Music! Words! Opera! Workshop

Professional Development for Educators

July 15-19, 2019 (Monday through Friday)

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Applewood Valley United Methodist Church in Golden, CO

Workshop fee: $200
Three (3) optional graduate credits available from CU-Boulder for an additional $240

Want to incorporate songwriting into your curriculum but not sure how? Do you yearn for your students to make deeper connections with the material while building teamwork skills? Learn all this and unleash your own creativity at Central City Opera’s annual professional development workshop. Master teaching artists will guide you through a writing and composition process that you can replicate and adapt with your own students (grades K-12). You will use opera and composition 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.


  • Three (3) graduate credits from CU-Boulder (optional, $240. Download the form at the bottom of this page.)
  • Music! Words! Opera! methods textbook
  • Lesson plans and instruction in how to implement a project with students
  • Hands-on experience creating an original opera
  • Study materials for Madama Butterfly from the 2019 Central City Opera Festival
  • Tickets to a performance of Madama Butterfly at the Central City Opera House are available for a small fee and are required of participants seeking professional development credits (optional for non-credit participants)
  • Central City Opera is committed to assist with the implementation of this program with your students
  • Five days of some of the best fun you’ve ever had!

Please see the registration links below. 

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.

Register Online

Complete our Online Registration form now. You will have the option to submit payment by check or online via PayPal to Central City Opera. To pay by check and register by mail, download the Music! Words! Opera! 2019 Workshop Registration form and follow the instructions.

Register for Graduate Credits (optional)

Download the CU-Boulder Credit Registration Form. You will submit the form and payment directly to the University of Colorado-Boulder.


“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

“My 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students presented their original musical, Candy Land!, last Thursday night and Friday morning. Truly, this was received as one of the best musicals that our school has ever produced.  There was a tremendous amount of positive feedback from students, families, and faculty. The head of the school said that in all of his years as a head, it was one of his proudest moments to be involved with. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended the Central City Opera workshop two summers ago and learn about Music! Words! Opera! Based on the feedback from the BCD school community, this will be an annual part of our school’s curriculum. Thank you for sharing such an impactful program!”

-Ryan Parker, Music Teacher, Boulder Country Day School