Apr 162012

In 4th grade, I show the students The Music Man. (My favorite is the 1962 version.) First, we discuss musicals, what makes them different from a regular movie or play. Then, we learn the songs: Pick a Little Talk a Little / Goodnight Ladies. We compare and contrast the songs and then learn to sing them together as partner songs.

Other things we discuss: how the melody of Goodnight My Someone and Seventy Six Trombones is the same. We discuss the differences (rhythm, meter, tempo, etc.).

4-Music Man questions   4-Music Man questions2

MM quiz

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  4 Responses to “The Music Man – musicals”

  1. Hi! My name is Cara and absolutely LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for all of your posts. I’m going through your archives and tagging everything!

    I am a music teacher in Texas and I’d LOVE it if you would guest post a lesson on my blog if you’re interested.

    Again, thank you for your posts! Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. Hi, Beth! Great post, great blog! Do you have other musicals that you show to each grade level from year to year? Thanks!

    • Actually, I don’t. I show Do, Re, Mi (from The Sound of Music) to just about everyone when I’m teaching melody. I also show The Nutcracker to 1st, 2nd and 3rd around Christmas. But I love musicals, and if you can fit it in to your curriculum, I would think several would be appropriate to show. 🙂

  3. Hi Beth! Just came across your blog on Pinterest. I am thrilled! I need more of these posts please (or more wonderful ideas like this). I’m homeschooling a 5th grader next year and would like to base my music curriculum on musicals.

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