Advanced Opera Creation:
A Professional Development Intensive for Educators
Open to those who are trained in Music! Words! Opera! AND participating teachers who actively engage in the opera creation curriculum with their class.
July 31 – August 4 | 2017
9am – 4pm
Location: The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Dive deep into how to facilitate the opera creation process more effectively with your students, and learn new tools and techniques that support your existing teaching practice using the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. Crafted specifically based on your feedback, sessions focus on:
- Differentiated Learning to engage all students
- Arts Integration into Core Content areas
- Additional tools in how to facilitate musical composition and dramatic storytelling so that all students have ownership and pride in their opera!
Sessions also include building an inclusive opera company in your classroom, STEAM lessons, and social and emotional learning.
After invigorating morning sessions with Master Teaching Artists, educator-participants have the opportunity to apply their new skills immediately! Each afternoon, we will welcome a group of elementary-aged students for a week-long creative opera project, providing a practicum and hands-on teaching experience for educators, plus real-time coaching from our Master Teaching Artists.
Registration and Materials Fee: $100 per educator
Professional Development Points available.
Questions? Call 617.542.4912 x2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This has been one of the most delightful, engaging, and fun summer experiences I have had in many years. Bravo!”—Teacher Participant
Priscilla Sanville, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in schools and community organizations including working as an elementary educator and a drama/theatre district specialist. Priscilla’s career has focused on supporting educators in offering the highest quality arts education to children and adults. She is a Professor Emerita at Lesley University. Learn More »
Joel Esher is a composer, teaching artist, and music director. This spring, Joel premiered PharmaBro: An American Douchical!, a new musical Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre. He is also a master teaching artist at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, where he regularly facilitates professional development for teachers and artists. Learn More »
Daniel H. Jentzen is a lighting designer and educator. He has created lighting for over 500 plays, musicals, concerts, and special events. Daniel is on faculty in the Theater Department at Boston Arts Academy and is the Founder and Executive Director of Brighter Boston, a creative youth development non-profit that trains, mentors, and employs Boston public high school youth. Learn More »
Raymond Reyes is a freelance theater carpenter and stagehand. Based primarily with the American Repertory Theater, he has worked for companies and houses in Boston and New York City including Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, 2nd Stage, New York Theater Workshop, Theater for a New Audience, and many more. Learn More »
The Create Your Own Opera Partnership Program supports teachers implementing the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum in their classroom. Teachers deepen their practice and gain confidence to integrate the arts into daily curricula through this year-long partnership. BLO Resident Teaching Artists complement each teacher’s strengths by working directly with students, to bring expertise in music, theater, and other performing arts into the classroom. BLO’s Partnership has a dual focus:
- Supporting teaching teams through year-long arts professional development, and
- Sending BLO Resident Teaching Artists to join teachers in the classroom through a dynamic co-teaching model.
Student In-School Engagement*
- Autumn: Introductory Classroom Visit with BLO Resident Teaching Artist.
- Winter: Artist Classroom Visit: BLO professional singers and Resident Teaching Artist present an interactive performance-based introduction to opera.
- Spring: Opera Residencies: BLO Resident Teaching Artists support Partnership Teachers with a series of up to 10 visits to implement the M!W!O! curriculum, guiding students through the opera creation process.
- Late Spring: Final Performances! School communities celebrate the work that partnership classrooms have accomplished in creating their own operas. BLO provides opportunities to share with peers from other partnership schools.
“It took me out of my comfort zone and was a good learning experience.” –Student Participant
Teacher Professional Development*
- Late Summer: M!W!O! Teacher Professional Development. Required for teachers new to the curriculum.
- Autumn: Attendance at a design presentation of an upcoming BLO production followed by a debrief connecting it to the curriculum.
- Autumn: One-on-One Consultations with BLO Resident Teaching Artist.
- Winter: Professional Development Saturday Workshop: BLO Resident Teaching Artists present arts-integrated lessons and plan for the Create Your Own Opera process.
- Spring: Attend a rehearsal of one of BLO’s upcoming productions followed by a debrief connecting it to the curriculum.
- Spring: One-on-One Consultations with BLO Resident Teaching Artist.
- Year-round: Access to teacher resources from the BLO Education Department.
* Partnership Activities subject to change to meet the needs of current partners.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Kirk, Manager of Education Programs, at email@example.com or 617.542.4912 x2400.
Introduce your students to opera as a story-telling art through our Artist Classroom Visit, an interactive performance available for grades 2-12. Learn how we bring the story of Hansel and Gretel to life through music, acting, and movement. In this dynamic, one-hour presentation, students learn opera vocabulary and musical motifs. Two professional singers, a pianist, and a teaching artist engage audiences in this interactive introduction to opera through a one-hour retelling of the Brothers Grimm classic fairytale.
Artist Classroom Visits are currently offered in January and February and used to introduce opera to students engaging in our year-long Create Your Own Opera Partnership. For more information, please contact Rebecca Kirk, Manager of Education Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.542.4912 x2400.