MUSIC! WORDS! OPERA! RESIDENCY (Grades K-12) girl quartet southmoor 2017

“The experience of building an opera and performing it was life changing for many of my fifth grade students.” – Music Teacher, Southmoor Elementary, Denver

Nothing jumpstarts kids’ creative juices like the opportunity to write and perform their own musical story. The process of researching/scripting a story and writing/composing lyrics and music develops problem-solving and team skills while providing practical applications of core disciplines like math, reading/writing and social studies. Experienced teaching artists are available to assist in applying methods from Opera America’s Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. Teachers must participate in our Music! Words! Opera! Workshop in order to qualify for this program.

  • Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade
  • Personnel varies
  • Length varies according to program and needs of classroom
  • Cost varies
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Varies — Resources and related lesson plans available online
  • Available year round — Scholarships available

TEACHING ARTIST SESSIONS (Grades K-12)

My students are always so highly energized after your workshop! They work harder, they are more focused, and they sing better. I want this on my school calendar annually!” – Choral Director, Estes Park High School

Producing opera requires knowledge and experience from many different fields. Call on Central City Opera’s Teaching Artists to help augment your curriculum in STEM subjects, music, dance, theater and world languages. Students gain confidence and technique in workshops or master classes in singing, instrumental music, composition, stagecraft, movement or any other related activity. Master classes can include a short performance by artists followed by individual or group coaching.

Two popular STEM workshops are Science of Singing (led by a Doctor of Singing) where students watch and experience how sound waves and harmonics are produced and manipulated by the human voice and Cooking and Fractions (led by a CCO orchestra musician who is a chef) where students apply various math techniques to recipes and discover how bodies are instruments that need to be fueled.

  • Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade
  • Personnel varies
  • Length varies according to program and needs of classroom
  • Cost varies
  • Colorado Academic Standards: Varies — Resources and related lesson plans available online
  • Available year round — Scholarships available

THE SONG IS YOU
Songwriting Workshop for Teens (Grades 7-12) 

July 23-25, 2018
Register by April 1, 2018

Ignite your creativity in a three-day workshop with published composer and Central City Opera teaching artist Roger Ames, culminating in a performance of your newly-composed songs. Learn the ins and outs and ups and downs about writing all kinds of songs – how to structure lyrical ideas, find patterns and form in your melodies, analyze and assess your progress, and make the most of your ideas. Come with your talent, curiosity, and any instrument you play or sing. No keyboard or instrumental skills are required, but some musical background on an instrument or with your voice will help you along. Bring your ideas and wear your emotions on your sleeve – and we’ll help you bring them to life in song.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the workshop.

You may also want to check out our Summer Festival Family Matinee and year-round  family-friendly events.

To request a program, contact us at 303-331-7026,  education@centralcityopera.org or through our online form.