Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap

The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts™ is an internationally respected program that provides innovative arts-based teaching strategies and services to early childhood teachers, caregivers, parents, and their children from 0 to 5 through the disciplines of drama, music, and movement.

The Wolf Trap Institute employs professional artists with experience in working with children. Their specialties include creative dramatics, storytelling, puppetry, instrumental and vocal music, dance, and movement. New artists participate in a comprehensive Wolf Trap training program, and all artists participate in continuing in-service training. Master Teaching Artists regularly conduct teacher and parent training workshops and classroom residencies for early childhood educators nationwide.

Classroom residencies and other collaborations between performing artists and early childhood professionals serve to:

  • enrich and motivate the teacher’s professional development;
  • engage young children in active, creative learning experiences;
  • energize efforts to bring parents and caregivers together into the classroom; and
  • enliven the classroom environment.

As Wolf Trap Institute activities are woven into the curriculum, the arts become a new way of teaching, learning, and knowing.




  227 W. Trade St., Ste. 250, Charlotte, NC 28202




1 Week Residency

Program description

This program is not available for additional bookings.

Goal: The goal of the Wolf Trap Institute Residency is to provide professional development for classroom teachers while helping children learn through active participation in developmentally appropriate arts-infused experiences. Teachers will learn how to integrate performing arts-based experiences into young children’s daily learning that enhance and support early childhood curriculum standards and critical developmental skills including emergent literacy, problem solving, receptive and expressive language, motor skills and self-regulation, science and math, conceptualization and creativity, self-esteem and socialization and provides a solid foundation for all future learning.

The Wolf Trap Teaching Artist will:

  • Establish working partnerships with early childhood educators by using the coaching model.
    • The coaching model: Teaching Artists ask and learn about the classroom teachers’ comfort level with the performing arts, their curriculum, and specific classroom/child needs. Effective coaching includes setting an appropriate and achievable teacher objective for the residency and identifying clear benchmarks to measure progress and success in teaching performing arts-based strategies.
  • Demonstrate a limited number of performing arts-based strategies that are used throughout the residency.
  • Actively involve the classroom teacher in each session as a participant so that the professional development arts objective can be practiced.
  • Provide teachers the tools to adapt the strategies to their needs. Conduct detailed debrief sessions with the classroom teacher to modify/adapt/extend residency sessions as needed.
  • Provide active participation for children using developmentally appropriate performing arts integrated strategies.
  • Incorporate emergent literacy skills into the lesson planning and assist the classroom teacher in identifying which performing arts-based strategies support emergent literacy skills and other early childhood developmental domains.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kathryn Bentley



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling
Cultural Origin: Multicultural
Program type: Professional Development
Population served: Grade 1, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Dance, Literacy, Math, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

10/1/19 – 2/7/2020

Available times:

to be determined by participating teacher and teaching artist

Length of program: 45 minutes/5 in one week

at participating school, in the classroom(s)

Fees / Ticketing:

For Mecklenburg County Schools: $900 for one classroom; $1200 for two classrooms at same school; $1500 for three classrooms at same school; and $1800 for four classrooms at same school
For surrounding counties: there will be an additional travel fee based on location. Contact Kathryn for more details.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

SL6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

NC Essential Standards:

From the NC Theatre Arts Essential Standards

K.C.1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.

K.C.2 Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.

K.A.1 Analyze literary texts and performances.

Specifically: K.A.1.1 Recall the basic parts of a story, such as characters, setting, and events.

1.CU.2 Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form.

Specifically 1.CU.2.1 Understand how to use appropriate behavior as an audience member.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes