Working on a musical is exciting for students, teachers, and the entire middle school community! As the first musical theater book especially for middle school productions, The Magic of Middle School Musicals provides a step-by-step guide for success. Bobetsky approaches planning and producing musicals in the context of a curricular unit of study and includes strategies for assessing student learning. Dr. Victor V. Bobetsky, a former New York City middle school music teacher, begins with advice on how to select a musical, obtain copyright permission, and arrange the music for middle school voices. He discusses strategies for teaching the music in the choral classroom, auditioning, casting, and rehearsal procedures. Practical suggestions show directors how to work with student actors, create choreography, and manage scenery, set design, costumes, lighting, and more. The Magic of Middle School Musicals gives music teachers the information and confidence they need to artistically adapt musicals from the American repertoire to the middle school level so that teachers, students, and audiences can experience and enjoy this unique, familiar, and musically expressive genre!
Dr. Bobetsky's guide to planning and producing a middle school musical belongs in the library of every music, drama, and English teacher.
Victor Bobetsky has written an incredibly important book about producing a musical in your school. In an age of budget cuts, scheduling challenges, advocacy issues, and lack of teachers, he lays out clear and concise strategies for every director to succeed at producing a musical the first time through.
Don L. Collins
Dr. Bobetsky's understanding of middle school singers with unchanged and changing voices enables him to offer important pointers to assist teachers when choosing and writing music for their students.
Dr. Bobetsky provides a fresh approach to curriculum integration without compromising the core elements of music or arts education. This comprehensive, standards-based resource provides a wealth of ideas that are practical and easy to implement regardless of your program's size or scope.
Victor V. Bobetsky is the Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music and Associate Professor of Music Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Bobetsky began his career in music education as a middle school choral director in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked with colleagues in other subject areas to produce the annual spring musical. His choral arrangements for middle school voices are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Cambiata Press, GIA Publications, and Musica Russica.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Select Your Show Chapter 3 Create a Unit of Study Chapter 4 Arrange the Music for Middle School Voices Chapter 5 Auditioning and Casting Procedures Chapter 6 Involve Your Performing Groups Chapter 7 Organization, Scheduling, and Your Master Plan Chapter 8 Acting, Stage and Tech Crew, and Choreography Chapter 9 Scenery, Set Design and Construction, Costumes, Makeup, and Lighting Chapter 10 Student, Parent, and Schoolwide Involvement, Fundraising, Publicity, and Promotion Chapter 11 Create an Original Musical Chapter 12 Assess the Unit of Study