Educational Musicals/Cross Curricular
The Castaways - American History, Character Education
Grounded in historical fact, 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. Performance time: approx. 50 minutes. Grades 4-9.
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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.
United We Stand - US Constitution 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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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! 25 minutes.
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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.
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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Bada Bing It’s Spring - character education
Spring is just around the corner, but the flowers have yet to bloom. The children are waiting for nice weather, the weeds have popped out of the earth, but the flowers remain steadfastly hidden underground. It takes the clever Dandelion Queen to figure out why, and bring about the first blossoms of the season! This charming, easy-to-stage musical is designed specifically for grades K--4. The unison songs, brief rhyming script, creative costume ideas, and simple staging suggestions will make your primary production a snap. Reproducible student pages, full performance and accompaniment recordings, plus full-color cover art are included on the enhanced CD.
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Singin’ in the Rainforest - Science
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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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 song sheets 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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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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Prime Time Nursery Rhymes
This mini-musical gives an exciting new twist to four favorite nursery rhymes. Crack up with Humpty Dumpty as Old King Cole recites the story of his terrible fall, and laugh along with the dog as Little Miss Muffet describes how the cow jumped over the moon. Dance along with the Little Old Woman's children as these witty characters sing each other's stories. The performance kit contains a reproducible unison collection and an enhanced CD that includes accompaniment and performance tracks, poster, program, composers' info, as well as costuming, staging, and performance suggestions. 20 minutes.
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Portraits of America
Portraits of America is a collection of eight two-part choral arrangements, with piano accompaniment, that celebrate patriotism and spreading a sense of peace, harmony and tolerance throughout the world. Three of the chorals, Land That We Love; Hands Cross the Ocean and You're a Grand Old Flag, are arranged as traditional partner songs. Whether celebrating a patriotic holiday such as Veterans Day or the Fourth of July, or selecting music appropriate for concerts for world peace and unity, any of these engaging choral works will perfectly augment your commemorative program. Performance/accompaniment audio recordings and singer PDFs are included via digital access.
A Hip Hop a Skip and a Jump - Movement and Listening skills
Movement and music provide an excellent instructional format for teaching a broad range of musical and developmental skills. This energetic collection of ten engaging songs will help teach the emerging musician and provide growth to all students in a wide range of areas across the entire curriculum. Active listening, auditory memory and discrimination, gross motor skills, and body awareness are all a part of the participatory songs, designed with melodies and lyrics that give your students directives while they listen. Rhythmic vocal speech adds a terrific learning experience, and the comfortable vocal range allows for singing in performance. Piano/vocal arrangements are included, along with digital access to performance/accompaniment audio recordings and PDFs of singer parts. Plant and nurture the seeds of learning with these imaginative original songs: Do the Funky Thing; Hip Hop Hippity Hop; Ice Skating; Imagine That!; Jumping Beans; Can't Sit Still; Do What I Do; Soar High; Skippity Dee Skippity Doo and Settle Down Song.
For The Boys
This collection for unchanged boys' voices contains songs that young boys want to sing. The arrangements are creative and singable, and the book includes lesson materials to make it more than just a performance collection. Songs include The Boatman Dance; Buffalo Gals; Casey Jones; The Drunken Sailor; The Erie Canal; Funiculi, Funicula; John Henry; Oh, How I Hate to Get Up In the Morning; Paddy Works On the Railway and Sweet Betsy from Pike.
Rhythm, Rhyme and Move in Time
This is a collection of lively musical games and classroom activities for music or general classrooms. Objectives and instructions are clearly stated with suggested movements and games written within the lyrics of the songs. Each game is a mini-lesson that can be extended to a full instructional period. The budget-stretching classroom kit contains a reproducible unison collection as well as an Enhanced StudioTrax CD that includes accompaniment and performance tracks, poster, program, clip art, and composers' info. Songs include: Alphabet Soup; The Beanbag Rock; The Chicken Song; The Mirror Game and more!
The Rhythm Band Strikes Again
A follow up collection to the highly successful “Strike Up the Rhythm Band,” The Rhythm Band Strikes AGAIN! is a clappin', slappin', stompin', and tappin' collection of songs and activities using basic rhythm band instruments and body percussion. This collection has been designed to teach basic rhythm and dynamic patterns, encourage creative rhythmic expression, improve students' listening skills, all while providing a fun platform to energize positive group dynamics.
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Puttin' on the Kidz
Puttin on the Kidz is an indispensable handbook for directors of any type of musical production. It will help you to make every performance a fun-filled experience that will energize your students and spotlight their talents. This all-in-one guide contains charts, sample letters, and standard forms to help expedite the audition process, plus advice on how to stage and block your production, and how to engage parent volunteers. Designed to save you time and energy, it's full of valuable techniques and a wealth of knowledge including a history of musical theater, tips on memorization, resources for costumes and props, and much more! Each chapter is followed with ideas and suggestions from music teachers across the country.