Do you have children that love Broadway musicals? Maybe you are the musical fan in your house and you are looking for ways to incorporate musicals into your homeschool?
I never considered myself a musical mom, my husband and I have no musical talent, and I don’t really know how to teach music. I do remember watching and enjoying a few musical movies when I was in high school. My oldest and only son loves music, but was never into musicals, but now I have three girls who love to sing and love musicals! We have a playlist of Broadway songs that gets played every afternoon during chore time.
My girls are even more interested in musicals since my oldest daughter participated in the Newsies musical with our local community theater last month. Our whole family breathed and lived Newsies songs for three months of practices and twelve shows! This was such an amazing experience. If you have a community theater you can get involved with, your kids will learn so much. My daughter is in 8th grade, but she had over 120 hours in practices and performances that she will earn her a 1/2 credit of musical theater which I will use as a high school elective.
Now that we all have the musical theater bug, I thought it would be fun to start watching more musicals and even do some unit studies on them. Everything can be a learning experience! You can even have your kids write papers about their favorite musical, just as if they would write a book report.
Here are some fun unit studies, and lesson plans for favorite musicals to get you started:
Music in our Homeschool has lots of FREE Resources for musicals:
Unit Study for Seussical the Musical
Unit Study for James and the Giant Peach Musical
Unit Study for Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat
Annie the Musical Unit Study
Music and Poetry Fun Lesson on Cats
The Lion King Educator Guide from The Lion King
The Lion King Musical Website has some amazing videos you can watch that explain about the puppets, make up and stage props for the show.
Homeschool Phantom of the Opera Guide from Unschool Rules
Wicked the Musical has teacher’s educator packets to download which cover topics about the staging, themes and narrative of the production.
Cats the Musical has a great page all about the story, as well as a fun and games page for kids!
Hamilton is super popular right now and there are quite a few teaching resources for this unique musical:
Try a Hamilton American History Road Trip – Family Travel Magazine
Teach Hamilton the Musical in the Classroom – No Fire Drills
How Teachers Are Using Hamilton the Musical in the Classroom
Hamilton Lesson Plan – The Educators Room
FREE High School Hamilton Lesson Plans
Other Broadway Resources:
Give my Regards to Broadway is a lesson plan about Broadway with a printable – Educational World
Musical Theater Unit Study – Temple of Wonder
Broadway Musical Scavenger Hunt – Temple of Wonder
What’s So Special About Broadway has a great informational article about Broadway as well as vocabulary words to learn. – Wonderopolis
Broadway Musical Home is a website devoted to all things Broadway. There is a list of each musical, the most popular and the longest running. You can click on each musical to learn more information and details of each one!
Disney on Broadway is the official website for currently running Disney Broadway Shows. You can click on each show and it has videos on how the show was created and lots of educational and fun information!
Get a taste of some favorite musicals for elementary students with the Intro to Musicals Course – there are ten lessons on ten different musicals. You will read about the story and background, watch video clips, work on one printable per lesson, take an online quiz, and explore links to outside sites with other materials to enrich your studies!
Here are some favorite Broadway musicals soundtracks! These are ALL available to stream for FREE if you have an Amazon Prime Subscription:
Frozen: The Broadway Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Beauty And The Beast: The Broadway Musical
The Phantom Of The Opera (Remastered 2000)
Music from Cats
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [Clean Version]
The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Aladdin: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Newsies: The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!