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.  Together, the class selects a source material or creative writing prompt to inspire the development of a new musical theater song that tells a story and reveals character.  Under the mentorship of a professional composer and teaching artist, students engage in the Songwriting Process, focusing on Concept, Lyrics, Music, and Production.  Then, students rehearse and refine their original work, and the program concludes with a culminating presentation. 


Grades 6-12

Program Components

  • 1 Introduction to Musical Theater Event
  • 8 Classroom Sessions
  • 2 Planning Meetings
  • 1 Dress Rehearsal
  • 1 Culminating Performance

Musical Theater Composition Video Series

Presented by the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the Alliance Theatre, the Musical Theater Composition Video Series is comprised of two distinct sections: Introduction to Musical Theater and The Songwriting Process.  Each section is designed to stand on its own or as a compliment to the other, offering educators the flexibility to explore, modify, and utilize these tools to best serve each individual learner and classroom.  Additionally, each section includes a video component and a fully developed unit plan.  The videos are available for free via Vala, an innovative musical theater streaming platform.

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Liz Davis,, 404-733-5256 

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