Musical theatre students and performers are frequently asked to learn musical material in a short space of time; sight-read pieces in auditions; collaborate with accompanists; and communicate musically with peers, directors, music directors and choreographers. Many of these students and performers will have had no formal musical training. This book offers a series of lessons in music fundamentals, including theory, sight-singing and aural tests, giving readers the necessary skills to navigate music and all that is demanded of them, without having had a formal music training. It focuses on the skills required of the musical theatre performer and draws on musical theatre repertoire in order to connect theory with practice. Throughout the book, each musical concept is laid out clearly and simply with helpful hints and reminders. The author takes the reader back to basics to ensure full understanding of each area. As the concepts begin to build on one another, the format and process is kept the same so that readers can see how different aspects interrelate. Through introducing theoretical ideas and putting each systematically into practice with sight-singing and ear-training, the students gain a much deeper and more integrated understanding of the material, and are able to retain it, using it in voice lessons, performance classes and their professional lives. The book is published alongside a companion website, which offers supporting material for the aural skills component and gives readers the opportunity to drill listening exercises individually and at their own pace. Music Fundamentals for Musical Theatre allows aspirational performers - and even those who aren't enrolled on a course - to access the key components of music training that will be essential to their careers.
"Music Fundamentals for Dance" is a text for student dancers, choreographers, and dance educators written by an experienced educator and choreographer. This book presents foundational knowledge of the elements of music and describes their application to dance performance, choreography, and teaching. It includes a web resource offering exercises, activities, projects, downloadable examples of music, and web links that provide a range of active learning experiences.
Release on 2014-11-20 | by Millie Taylor,Dominic Symonds
Theory and Practice
Author: Millie Taylor,Dominic Symonds
Pubpsher: Macmillan International Higher Education
The ideal accompaniment to any study of musical theatre, this lively textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory and practice of this popular theatre form. Bringing critical theory and musical theatre together, Millie Taylor and Dominic Symonds explore the musical stage from a broad range of theoretical perspectives, including narrative theory, orientalism, gender theory and globalization. Focusing on opera as well as musical theatre, Studying Musical Theatre considers dozens of diverse shows from 1607 to the present day. From Monteverdi to Mamma Mia, and from HMS Pinafore to Hedwig, this book offers an accessible and up-to-date guide to musical theatre for students, aficionados and enthusiasts alike.
Release on 2015-09-07 | by Joe Deer,Rocco Dal Vera
A Comprehensive Course
Author: Joe Deer,Rocco Dal Vera
Category: Performing Arts
Acting in Musical Theatre remains the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft. Updates in this expanded and revised second edition include: A brand new companion website for students and teachers, including Powerpoint lecture slides, sample syllabi, and checklists for projects and exercises. Learning outcomes for each chapter to guide teachers and students through the book’s core ideas and lessons New style overviews for pop and jukebox musicals Extensive updated professional insights from field testing with students, young professionals, and industry showcases Full-colour production images, bringing each chapter to life Acting in Musical Theatre’s chapters divide into easy-to-reference units, each containing group and solo exercises, making it the definitive textbook for students and practitioners alike.
Release on 2015-08-03 | by John Charles Franceschina
Putting It Together
Author: John Charles Franceschina
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Music theory
Music Theory through Musical Theatre takes a new and powerful approach to music theory. Written specifically for students in music theatre programs, it offers music theory by way of musical theatre. Not a traditional music theory text, Music Theory through Musical Theatre tackles the theoretical foundations of musical theatre and musical theatre literature with an emphasis on what students will need to master in preparation for a professional career as a performer. Veteran music theatre musician John Franceschina brings his years of experience to bear in a book that offers musical theatre educators an important tool in equipping students with what is perhaps the most important element of being a performer: the ability to understand the language of music in the larger dramatic context to which it contributes. The book uses examples exclusively from music theater repertoire, drawing from well-known and more obscure shows and songs. Musical sight reading is consistently at the forefront of the lessons, teaching students to internalize notated music quickly and accurately, a particularly necessary skill in a world where songs can be added between performances. Franceschina consistently links the concepts of music theory and vocal coaching, showing students how identifying the musical structure of and gestures within a piece leads to better use of their time with vocal coaches and ultimately enables better dramatic choices. Combining formal theory with practical exercises, Music Theory through Musical Theatre will be a lifelong resource for students in musical theatre courses, dog-eared and shelved beside other professional resource volumes.
Handle's continues to be the most inclusive national directory for the performing arts industry Choice Every library providing any reference and service in the performing arts area needs this work. Highly recommended. Library Journal Featuring over 1,000 new entries, hundreds of revisions and 7,000 entries in all, the 5th edition of Handel's provides detailed information on virtually every professional dance, music, and theater organization in the U.S., as well as all educational institutions that offer training and degrees in the performing arts. As versatile as the needs of your patrons, the two-volume format of Handel's allows the instant access to every facet of the performing arts: Volume One: Performing Arts Organizations and Facilities presents detailed information on dance, instrumental and vocal music, theater organizations, and performing series such as summer festivals. Organizations and facilities are listed alphabetically by state, then city within state, and cross-indexed by arts area. Listings contain the names of artistic and administrative management and board, paid staff, budget and attendance statistics, type of facility and stage, building costs, architect, resident groups, facility rental information and other relevant facts. Volume Two: Performing Arts Educational Institutions features comprehensive information on universities, colleges, schools, and courses in dance, music and theater. Listings are arranged alphabetically by state. Anyone interested in the performing arts will be interested in this major resource--the only comprehensive reference of its kind!