Education and Community Engagement
Education and Community
Music Words Opera Logo Music! Words! Opera! Workshop
Professional Development for Educators

July 2015* (5 days TBA, Monday-Friday)
University of Colorado, Boulder

Workshop fee: $99
CU graduate credit fee: Add $180
(3 credits)
Subject to change

Explore new worlds and unleash your creativity at Central City Opera's annual professional development workshop. Master teaching artists will guide you through a process you can replicate and adapt with your own students (grades K-12). You will use opera to enhance core subjects while developing 21st century skills - communication, collaboration and creative thinking. Get ready to help students discover the magical connections between language arts, social studies, science, mathematics and fine arts though musical storytelling.

Our acclaimed summer workshop is open to all educators - elementary classroom teacher to high school language arts teacher or music specialist, and is particularly effective for teaching teams.

*This program is now offered alternate years; the next workshop will take place in July of 2015. Please let us know your interest by pre-registering and we'll keep you informed as details are finalized. 

Music! Words! Opera! 2015 Brochure (pdf)

Music Words Opera Teachers in Three pigs opera  INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
  • 3 CU 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 an opera in Central City Opera's 2015 Festival (to be announced).
  • Tickets to a performance of the same opera at the Central City Opera House are available for a small fee, and are required of participants seeking graduate credits. (Opera attendance date will be on a specific date to be announced, unless otherwise arranged.)
  • Central City Opera is committed to assist with the implementation of this program with your students 
  • A week of some of the best fun you've ever had!

Please see the registration links below.

"I've been teaching for years and this is one of the best professional development workshops ever.  I think young teachers in particular can learn more practical applications in one week than in all their college methods classes."
-Mark Clark, Music Specialist, Summit County 
Register Online
Please complete our online registration form.

This link will open a new window in your browser. When you are finished, return to this webpage to pay online and/or register for optional graduate credits.
Pay Online through Paypal (Workshop Only)
When finished with your online registration (see above), click the button below to pay via Paypal. You do NOT need to have or use a Paypal account; simply choose the "Guest" option and enter your credit card information when prompted.


If you have any questions, please email Deb Morrow, Director of Education & Community Engagement.
Pay by Check (Workshop Only)
To pay by check, download the 2015 Workshop Registration (pdf) then mail a check for $99, payable to Central City Opera to:

Deborah Morrow, Director of Education
Central City Opera
400 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 530
Denver, CO 80246

If you wish to enroll in graduate credit, please see the separate registration form linked in the next webpage section.

If you have any questions, please email Deb Morrow.
Register for Graduate Credit (optional)
Registration for the graduate credit portion of the Music! Words! Opera! Workshop is handled through the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The 2015 Graduate Credit Registration form is not available yet. If you have expressed interest in obtaining credit, we will notify you when the form is ready.
About the Curriculum
The Music! Words! Opera! curriculum was developed by respected educators who believe that all people are inherently creative and that students deserve the opportunity to experience creative learning. Opera is an art of collaboration from inception through production; an excellent model for collaborative teaching and learning that also lends itself to creating a balance between academic and experiential learning. Interdisciplinary links can be forged among areas such as history, literature, social sciences, arts and math, inspiring creative and critical thinking. Students are also challenged to think beyond speaking and writing to discover new and larger ways of expressing themselves - through words, music, dramatic expression and visual arts.