Presenter Information

Chris YoungFollow

Location

Sydnor Performance Hall

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 11:15 AM

Department

Music

Abstract

Over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, musical theater experienced many advancements and changes from its origins such as Show Boat (1927), Into the Woods (1986), and Hamilton (2016). Teachers can use themes from Hamilton and other Broadway shows today to create a lesson plan that utilizes simple melody and rhyme scheme to teach students about musical theater.

With the intent of improving music pedagogy, the purpose of this research was to teach methods of Musical Theater into the classroom. The particular problems of this study were to: (1) trace the creation of American Broadway Theatre; (2) explore the 20th century expansion; (3) examine audience effect; and (4) analysis influences on musical theater.

The creation of Broadway Theater began with Vaudeville shows. Broadway expanded in the 20th century because of new genres of the form and shifting markets. Piano scores from Broadway shows were sold and music was played over the radio. Musical theater has influenced popular culture through song and has advanced standards of acting. Broadway theater has had a dramatic effect on American culture, to further delve into its affects, further research can be done through scholarly articles, journals, websites and textbooks.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey

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Apr 4th, 11:15 AM

The Influence of Musical Theater and How to Incorporate it in the Classroom

Sydnor Performance Hall

Over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, musical theater experienced many advancements and changes from its origins such as Show Boat (1927), Into the Woods (1986), and Hamilton (2016). Teachers can use themes from Hamilton and other Broadway shows today to create a lesson plan that utilizes simple melody and rhyme scheme to teach students about musical theater.

With the intent of improving music pedagogy, the purpose of this research was to teach methods of Musical Theater into the classroom. The particular problems of this study were to: (1) trace the creation of American Broadway Theatre; (2) explore the 20th century expansion; (3) examine audience effect; and (4) analysis influences on musical theater.

The creation of Broadway Theater began with Vaudeville shows. Broadway expanded in the 20th century because of new genres of the form and shifting markets. Piano scores from Broadway shows were sold and music was played over the radio. Musical theater has influenced popular culture through song and has advanced standards of acting. Broadway theater has had a dramatic effect on American culture, to further delve into its affects, further research can be done through scholarly articles, journals, websites and textbooks.