A college professor once told me to write the following in my notebook at the beginning of our very first class: “There is no such thing as a child who hates music. But there are plenty who hate music teachers.” He then said if that is the only thing I remember from his class, it will be enough. Forty years later, it is the only thing I remember from that class. But its wisdom guided much of what I accomplished as a teacher and director.
Below are a few things I picked up from my forty years of teaching that I hope will help you succeed in your career as a teacher.
Whether you are more comfortable with a structured, linear rehearsal process or a more improvised, spontaneous approach, children, young and old, will sense if you are unprepared, stressed and/or ill-equipped for the task ahead.
Broadway composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa recently took time to make an engaging, informative and inspiring video guide to the musical score of BIG FISH. Whether you have already licensed this brilliant show, or are considering it for your next musical, you can spend a few minutes with the composer, as he offers us a very accessible tour of the themes and styles of this magical musical.
Click the video below and share Andrew’s approachable, charming, humorous and very effective exploration of how music and words combine to move this irresistible story ever forward. If you are planning a production of the show, this is an invaluable tool. If you haven’t booked your production of BIG FISH yet, this quick master class with a gifted Broadway writer will inspire you to bring this beautiful new Broadway show to your community.
Hillcrest High School in Midvale, Utah presented the Utah high school premiere of CURTAINS, November 18-21. TRW’s Broadway blockbuster features a book by Rupert Holmes, based on a concept by Peter Stone, with a classic score from the legendary Kander and Ebb. Theaters throughout the world are now getting their chance to produce this phenomenal show!
CURTAINS played over 500 performances on Broadway, and received eight 2007 Tony® Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Actor (A Winner for David Hyde Pierce), Best Actress, Best Featured Actress, Best Direction and Best Choreography. Kander and Ebb’s amazing score is perfectly woven into the fabric of the unfailingly clever book.
CURTAINS is set in the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959…