Academy of Music Launches Teacher-Education Programs - ACADEMY OF MUSIC

NORTHAMPTON — The Academy of Music is launching a new, 15-hour teacher-education workshop taking place July 17-21 at the historic theater in Northampton.

In an effort to expand the theater’s successful youth programming efforts into teacher education and professional development, starting this July, a new Arts Integration Workshop will offer opportunities for teachers to think, plan, test, revise, and create curriculum for the classroom infused with the arts as the drive for content across all subject areas. The Academy of Music is a certified professional-development provider with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The workshop will look at arts integration from a teacher and/or director’s perspective: how the work is organized, the purpose of the activity, and how to create standards-based activities that integrate theater, movement, and music into the classroom. Additionally, teachers from grades K-6 will use activities with the elementary-age children in the theater’s summer youth workshops. Participants will be onstage, putting lessons into action.

Daytime hours offer self-guided visits to area museums to experience and immerse educators in the arts possibilities for their classrooms. Additional planning time and spaces are available throughout downtown Northampton. The cost for the week is $600, which includes all materials and supplies. Additional time is available for visits to schools to support programs and productions.

E-mail questions to Education Director Martha Potyrala at