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Professional Development for Opera Educators
Opera Companies Offering Programs for K–12 Teachers

Los Angeles Opera: Opera for Educators
LA Opera's award-winning Opera for Educators series explores opera from an interdisciplinary point of view. Available for Salary Point Credit.

Opera Parallèle: Engage-in-Opera
This program connects Opera Parallèle’s mainstage production with standard classroom curriculum through an interactive workshop.

San Francisco Opera: ARIA Professional Development for Educators Course
San Francisco Opera recognizes that many educators value having access to resources and knowledge in order to bring opera into their classroom. SFO offers K–18 educators a series of professional development sessions aimed at providing tools to connect the study of opera to their classroom curricula and syllabi.

Manitoba Opera: Manitoba Music Conference
Manitoba Opera offers various opera lectures relating to music and themes of each opera in its season, as well as Opera Primer lectures (hour-long presentations exploring plot, characters and music of operas).

Central City Opera: Professional Development for Educators
(The next workshop will take place in July of 2017)
The workshop includes three Colorado University graduate credits (optional; additional fee applies), hands-on experience creating an original opera, lesson plans and instruction in how to implement a project with students, study materials for La traviata in Central City Opera’s 2015 festival, and more.

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Lyric Unlimited is collaborating with Lincoln Park Zoo to present a professional development workshop to help teachers prepare their students to get the most out of the new opera Second Nature by Matthew Aucoin. Three ISBE professional development credits available.

Boston Lyric Opera: Music! Words! Opera!
Boston Lyric Opera presents its fifth season of Music! Words! Opera! In the 2015–2016 season, participating schools will study Madama Butterfly and apply what they learn to the creation of original operas in their classrooms. Teachers who participate in the summer workshop are invited to join Boston Lyric Opera’s Teacher Coalition. These teachers will reconnect throughout the school year to exchange ideas, engage in professional development opportunities and create their own classroom operas with students.

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The Santa Fe Opera: ALTO (Active Learning Through Opera)
In multi-week residencies, teaching artists from The Santa Fe Opera collaborate with classroom teachers to engage students in the experience of being composers, librettists, singers, dancers, actors or visual artists.

Pittsburgh Opera: Workshops for Educators
Pittsburg Opera provides unique professional development opportunities that address Pennsylvania Academic Standards in all content areas. Earn Act 48 hours while you explore the historical, cultural and societal circumstances of an opera's creation!

The Dallas Opera: Professional Development Teacher Training
Teacher Training Sessions are designed to equip teachers of all disciplines with the tools needed to incorporate the interdisciplinary, TEKs-aligned curriculum into the classroom when preparing students for their opera experiences.

Houston Grand Opera: Professional Development Workshops
Houston Grand Opera is pleased to offer professional development workshops for educators, designed to help you and your students connect with opera in exciting ways. Join the company for dinner, an in-depth opera preview and discussion. As a bonus, you will earn TEA Continuing Education hours by attending.

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera: Teachers in the House
Teachers who attend Utah Opera performances can earn four relicensure points by signing in an hour before curtain at Patron Services, attending the Prelude lecture and then enjoying the performance. Teachers who attend Utah Symphony performances can earn three relicensure points by signing in an hour before the beginning of Masterwork concerts at the Youth Guild Coat Check, attending the preconcert lecture and then enjoying the concert.

Seattle Opera: Opera Time
Over the course of a 12-visit residency, students create their own original musical story integrating various subject areas. The theme is chosen by the classroom teacher, and the topic is motivated by the students’ interests. This process is guided by a team of teaching artists: a librettist to guide the story creation; a composer to guide the music creation; and a stage director to guide the students in presenting their story to friends and family.
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