Building a Musical Theatre Program: A Standards Driven Curriculum for High School Educators

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Buchanan, Emilee J
Western Washington University
Musical theater--Instruction and study--Curricula; Acting in musical theater--Instruction and study--Curricula; Acting in musical theater--Study and teaching (Secondary); Music--Study and teaching (Secondary); Drama in education; Music in education; Dance in education; Curriculum planning--Handbooks; manuals; etc.; Music; masters theses
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The purpose of this project was to develop a standards driven curriculum in Musical Theatre for High School students. This curriculum was constructed with high school arts educators in mind. It is designed to be flexible and can change depending on the students, experience level of the teacher, available budget or time frame. This project is open ended and can be used in a variety of ways. It is primarily a toolbox of resources and tips on how to improve an already existing program or start a new program from the ground up.The standards that were used throughout this project were a set of standards synthesized by Washington State. They brought together the National Core Art Standards with the 1994 Washington State standards. The standards are used within a specific curriculum framework. The framework used through the project is based on McTighe’s Backwards Design curricular framework. Included in this project is sample lessons, calendars, timelines, and the curriculum overview.