Elementary Children's Music Theater Workshop

Elementary Children’s Music Theater WORKSHOP

America’s Story


American history is the theme as students learn and prepare for musical dramatizations of the stories of memorable people: Pocahontas, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Alva Edison.  Through drama classes, music lessons, and history reading and projects, students’ knowledge of American History will be enriched and deepened.   The weekly classes will provide 3 sections, each 45 minutes long.   At the end of each quarter, a musical play will be produced for parents that features the learning students have done on a specific historic American. 


9:00 - 9:45   Music

Students will learn the melodies, lyrics, and instruments that enrich the studies of the different eras of America’s story. Each era’s music will be performed to accompany the program presented at the end of the quarter.

9:45 – 10:30  History/Culture Study 

Weekly, the history workshop will include enriching stories and activities to enhance students’ understanding of the culture and time period of America’s past.

10:45 – 11:30  Drama

Students will work their way through the practice and rehearsal of the skits, plays and productions prepared for presentation to parents.  Each quarter, the class will focus on a different individual from America’s story.


The 2017-2018 YEAR AT A GLANCE

Quarter 1: Meet a New Continent

The early stages of America’s story introduced the colonists to new lands and people, such as the Native Americans.  Pocahontas  became an important figure as she met and helped the new arrivals begin to live successfully in their new home. 

Quarter 2: An Idea for Government

Benjamin Franklin was a colorful figure from America’s past.  Not only was he a writer, printer and inventor, he was also one of the architects of America’s new government. 

Quarter 3: Spotlight on the Underground Railroad

Great characters emerged from the nation’s most grave trial of the 1860’s.  The vision and courage of Harriet Tubman will be featured during the program preparation of the 3rd quarter. 


Known as a "wizard" and a “genius,” even though he struggled in school, Alva Edison’s excellent work ethic brought about inventions that literally changed the fabric of this mending nation. Edison knew that having a good idea was not enough; It takes hard work to make dreams become reality.

April Thome, Tracy Christianson, Katie Meinzinger
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