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Benjamin E. Mays High School

Music Theater


Carnegie Unit 1/Year .5 Carnegie Unit for /Semester

Instructor: Ms. G. Penn Class Location: Room 1627

Tutorial Day and Time: Thursday 3:30-5:00

Telephone: 404-802-5123 E-mail:

Course Description: This music class represents one of our vocal/dramatic arts performing groups. The class should consist of student’s who are capable of studying and performing drama, singing and with varying degrees of difficulty and represents a large number of styles, periods and composers.
The major requirements for each student in this class will be:

  1. Daily participation in all learning activities

  2. Obtaining customs for performance

  3. Attendance at scheduled after school rehearsals

  4. Participation in all individual and group public performances

  5. Attendance at designated Fine Arts Programs

  6. Measurable progress in vocal/dramatic performance

Terminal Objectives: Upon completion of this course, Students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrates and applies personal responsibility standards in all aspects of musical theatre.

  • Develops and analyzes definitions of musical theatre, theatre, and music.

Identifies and applies the dramatic elements (plot, theme, character, language, spectacle, and music).

  • Identifies and discriminates soprano, alto, tenor, and bass vocal lines. 

  • Analyzes the function of the composer, lyricist, and "book" writer in musical theatre.

  • Assesses and explains discipline, knowledge, skills, and education required for career preparation in musical theatre.

  • Comprehends and analyzes dramatic texts as basis for musical theatre presentations.

  • Lists and explains areas of technical production as applied to musical theatre.

  • Applies movement techniques for character in musical theatre activities and performances.  

  • Recognizes and explains the influences of heritage, culture, and historical periods on musical theatrical styles.    

  • Lists and defines aspects of musical theatre including music, dance, song, story, and design

  • Support the organization through dependability, cooperation, and enthusiasm

  • Demonstrate and awareness of different careers in the field of music theater

Learning Activities: The ability to sing is a technical skill, which will be obtained through a series of carefully designed singing activities. In order to properly master acceptable singing techniques, it is essential that each student fully participate in all classroom learning experiences

  • Vocabulary study of music theater terminology and rhythm drills

  • Oral testing audio and visually recorded

  • Proper execution of melodies involving the complete vocal range in major and minor modes

  • Execution of easy to difficult rhythmic patterns

  • Group and individual performance of monologues, duo-logues, and plays

  • Frequent individual performance (students should practice at home 45 minutes daily)

  • Written and aural memorization assignments

  • Advanced show choir literature

  • Discussion sessions, research assignments based on composers and historical perspective

  • Develop vocal techniques for interpretation of repertoire; phrasing, dynamics, balance, blend, diction, mood, tone color and tone projection

Students will be expected to participate in the Annual Winter Concert, One Act Literary Play Meet, One Act Play (Fall Semester), Broadway Musical Productions (Spring Semester), Spring Fine Arts Program/Concert and other designated programs and events.

Final Evaluation: Each students final grade will reflect the following

  • Daily Participation 25%

  • Performance/Rehearsal Attendance 20%

  • Monologue /Play Study 30 %

  • Homework 10%

  • Special Class Project 10%

  • Final Exam 05%


Grading Policy:

A: 90 – 100%; B: 80 – 89%; C: 70 – 79%; F: Below 69%.


Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty. Plagiarism occurs when a student uses or purchases ghost-written papers or products. It also occurs when a student utilizes ideas or information obtained from another person without giving credit to that person. If plagiarism or another act of academic dishonesty occurs, it will be dealt with in accordance with the academic misconduct policy as stated in the Atlanta Public Schools Handbook and the Benjamin E. Mays High School Handbook

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