Musical Theater Composition

In this residency, students examine the history and form of musical theater in order to identify key components of a captivating show. Then, the class engages with a source material or creative writing prompt to inspire the development of new musical theater songs that reveal complex character to tell a specific story. Under the mentorship of a professional composer and teaching artist, students engage in a 5-step Songwriting Process that demystifies the creative process for writing, producing, and sharing new works of musical theater.


Grades 6-12 

Program Components 

  • 1 Introduction to Musical Theater Event (optional) 
  • 10 Classroom Sessions 
  • 2 Planning Meetings 
  • Free Video & Instructional Resources via vala, an innovative musical theater streaming platform 

Johnny Mercer Foundation Partnership 

The Musical Theater Composition residency program is offered in partnership with the Johnny Mercer Foundation.

Learn More: JMF Partnership

For More Information

Liz Davis,, 404-733-5256 

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