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Grade 6-8

Genres of Music: How Musical Theatre Works

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 5:22
  1. 1. Story 1:34
  2. 2. Drama 1:03
  3. 3. Book & Music 1:00
  4. 4. Collaboration 0:55
  5. 5. The Experience 0:50

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

All the pieces of musical theatre work together to serve one thing: story. Investigate the importance of story, drama, collaboration, the integration of a “book”, and the experience of musical theatre as a whole.

Dive into the world of musical theatre and learn the elements of your favorite musicals like Hamilton, Oklahoma, or A Chorus Line.


Understanding Musical Theatre

Course overview



Students will learn about how musical theatre tells stories.



Students will learn about drama, and the way drama serves to forward a story.


Book & Music

Students will learn how the book and music of a musical function together to serve the story and drama.



Students will learn about collaboration, and how theatre, especially musical theatre, is a highly collaborative art form.


The Experience

Students will learn about the live theatre experience, and why theatre has lasted throughout history as a dying art form.

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  • Book
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Story

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  • Paper


Brooke Trumm is a composer, percussionist, and teaching artist in New York, NY. She has her Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Idaho, and her Master's in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Recently, she wrote songs for Rattlestick Playwright Theatre's "Village Song," and Lincoln Center's "Broadway's Future Songbook" series. Brooke has been an active percussionist for 16 years, recently performing at Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Brooke has a fondness for teaching music theory, she has taught at The School for Strings in Manhattan for the last year and a half, and many years prior in Oregon and Idaho. She is excited to bring that passion for music theory and general music to learners through the Music Club.

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