Working on a musical is exciting for students, teachers, and the entire middle school community! As the first musical theater book especially for middle school productions, The Magic of Middle School Musicals provides a step-by-step guide for success. Bobetsky approaches planning and producing musicals in the context of a curricular unit of study and includes strategies for assessing student learning. Dr. Victor V. Bobetsky, a former New York City middle school music teacher, begins with advice on how to select a musical, obtain copyright permission, and arrange the music for middle school voices. He discusses strategies for teaching the music in the choral classroom, auditioning, casting, and rehearsal procedures. Practical suggestions show directors how to work with student actors, create choreography, and manage scenery, set design, costumes, lighting, and more. The Magic of Middle School Musicals gives music teachers the information and confidence they need to artistically adapt musicals from the American repertoire to the middle school level so that teachers, students, and audiences can experience and enjoy this unique, familiar, and musically expressive genre!
Victor V. Bobetsky is the Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music and associate professor of music education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Bobetsky began his career in music education as a middle school choral director in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked with colleagues in other subject areas to produce the annual spring musical. His choral arrangements for middle school voices are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Cambiata Press, GIA Publications, and Musica Russica.