Educational/Cross-Curricular

Arctic Animal Antics-Science

It's time for the annual Snow Ball with a talented group of cold climate friends ready to entertain you.  Join hearty polar bears who refuse to take a snooze, good natured arctic terns, hi-falutin' penguins dressed to the nines, and multi-talented seals who are sure to seal the deal. This easy-to-stage mini-musical is specifically designed for primary-age students.  The all-in-one format features piano/vocal arrangements, scripts with 18 short speaking parts, costumes and staging suggestions, audio access to the performance/accompaniment recordings, as well as projectable/printable PDFs of melody sheets, lyric sheets and dialog, all under one cover.  20 minutes.

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A to Z the Animals and Me - Reading, Alphabet

A lively primary musical that teaches the letter of the alphabet through fun songs, and rhymes. 15 minutes.

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Bebop with Aesop - Character Education

Aesop's unforgettable fables stimulate our imaginations and dramatize the many lessons and values that we can learn from them. Michael and Jill Gallina have adapted five of these fables in creative musical settings.  Through fun-to-perform dialogue and rock 'n' roll-styled music, Aesop's entertaining stories afford ample opportunity to provide students with examples of behaviors and attitudes that can contribute to a meaningful character education program. 30 minutes.   

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Dino Soaring-Science, History

Have a rip-roaring time teaching your kids about some amazing prehistoric creatures! Sing and play your way through the early history of life on earth and discover science in a way you never thought could be this fun. This engaging cross-curricular resource of songs and activities explores the lives of seven exciting dinosaurs. It includes eight songs, an easy rhyming script, and fifteen fact-filled reproducible activities. Designed for music and general classroom teachers, this collection will reinforce learning done in other disciplines across the curriculum and engage students in a riveting musical learning experience.

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Celebrate the Differences - Character Education

Celebrate the Differences is a musical revue containing traditional folk songs from ten countries around the globe. Through a group of explorers traveling on a submarine called The Friendship Ship, students circumnavigate the globe on a multi-ethnic journey taking them to Ireland, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, Israel, Africa, Italy, China, and Russia. As they arrive in each country, they learn a traditional song and dance. Each folk song is authentic and every effort has been made to represent the song in its pure and traditional form. The songs are arranged unison/2-part. This musical is designed to accommodate a variety of classroom needs from cultural enrichment to use as a full-scale performance piece. A short linking script, as well as easy costume, stage, and scenery directions, make this play a real winner! Instructions are included for an all-encompassing school-wide multi-ethnic fair. Performance time: approx. 45 minutes. Grades 4-9. 

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Feelin’ Good-Health - Physical Fitness

This creative musical experience will encourage children to take good care of their minds and bodies, and help them develop a positive self-image. Included in this revue are ten original rock-style songs that incorporate movement, creative dramatization and a sing-a-long.  The songs are arranged in unison with an optional second part and a complete piano accompaniment. The short dialog that precedes each song offers speaking parts for 12 and requires little memorization. Performance suggestions, props, staging and costume ideas are included and PDFs of singer songsheets and dialog are available via digital access.  You can purchase a performance/accompaniment CD separately if you do not want to obtain the audio recording via digital download. 35 minutes.

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It’s How You Play the Game - Character Education, Sportsmanship

This mini-musical is designed to be performed on choral risers - a format that enables directors to provide their students with a valuable performance opportunity while putting the rehearsal process on the fast track to success.  Good sportsmanship is the main theme; students are reminded to follow the rules, keep their ego in check, play fair, eat right, exercise, use self-control, play to the best of their ablity, and have a positive attitude. With an easy-to-memorize rhyming script and reproducible singer pages available on the Enhanced CD-ROM or as part of the Classroom Kit, this musical is perfect for your kids.  20 minutes.

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Johnny Appleseed - American History

NEW EDITION OF THIS TIMELY MUSICAL, NOW WITH UPDATED SCRIPT! Johnny Appleseed, one of American folklore's most colorful characters, comes to life in this lively, six song mini-musical. Johnny's extraordinary life and love for all living things is told as a modern day Grandpa reads a bedtime story to his grandchildren. The action moves from present to past and the audience learns of Johnny's boyhood dream to cross the wilderness and then follow him as he plants apple seeds throughout the land. Johnny Appleseed's sincere appreciation of nature and his thoughtful consideration of others serve as the underlying theme for this musical play and a wonderful teaching tool and example for young people as well as audiences of all ages. The 35-minute musical can be successfully performed in a wide variety of settings and the cast size is very flexible and appropriate for a wide range of grade levels. The accompaniment track is beautifully orchestrated to enhance the performance setting. The Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements, dialog, helpful production guide, and digital access to PDFs of singer songsheets and dialog. To perform with recordings, there are 2 options. A Performance/Accompaniment CD is available separately. For cost-saving value, the Performance Kit/Audio Access includes the Teacher Edition and performance/accompaniment audio recordings via digital access. 35 minutes. Suggested for grades 3-8.

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Let’s Pass it On - Character Education

This easy-to-prepare musical presentation is the first in the "Rise and Shine Musical" series created by Jill and Michael Gallina.  Designed to be performed on risers this series features shortened performance times and limited use of props.  "Let's Pass it On" encourages students to pass on good deeds promoting positive feelings.  Each of the 5 musical selections is preceded by an easy introductory narration in the form of a rhyming script with 24 speaking parts.  Basic riser-style choreography suggestions are included, or the songs can be performed without movement.  No costumes or scenery are required for this production, but some hand-held props are suggested. The kit includes the teacher's score, reproducible student parts, and a performance/accompaniment CD.  20 minutes. 

  

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Mr. Bells Magnificent Ringing Machine - Inventors, Science, Technology

Here is an upbeat, humorous look at both the early days of the telephone and our current infatuation with cell phones.  In this world of high-speed communications, we owe so much to the genius of Alexander Graham Bell and his commitment to the needs of the deaf.  Now that cell phones are so much a part of our daily lives, it is fitting to look back and appreciate Mr. Bell's contributions.  This is a revue-style production with seven songs arranged for two-part voices.  It gives the director a wide range of casting and performance options.  One or two of the scenes can be eliminated without altering the musical's structural integrity, so the director can easily control the scope and duration of the production.  Whether presented by one class or the entire school, this will thrill your audiences and give your performers an educational and memorable theatrical experience! The performance pak includes 1 director's score, 10 singer's editions and 1 P/A CD. Grades 4-6.  40 minutes.

 

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Oceans of Fun - Science

In this delightful revue-style collection, you'll discover meaningful ways to supplement your music program with quality cross-curricular materials.  It consists of eight songs, an easily memorized rhyming script and 21 fact-filled reproducible activity sheets.  As a musical revue, classroom activity or a means of team teaching, the songs and activities offer a great learning experience for your students.   20 minutes. 

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Off Their Rockers - Music/Dance History

The story takes place in a senior center where all is quiet and calm; that is, until the Center Director decides to use music and dance to bring fun and excitement into the lives of the seniors.  Through song and dance, the seniors "get off their rockers" and join in the fun.  Songs include: Old Time Rock and Roll; The Banjo's Back in Town; At the Hop; Rock Around the Clock; The Peppermint Twist and Dancin' in the Street. 25 minutes.

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Of Mice and Mozart - Music History, Composers

Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth with this clever play by Jill and Michael Gallina. Using rhyming text, Of Mice and Mozart tells the story of Mozart's life from the perspective of the imaginary descendants of the mice who lived in the woodwork of his house. This work pairs Mozart melodies with humorous lyrics. From the opening theme based on Symphony #40,to the comic Musicians Will Always Be Baroque, to the touch of rap infused in the familiar Piano Sonata, these songs and creative puns will delight your audiences. Costuming, scenery and staging suggestions are included in the director's score. The performance pak includes 2 scores and 10 singer's editions. Grades 3-8. 40 minutes. 

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Proud to Be American-American History

Children love to sing about their pride in the land in which they live. The songs contained in Proud to Be American celebrate many aspects of our country – its history, Constitution, multicultural heritage, leaders, and its natural beauty. All tied together with a short linking rhyming script. Performance Time: 35 minutes. Grades 2-6.

  

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Shake it Up With Shakespeare - English, Literature

Shakespeare not only wrote a wide range of plays and sonnets that touch upon all aspects of the "human condition," he also created words and phrases that are still very much a part of our everyday language. Through the use of an easily memorized rhyming script and a healthy sprinkling of his most famous quotes, this musical serves as the basis for an overview of five well-known Shakespearean plays. The Enhanced Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements, rhyming program script as well as choreography, prop, staging and performance suggestions. The enclosed CD-ROM offers reproducible singer and speaking parts. 20 minutes.  

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Sing and Play About the USA - American History and Geography

This collection of reproducible songs and activities is designed for classroom, home school or individual learning.  The activities include coloring, connect-the dots, crosswords, word search, singing and more.  Included with the book is a listening CD that also contains sing-along tracks.  Learning about the United States has never been so fun.   

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Singin’ in the Rainforest

Explore all the layers of the rainforest with this collection of songs and activities designed for both music and general classroom use. Singin' in the Rainforest can be performed in its entirety as a musical revue, or it can be divided into smaller segments to reinforce learning done in other disciplines across the curriculum. This collection includes 14 reproducible educational activities, a Rainforest Vocabulary and Facts Guide, Life Science Curriculum Objectives, and Fast Facts for Teachers. 20 minutes.

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Sing Me a Story - Reading Readiness

Step into the enchanting world of reading and storytelling with this cross-curricular musical experience.  Students will meet Thumbelina. Pinocchio, the Mad Hatter, Tinkerbell, the Ugly Duckling and the Little Mermaid in this reproducible, 2 part mini-musical.  In addition to memorable songs, also includes choreography, prop and performance suggestions, an easy-to-memorize rhyming script, American Sign Language and an Enhanced Studio Trax CD.  22 minutes. 

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The Castaways - American History

Grounded in historical fact, the The Castaways' plot, delivered through flashbacks, reveals the struggles of immigrant children on the streets of New York City in the early 1900s. Ultimately the happy endings for these castaways takes them to homes with Midwestern families. Their poignant stories sensitize today's children to the stark realities of homelessness and is a fitting vehicle for a fundraiser for homeless children and shelters. Eight fabulous songs help tell the significant story of this profoundly researched musical. Two voicings (2-part and 3-part mixed) are available for your program. Performance time: approx. 50 minutes. Grades 4-9. 

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The Green Team Machine - Science, Ecology, Earth Day

"Recycle, replenish, and renew" is the theme of "The Green Machine Team," a "Rise & Shine" musical specifically designed to be performed on choral risers. Complete with reproducible singer parts, poster and program art, composer information, and a performance/accompaniment CD, this program teaches an important lesson in a fun way! 18 minutes. 

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The Hero In Us All

Students discuss sports heroes, community heroes, emigrant heroes, and unsung heroes as they deliver the message that "we can all be heroes" in this musical presentation. A simple setting with theatrical crates or boxes and a "school clothes" wardrobe will allow directors and students to focus on the meaning of the play. Includes: 5 original songs, 2 energized raps, and the famous pop hit The Wind Beneath My Wings. Staging notes are included in the director's score and the CD includes a reproducible PDF file of the cover art. Grades 4-7. 30 minutes. 

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United We Stand - The Constitution, American History

Imagine how much more fun politics would be if politicians were required to rhyme their arguments and sing their votes! United We Stand brings us to Independence Hall, back in the summer of 1787, where some of our best-known Founding Fathers are rhyming, singing, and dancing their way to a compromise that will ultimately bring about the ratification of the United States Constitution. This lively mini-musical stresses the importance of working together for the common good, and is a fun and engaging cross-curricular tool to enhance students' learning of the history of the Constitution. Perfect for the teacher on a tight budget, this Performance Kit includes five reproducible unison/2-part songs, reproducible activity sheets, accompaniment and performance tracks, and costuming, staging, and performance suggestions. For Grades 3-5. Songs include: The Constitution Song; What a State We're In; It's Wise to Compromise; United We Stand; This Is America.

 

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Wackadoo Zoo - Character Education

Now a classic for early grades, this musical features mixed-up, but happy animals who make the wrong sounds. Cows that say meow, lions that crow, monkeys that bray, etc. A Professor of Linguistics tries to straighten them out, with hilarious results. They all learn a valuable lesson about the importance of being unique and special. The clever rhyming dialogue is simple to learn and the six delightful songs are arranged for unison voices. 

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