Magic Of Middle School Musicals

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Working on a musical is exciting for students, teachers, and the entire middle school community! As the first musical theater book especially written for middle school productions, The Magic of Middle School Musicals provides a step-by-step guide for success. Dr. Victor V. Bobetsky approaches planning and producing musicals in the context of a curricular unit of study and includes strategies for assessing student learning.
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Editorial Reviews

Nancy Shankman
Dr. Bobetsky's guide to planning and producing a middle school musical belongs in the library of every music, drama, and English teacher.
Anthony Mazzocchi
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.
Michael Lisi
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578868681
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Russell L. Robinson vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Select Your Show: Decide on a musical and obtain copyright permissions 1

2 Create a Unit of Study: Involve teachers from other disciplines 9

3 Arrange the Music for Middle School Voices: Create parts that everyone can sing 21

4 Auditioning and Casting Procedures: Determine students' singing and acting abilities. Learn about traditional and nontraditional casting 31

5 Involve Your Performing Groups: Strategies and procedures for teaching the music. How to involve the greatest possible number of music students 39

6 Organization, Scheduling, and Your Master Plan: Plan ahead for all activities leading up to rehearsals and performances. How to handle opening night 49

7 Acting, Stage and Tech Crew, and Choreography: How to work with actors and crew members, create simple choreography, and collaborate with colleagues 67

8 Scenery, Set Design and Construction, Costumes, Makeup, and Lighting: Collaborate with art and industrial arts teachers. Address safety issues and supervision of students 93

9 Student, Parent, and Schoolwide Involvement in Fundraising, Publicity, and Promotion: How to recruit, screen, and manage parent volunteers. Strategies for publicizing and promoting your show 107

10 Create an Original Musical: Writing songs and composing music with your students 117

11 Assess the Unit of Study: How to evaluate student achievement and the success of the program 123

References 153

About the Author 155

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