Press Release: "How to Bring Musicals to Life in Middle School"

The Magic of Middle School Musicals Now Available from MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education

RESTON, VA (December 9, 2008) The Magic of Middle School Musicals, a new publication by Victor V. Bobetsky and published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education, will give teachers the tools they need to produce a successful musical with middle school students.

Working on a musical is exciting for students, teachers, and the entire middle school community! As the first musical theater book especially written for middle school productions, The Magic of Middle School Musicals provides a step-by-step guide for success. Bobetsky approaches planning and producing musicals in the context of a curricular unit of study and includes strategies for assessing student learning.

Bobetsky, a former New York City middle school music teacher, begins with advice on how to select a musical, obtain copyright permission, and arrange the music for middle school voices. He discusses strategies for teaching the music in the choral classroom, auditioning, casting, and rehearsal procedures. The book provides practical suggestions on how to work with student actors, create choreography, and manage scenery, set design, costumes, lighting, and more. Bobetsky says, “This book gives many strategies and tips for success for anyone interested in planning and producing musicals in middle school and other levels too.”

The Magic of Middle School Musicals gives music teachers the information and confidence they need to artistically adapt musicals from the American repertoire to the middle school level so that teachers, students, and audiences can experience and enjoy this unique, familiar, and musically expressive genre!

Victor V. Bobetsky is the Director of the Teacher Education Program in Music and Associate Professor of Music Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. Bobetsky began his career in music education as a middle school choral director in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked with colleagues in other subject areas to produce the annual spring musical. His choral arrangements for middle school voices are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Cambiata Press, GIA Publications, and Musica Russica.

The Magic of Middle School Musicals is available from RLE in paperback for $24.95 and clothbound for $60.00. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit www.rowmaneducation.com.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 142,000 members and supporters represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.