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Yet another YouTube lesson

Posted on: September 30, 2016

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Amira Willighagen has an amazing talent for singing opera. What might be even more amazing is her claim that she taught herself how to do this by watching YouTube videos.

The video above was recorded when she was 11-years-old. Before that, she won Holland’s Got Talent in 2013. [performance] [result]

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When she was nine, she was already an accomplished performer on stage in front of 10,000 people. How did she learn that?

There might be some things she could learn from videos by mimicking and practising. There are others that videos alone cannot nurture. However, there is something that drives both. Amira put it plainly:

The important thing to sing opera is that you like it, because if you don’t like it, then it’s not fun.

The same could be said with learning any other skill or content.

Fun does not mean easy. Singing opera well alone, during a contest, or in front of 10,000 people is not easy. Like many worthwhile things in life, it is difficult. But difficult does not have to mean miserable.

Learning can and should be fun. Kids might be engaged with fun, but they should be empowered with finding solutions to difficult yet meaningful fun. Amira’s effort is an extreme example of the latter.

Can teachers learn to have and design fun? Or is this too difficult? Would they like a video series on how to do this?

Side note: If there is suspicion that Amira is actually a really youthful 47-year-old soprano, watch the video to the end where she shares her thoughts about chocolate cake and ends her singing with a priceless facial expression.

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