From Backpacks To Broadway: Children's Experiences In Musical Theatre by Rekha S. RajanFrom Backpacks To Broadway: Children's Experiences In Musical Theatre by Rekha S. Rajan

From Backpacks To Broadway: Children's Experiences In Musical Theatre

byRekha S. Rajan

Paperback | November 30, 2016

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Musical theater is a dynamic, collaborative art form, which encompasses music, theater, dance, and the visual arts. Traditionally associated with adult performers, musicals also have roles designated specifically for children. How then does involvement in musical theater support children's learning through the performing arts? What do children value from their musical theater experiences and how do these experiences influence children's personal, social, and artistic lives? Based on a decade of research, this book explores these questions through children's participation as singers, actors, and dancers, in school-based, community, and professional musical theater. By valuing children's voices as important in understanding experience, Rajan constructs a framework of musical theater participation, and applies broader educational implications to highlight the unique characteristics of musical theater in children's lives.
Rekha S. Rajan is a visiting associate professor of research at Concordia University Chicago. She is an arts education specialist and has a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also the author of Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5 (SAGE) and Grant Writing: Practical Strategies for S...
Title:From Backpacks To Broadway: Children's Experiences In Musical TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 8.95 × 5.95 × 0.43 inPublished:November 30, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610485610

ISBN - 13:9781610485616

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Children's Participation in Musical TheatreChapter 2: A Framework of Musical Theatre ParticipationChapter 3: School-Based Musical TheatreChapter 4: Community Musical TheatreChapter 5: The Professional Stage Chapter 6: Learning through Musical TheatreEpilogue: Beyond BroadwayReferencesIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

This book proves that being in the arts is essential for children to help and build self-esteem, create meaningful relationships, and learn how to work in an ensemble type atmosphere. It takes a look at children's experiences in all levels of musical theater from the classroom to the professional stage. It was fascinating taking a look at how different it was for those children who do this as a career at such a young age.