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Grade 6-8

Genres of Music: Musical Theatre Overview

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 4:08
  1. 1. What Is Musical Theatre? 0:51
  2. 2. Straight Play/Book 0:33
  3. 3. Music/Lyrics 0:40
  4. 4. Dance 1:19
  5. 5. Put It All Together 0:45

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

If you love show tunes, you're in the right place! Explore the three crucial elements that make up musical theatre including libretto, music, and lyrics, and get inspired to write your own show.

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


The 3 Pillars of Musical Theatre

Course overview


What Is Musical Theatre?

Students will learn what musical theatre is by simple definition.


Straight Play/Book

Students will learn what the “book” of a musical is, and what purpose it serves.



Students will learn why we use songs in musical theatre.



Students will learn how dance tells a story in musical theatre.


Put It All Together

Students will learn how all 3 of these pieces work together.

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  • How to Write A Song
  • Libretto
  • Lyrics
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre

Recommended Materials

  • Pencil
  • 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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