Professional Development

Opera Ignite supports teachers in their understanding of the value and methodology of arts-integrated learning. Through either one-on-one support or in a group setting, teachers discover their ability to lead music, drama and movement experiences in the classroom. Professional development may occur as an ongoing part of a classroom residency or as a one-time session.


Dig Deep: Use the Arts to Unearth Hidden Treasures in a Book

Use the five “Dig Deep Actions” to create an immersive and memorable story time that invites children to deeply explore the setting, characters, details and themes of book. Discover music, drama, and movement strategies that strengthen comprehension, creativity and social-emotional skills. Learn how to foster child-directed explorations that will make it a story they’ll remember!


Prior to the four-session “An Opera is a Story” classroom residency, preschool teachers attend a professional development session to identify the arts strategies that will be modeled by the teaching artist throughout the workshops. Strategies include the use of musical instruments for classroom management, modeling character voices, exploring the full vocal range, teacher-in-role and leading creative movement in response to music. At the end of the residency, teachers are asked to develop a lesson plan of their own that demonstrates the use of one of the arts strategies they observed during the residency.

A Work of Art in the Classroom

Discover how a work of art can be a window to vast world of learning. Opera Ignite teaches educators how to dig deeply into a piece of music, theater or dance by asking rich open-ended questions, engaging students in art-making, exploring historical context and reflecting on their experience. Teacher help to develop a line of inquiry into the artwork based on specific curricular learning goals.