Educational Classes

For detailed information and class outlines, contact Danielle Di Stefano, soprano at   bellacanta@roadrunner.com

Danielle is pleased to announce her very popular class series, Singing it Forward, written especially for adults to explore opera and classical music in the world around them, and cultivate appreciation for this art form, regardless of age. Singing it Forward has earned the “Partners of Excellence Award” from Opera Volunteers International.

Currently there are eight classes (and a new Master Composer series is being prepared!)
Available now: “The Olympics of Singing,” “The Science of Song,” “The Secret Life of Music,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “All that Jazz,” “Unsung Songstresses,” “Perfectly Puccini” and “Mostly Mozart,” each touching on music history, science, language, and critical thinking skills, in a very entertaining way. 
Due to popular demand, Ms. Di Stefano has written a 34 class music history series. Every class has live singing peppered throughout and Ms. Di Stefano always has a few extra pieces prepared to perform at the end, as it’s usually requested by the audience. 

Music History Series: Starting from the very roots of human history, students will learn how music shaped language, society, and changed the course of history. Featuring performances in Ancient Greek, Sumerian, Latin, and more, accompanied by period instruments. 34 classes of slides, live singing, multimedia, and period costuming await in this exciting class series.

“The Olympics of Singing” discusses the progression of opera history over the centuries, as well as important elements of theatre, such as setting, plot, and characterization.

“The Science of Song” touches upon the history of music from the first musical instrument 42,000 years ago, as well as an insider’s look behind centuries-old traditions and singing techniques.

“The Secret Life of Music” Experience history like never before with a course examining how music forever changed Western history.

“Give My Regards to Broadway” Musical Theater is as American as pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving, but did you know it was the British that first brought popular music to the stage in 1727?

“All that Jazz” Many call the 1920s the Jazz Age, but scholars have discovered jazz has roots going back 100 years earlier!

“Unsung Songstresses” explores women’s contributions and roles in music.

These 60-minute classes are customizable per the client’s needs: they can be lengthened or shortened.