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Grade 6-8

Genres of Music: Musical Theatre History

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 5:46
  1. 1. Stage Plays with Music 0:53
  2. 2. Opera/Operetta 1:10
  3. 3. Golden Age 0:50
  4. 4. 1960s-2000s 2:13
  5. 5. Today 0:40

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

Calling all music nerds and history buffs! Dive into the rich history of musical theatre, and how we got to where we are today. We'll move from Greek plays to the present and examine how the art form has evolved over time.

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


Musical Theatre History

Course overview


Stage Plays with Music

Students will learn about Greek plays and their use of music for drama.



Students will learn about Opera/Operetta and how it was the precursor to American musical theatre.


Golden Age

Students will learn about the start of musical theatre we know today.



Students will learn how musical theatre of this time reflected the socio-political climate of the time.



Students will learn about how modern musicals are a place of innovation and artistic expression.

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  • Greek Theatre
  • Hamilton
  • History
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre

Recommended Materials

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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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