Home Education Programmes for primary and secondary schools

Programmes for Primary and Secondary Schools

NAC Arts Education Programme




Programme Learning Objectives   Outline of Programme
Learning Chinese Opera the Fun Way

The programme aims to indulge students to the vast knowledge in this traditional arts form by deploying a relaxed and inspiring style of teaching.



Learning Chinese Opera the Fun Way is a workshop designed to provide basic knowledge in Chinese opera for students of all grades. Using stories and videos, students will learn the different variable elements. They will then be able to have deeper understanding about Chinese culture.

Learning Chinese Opera Face to Face

The programme aims to give students special experience of Chinese Opera through lectures and videos. 



This workshop is designed to provide basic training in singing and movement in Chinese opera for students of all levels.Using examples of some well-known classics, students will learn the songs and movements from these operas. They will then be able to understand the symbolic meanings behind the gestures.

Visit to the Chinese Opera Institute The programme aims to give participants a look at how the Institute operates and how to coordinate   different departments during the rehearsal time.  It provides the students a real-life learning experience out of classroom.  


Students will be led on a tour of the Chinese Opera Institute by our veteran artistes. They will be shown the working of the Chinese opera performance. The Institute's artistes will teach the visiting students Chinese opera songs and movements. Also, They will learn some knowledge of costumes from our artistes. The specifics of what will be taught will be tailored to the demographics of the visiting students.

The World of Chinese Opera

This programme aims to give students an introduction to the various elements which make up Chinese opera. The young of today hardly have any opportunity to watch Chinese opera much less the chance to learn about how to appreciate the art form. This programme hopes to stir up interest in Chinese opera amongst the young by engaging their curiosities.



This programme will introduce students to the unique ways of integrating music, dance, acting techniques, and other stage elements into a holistic theatre. Its various role types and costume designs are unique. In this programme, how the various elements are integrated in Chinese opera will be explained and demonstrated with vivid examples. Professional artistes will also present a 10-15 minutes excerpt which includes display of acrobatic movements and stylized acting. Students will be invited to go onstage to join in the exercises such as stylized movements of the various role types, thereby enhancing their appreciation of this precious art form through a first-hand experience.

Colorful Chinese Opera Costumes

This programme will introduce to younger students what Chinese opera is about by exploring the art form from different perspectives.
The programme aims to allow young students to understand Chinese opera through and beyond its colorful costumes and beautiful makeup. It is above all a richly endowed performing art.



This programme will bring students on an exploration of Chinese opera through its rich and artistic embroidery costumes.
The session will discuss the fundamentals of Chinese opera as a form of the performing arts; the use of costumes for different roles and characters as well as the meaning in the costumes.
Students will also be introduced to the five types of Chinese opera costumes, namely
kao – the warrior’s costume
zhe – a long gown most commonly used in Chinese opera
mang – costume for the noble
pei – costume for the middle-class
yi – a category for other costumes that were not categorized.

Monkey King And the White Bone Demons


This programme aims to showcase Chinese opera through a story that allows easy comprehension and which resonates with students. Besides introducing students to the richness of this art form, the plot teaches students to be aware of deceit and the importance of differentiating between right and wrong. 


Many opera scripts are derived from famous classical works. The adaptation of the famous battle between the Monkey King and the White Bone demons will not only introduce the students to a traditional art form but also a well-known Ming dynasty novel called "Journey to the West".

Beijing Opera - Capturing Qin Ming


The programme aims to demonstrate to students the rich and brilliant story line and vivid performing skills through the short excerpt. Students will be inspired with the high level of performing skills which would cross the barrier of language boundary. The understanding of this traditional arts form hopes to lead students to further explore the vast treasure embedded in the ocean of traditional Chinese culture.


Capturing Qin Ming is drawn from one of four great classics in China - Water Margins. Water Margins is the first novel in colloquial language in China.

Teasing Lady Peony

This programme aims to supplement cultural education and foster students' traditional values and moral judgement. The programme shall enhance student's ability of appreciate traditional art form and also improves their awareness interns of cultural intrinsic values and personal qualities.



《Teasing Lady Peony》 is one of seventy two traditional Huangmei Opera plays. Mr Bai Yun Long and her daughter Bai Mu Dan operate a medicine shop write a sign board claiming possessing all medicines.  One of the eight immortals Lu Dong Bin passed by the shop and noted the signboard. He challenged Father and daughter claiming that he will be able to name some medicines which were not available.
The play shows how the lady peony is able to cleverly counter all ridiculous harassment from Lu Dong Bin.

The River Xiao Shang

This programme aims to showcase Chinese opera through a selected excerpt which depicts high artistic level. Students will learn to appreciate the traditional arts form of Chinese opera with such highly skilled programme. 



Has drawn its materials from the bibliography of the famous general Yue Fei in the Song dynasty. The story also was written in the novel The Legend of Yue Fei, chapter 53.
In Song Dynasty, the soldiers of the Jin empire attacked Song, General Yue Fei receive imperial decree to lead soldier to fight against the Jin soldiers. He asked his subordinate Yang Zaixing to counter the enemy. Yang Zai Xing was chasing the enemy till they reached the river of Xiao Shang. They were trapped by the heavy snow and he was stuck by the ice in the river.  Yang was eventually killed by enemy.

The Lady Scholar

Everyone likes to appreciate arts and its related values. This programme aims to lead students in entering the fascinated world of Chinese opera. Through the appreciation of the performances. Student will be inspired by the nice story, beautiful singing and professional performance.



The Lady Scholar is one of famous classical Huangmei Opera script. The story describes how a lady named Feng Suzhen who had impersonated into a male scholar trying to save her husband from prison.She sat for the Emperies exam and was graded the first scholar (Zhuang Yuan). The emperor was unaware of her real gender and wanted to marry the princess to her. Interesting plot thus develops from there.

*We have been accepted by National Arts Council (NAC) to be part of the NAC-AEP. Schools are able to apply for Tote Bord funding up to 50% subsidy for our programmes.