19 January 2012 at 12.43pm | Comment on this article
Write an Opera equips teachers with the skills, resources and knowledge to support students' learning across the curriculum through the arts and creativity. It has proved popular with teachers in the UK and overseas.
The programme takes the form of a week-long residential course (11-18 August 2012) in Dartington, which is lead by a team of professional artists with extensive arts educational experience. Throughout the week, the teachers create an original opera, learning skills and techniques including set design, composition and libretto writing. Participants also focus on ways to engage their own students in every aspect of devising and staging an opera, from the text to marketing and box office.
After the residential course, the teachers return to school armed with the skills and resources to create an opera with their students over the academic year. The process can be adapted to suit the school and student's needs, and in the past operas have been successfully created in Primary, Secondary and Special schools across the UK.
"I've felt inspired and enthused to take this process back to school. The support from the tutors has been outstanding and I've learnt a lot!"
- Amy Paterson, Pool Hayes Arts and Community School, West Midlands
"I knew it would be a very creative experience but my expectations were exceeded. Because I learnt a lot about teaching too."
- Michelle Hepworth, Jubilee Primary School, London
Applications are now open to any teacher from Primary, Secondary and Special schools. Find out more information and apply.