitions First in the Class created by the City of Milan with the support of Edison. These initiatives aim to engage children and teenagers in the experience of music and theatre, as well as in practical workshops (costume making, makeup, hair styling, carpentry, scenography) complementing knowledge of the many roles needed to stage a production.
In 2014/15 the Educational staff is involved into the Learning Weeks Project for High Schools.