Teaching Students About Blind Opera Singers
As an opera singer, my work has taken me to stages across the world. But the most rewarding performances are the ones where I get to sing for students and share my story of being a blind opera singer. Teaching students about blind opera singers can open their eyes to the power of inclusivity and diversity, and show them the limitless potential that exists within all of us.
Being blind was never a barrier to my love for music. I started playing the piano at an early age and, when I discovered my singing voice, I was hooked. Music became my passion, and my dream was to become an opera singer.
It wasn’t until later that I realized how rare it was for someone like me to pursue opera. The opera world is very visual, and often relies heavily on costumes, sets, and lighting to convey the story. But, as I discovered, it’s not impossible to be a blind opera singer. Being blind actually helps me focus solely on my singing and feel the emotions behind the music.
Teaching students about blind opera singers can teach them the value of inclusivity, showing them that everyone has something unique to contribute. Celebrating diversity shouldn’t just be reserved for “special occasions” like Black History Month or International Women’s Day. It should be an ongoing effort to create a more open and accepting society. Exposure to people with different life experiences – including those who are disabled – can broaden students’ perspectives and help them develop empathy and understanding.
Teaching students about blind opera singers can also inspire them to pursue their own passions, regardless of perceived barriers or limitations. As a blind opera singer, I have dealt with doubts and obstacles, but I never let them stop me from following my dreams. Sharing my story can encourage students to chase their own aspirations, and remind them that anything is possible if they believe in themselves and work hard.
There are many ways to teach students about blind opera singers. Some ideas include:
1. Bringing in a blind opera singer to perform and speak to students about their experiences
2. Screening a documentary or film that features a blind opera singer, such as “Blind Ambition” or “La Fanciulla del West”
3. Discussing the history of blind opera singers, such as Andrea Bocelli or Marla Glen
4. Incorporating music lessons that focus on listening to opera rather than watching it, encouraging students to use their other senses to experience the music.
Teaching students about blind opera singers can be a powerful tool for promoting inclusivity, diversity, and perseverance. It can encourage students to open their minds to new perspectives, and inspire them to pursue their own passions with confidence and determination. By sharing my own story and those of other blind opera singers, I hope to help create a world that celebrates the unique abilities of every individual.