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.).

Music Man Questions


Musicals Assessment


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