Colin Oliver leads this introduction to teaching Musical Theatre in the Drama Classroom.

In this course, you will learn how to build musical theatre into your dramatic courses of study. “Why might you want to that? Singing is scary! You want me to teach my students how to do it? I don’t even know how to do it.” This course approaches musical theatre preparation performance much as we would approach preparing a monologue in drama. If you use script analysis in monologue preparation in your class, you can teach musical theatre.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a great, full-body physical warm-up, a student-driven research assignment, character development exercises, a little bit of musical theory, and a performance assignment complete with assessment.

So, join us for teaching Musical Theatre in the Drama Classroom. It’s as easy as Do-Re-Mi!

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

7 Modules
1 hours, 51 minutes
4 Credit Hours

musical theatre

Course Outline

Module 0: Introduction 5:21
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Module 1: Full Body Vocal Warm-Up 19:24
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Module 2: Research and Character Creation 12:49
Module 3: Character Work and Textual Analysis 15:04
Module 4A: Music Theory Part 1 28:08
Module 4B: Music Theory Part 2 8:17
Module 5: Musical Theatre Performances 22:26

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Standards Addressed

Common Core


National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cn11.2.HSIII.a - Justify the creative choices made in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, based on a critical interpretation of specific data from theatre research.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.b - Synthesize ideas from research, script analysis, and context to create a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr3.1.HSII.b - Use research and script analysis to revise physical, vocal, and physiological choices impacting the believability and relevance of a drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cr3.1.HSI.b - Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.b - Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.b - Identify effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.c - Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 8

TH:Pr6.1.8.a - Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Pr6.1.7.a - Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr4.1.8.b - Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr4.1.7.b - Use various character objectives in a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


Adv.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Adv.TH:Cn11.2.a - Justify the creative choices made in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, based on a critical interpretation of specific data from research.

6.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr4.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

Prof.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr5.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

8.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

8.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted scene from a drama/theatre work for an audience.

7.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

67TH:Pr6 - Create through improvisation a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

Acc.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr5.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

8.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr5.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

8.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr4.b - Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle.

7.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

7.TH:Pr4.b - Use various character objectives in a drama/theatre work.

Florida Sunshine State Standards


Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - MUSICAL THEATRE III

TAHSMTIII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Identifies dramatic structure in a musical
b. Analyzes dramatic elements in a musical text or performance
c. Analyzes themes in a musical text or performance
d. Examines the function and relevance of characters in a musical
e. Examines the role of choreography in a performance
f. Determines the effectiveness of artistic choices in a performance

TAHSMTIII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Applies appropriate vocal technique for speaking and singing
b. Records blocking notation in a text for a performance
c. Analyzes and scores a text for musical performance
d. Contributes to the ensemble by exercising artistic discipline during rehearsal and performance
e. Demonstrates proficiency in vocal techniques: warm-ups to prepare the voice, diction, phrasing, pitch, articulation, breath control, vocal safety, injury-avoidance procedures, dialect, timing, and pacing
f. Demonstrates proficient physical techniques: warm-ups to prepare the body, relaxation techniques, centering, isolation of body parts, psychological gesture, neutral and character masks, and communicating meaning and characterization through body position and gesture.

TAHSMTIII.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Defines the role of a dramaturge
b. Analyzes a musical text for era specific language, music style, and other cultural characteristics
c. Investigates the careers of musical theatre collaborators and their influence on theatre
d. Creates and presents a research project directly related to a musical theatre performance

TAHSMTIII.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Masters and executes intermediate level dance steps
b. Demonstrates basic singing techniques
c. Combines dance, song, and text into an individual or group performance
d. Continues to develop skills in dance and vocal production vocal skills
e. Assumes leadership roles in the production of musical theatre
f. Masters sight-reading skills

Grade 9-12 - MUSICAL THEATRE II

TAHSMTII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Identifies dramatic structure in a musical
b. Analyzes dramatic elements in a musical text or performance
c. Analyzes themes in a musical text or performance
d. Explains how text, music, and movement can be used to advance the plot of a musical
e. Examines the use of musical motifs to set mood and establish character
f. Analyzes vocal elements in a musical for performance

TAHSMTII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Applies appropriate vocal technique for speaking and singing
b. Records blocking notation in a text for a performance
c. Analyzes and scores a text for musical performance
d. Creates and sustains character throughout a musical performance
e. Distinguishes between vocal ranges
f. Demonstrates vocal performance skills such as articulation, projection, volume, pitch, tone, and vocal placement

TAHSMTII.7 - Integrating various art forms, other content areas, and life experiences to create theatre
a. Masters and executes basic dance steps
b. Demonstrates basic singing techniques
c. Combines dance, song, and text into an individual or group performance
d. Explores the influence of the musical score on plot and character development
e. Analyzes music to recognize performance cues
f. Draws upon personal experiences to create dramatic characters and works
g. Demonstrates sight-reading skills

TAHSMTII.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Traces the historical development of musical theatre
b. Interprets how societal conditions influence the creation of a musical
c. Connects the theme/s in a musical to contemporary society and to the broader human experience
d. Analyzes the lives, works, and influences of major musical theatre figures in various cultures and historical periods
e. Examines the role and influence of musical theatre and musical media in modern society
f. Appraises and compares current trends in musical theatre styles

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


North Carolina Essential Standards


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts


MS 117.211 LI - Creative Expression: performance

C.2.A - demonstrate safe use of the voice and body.

MS 117.211 LI - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.A - identify and apply audience etiquette at all performances.

HS 117.316 LII - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.C - offer and receive constructive criticism of peer performances.

HS 117.315 LI - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.C - offer and receive constructive criticism of peer performances.

Alberta, Canada


Theatre Studies Level III - Advanced (The script)

8 - demonstrate understanding of directions used in a script

British Columbia - 2018 (latest)


GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Reasoning and reflecting

Receive, offer, and apply constructive feedback

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Connecting and expanding

Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the audience

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

British Columbia, Canada