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Grade 6-12

Intro to Musical Theatre: Let's Take it from the Top

by Leah Platt | Music FREE

4 Lessons 52:15
  1. 1. From the Top: Early Music and Theatre 7:16
  2. 2. 18th, 19th, and 20th Century 13:22
  3. 3. Codification and Popularization: How Tin Pan Alley Brought Music to the Masses 3:50
  4. 4. The Great American Songbook: Writers That Shaped the Artform 27:47

Grade 6-12


NGSS Standards



About the course

In this second class on American Musical Theatre, we take it all the way from Greek theatre, through the renaissance, to early 20th century composers. With a focus on history, we'll track the early origins of music and theatre and see how important works from hundreds of years ago are still relevant today. We'll take a special look at the writers of The Great American Songbook, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, the Gershwins, and Cole Porter!


  • Art
  • Greek
  • History
  • Musical
  • Renaissance
  • Theatre


Northwestern University-- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Psychology, Certificate in Music Theatre, Module in Screen Acting, Certified Group Fitness Instructor

National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society Tutor, Kaplan SAT/ACT Tutor, Musical Theatre Instructor with Broadway Connection, Group Fitness Instructor with Equinox Fitness Clubs, The Barre Code, and Cyclebar

If you’re excited to move your body, challenge your perceived limits, and explore your artistic side, my courses are for you! My classes will focus on the technique, history, and exciting processes of theatre, fitness, and baking. From the basics of physical fitness to the specific tips and tricks of Broadway stars, these courses will provide valuable resources and a fulfilling journey for students at any level.

Tutoring began for me as a volunteer in high school, where I would help fellow students in Math, Spanish, and History on lunch breaks and after school with The National Honor Society. In college, I performed and taught theatre, fitness, and music to students in the suburbs surrounding Northwestern University, providing the community with access to high level arts education and fitness resources. After graduating, I worked professionally as an SAT/ACT Tutor, actress, and Group Fitness Instructor in New York City. I recently led musical theatre master classes across the country with Broadway Connection while performing on a National Tour, inspiring kids to feed their love of theatre and hone their skills as performers.

Students in my courses can expect to take their artistic and physical skills to the next level through an exciting series of classes . We’ll dive deep into the practical mastery of fitness, entertainment, and baking professionals while celebrating your specific growth and interests. My high energy courses will leave you feeling accomplished, proud, and ready to learn more!

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