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TADA!'s Arts Education Residency Programs

Bring TADA! to Your School
TADA!'s In-School Residencies use musical theater to enhance school curricular units; engaging students and teachers in active learning while providing tools for artistic expression, successful group interaction and improved
self-confidence.

Two TADA! professional Teaching Artists (a Director/ Choreographer and a Music Director) trained in TADA!'s methodology are provided to work with students and teachers. Residency programs range from basic performing skills to the creation, rehearsal process and performance of a fully fledged original musical created by the class.

For more information contact TADA!'s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

Musical Theater Writing Residency

Students develop and write a full original musical. The residencies incorporate the academic curriculum extensively and allow students to explore important issues in their lives. (20 weeks, 40 sessions, twice weekly. Recommended for 4th grade and older).

Song-Writing Residency

Students create their own musical theater songs through the use of analyzing musical sounds and patterns, brainstorming lyrics, and even combining movement with acting exercises. Student-written materials can tie into curricular units, and support literary themes as well. Key concepts of music terminology and performance are taught with the residency culminating in a presentation of the students' self-created work. TADA! provides one Teaching Artist (Music Director) for this type of residency; up to 18 students/workshop. Recommended for 3rd grade and older.

Musical Theater Play Building Residencies

Based on a curricular or class theme, students create an original mini-musical, rehearse the scenes and songs, and perform it for the school community. The program uses TADA!'s repertoire of original musicals (written specifically for performance by children) and age-appropriate Broadway music to promote active learning as students build their writing and performance skills. (12-20 weeks, recommended for 1st grade and older).

Musical Theater Skills Building Residency

Perfect for schools who wish to enrich students with more performing arts instruction, this program focuses on acting through song & dance and develops the techniques of singing, dancing, and acting, which builds self-confidence and improves skills in public speaking and self-expression. The last class culminates in a final Sharing that showcases high-quality performances of the song & dance skills learned in class. (8-10 weeks, recommended for all ages, abilities and grades).

Length of residencies: approximately 8-20 weeks.  For up to 18-24 students per class.

After-School Programs

TADA! offers four unique After- School programs in Musical Theater, which can be tailored to the specific needs of your school and community. All programs draw on TADA!'s repertoire of original musicals (written specifically for performance by children) and age-appropriate Broadway music. TADA! programs are taught by highly-skilled and caring Teaching Artists who have extensive experience in music, theater, dance and education. All offerings are age-appropriate, from pre-school through high school.

Gotta sing! Gotta Dance!

A Musical Theater skills-building class that focuses on the core elements of singing, acting and dancing. Kids learn popular songs from Broadway and one-of-a-kind songs from TADA!?s original musicals. The class includes exploration in character development using theater games plus song and dance numbers enabling students to participate as Musical Theater performers. This program focuses on acting through song & dance, which successfully prepares kids for future Musical Theater camps, classes, and productions. Classes begin with physical and vocal warm-ups to help students focus and prepare. The last class culminates in a final Sharing that showcases high-quality performances of the song & dance skills learned in class.

8-10 weeks, recommended for all ages, abilities and grades. TADA! provides two professional Teaching Artists (Music Director and Director/Choreographer) for up to 24 students/class.

Cost per class session: $315/2 hours; $280/90 minutes; $250/60 minutes

Write on!

From page to stage: create your own original mini-musical! This Musical Theater play-building class focuses on the essential skills of writing, singing and dancing plus techniques from the "actor's tool-box" such as characterization, improv, and scene development. This program is for those interested in a more in-depth residency program where students will write and rehearse the scenes, learn songs, and perform it all for the school community! This format can use thematic material as suggested by the school. Past scripts have centered on topics as varied as the environment, teamwork, tolerance, and technology. Students work on their writing and performance skills, and the use of musical numbers to promote fun, active learning.

12-20 weeks, recommended for third grade and older. TADA! provides two professional Teaching Artists (Music Director and Director/ Choreographer) for up to 24 students/class. Cost per class session: $250/60-minutes; $280/90-minutes; $315/2 hours

Act out!

This drama-based program includes a series of workshops that focus on skills for the non-musical actor. Acting games, improvisation, and scene development are used to prepare a presentation for family and schoolmates.

8 or more weeks, recommended for all ages, abilities and grades. TADA! provides one professional Teaching Artist (Director); up to 18 students/workshop. Cost per class session: $265/2 hours; $240/90 minutes; $210/60 minutes

Write on, with song!

This music-based program includes a series of workshops that allow students the chance to create their own Musical Theater songs by analyzing musical sounds and patterns, brainstorming lyrics, and even combining movement and acting exercises to stimulate learning and creative development. Key concepts of music terminology and performance are taught throughout the workshop. The workshop culminates in a presentation of the students? self-created work.

8 or more weeks, recommended for all ages, abilities and grades. TADA! provides one professional Teaching Artist (Music Director); up to 18 students/workshop. Cost per class session: $265/2 hours; $240/90 minutes; $210/60 minutes

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers

TADA! recognizes that teachers are students as well, looking for new ways to reach as many of their children as possible. By offering professional development to schools, TADA! provides effective Arts Education methodologies and tangible lesson plans that connect teacher practices to the NYS Learning Standards and NYC DOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. TADA! also works to inspire and re-inspire teachers and to provide a comfort level with using theater and musical theater in the classroom.

TADA! Teaching Artists introduce classroom teachers to theater and provides them with skills necessary to enhance their academic curricula through the arts; engage in theater games and improvisation; become comfortable with basic directing and choreographing; and use theater for conflict resolution. Workshops include: Playwriting, Integrating Literacy and Theater Arts, Movement Games, Living Biography, Diction/Speech/Dialects, Early Childhood Teaching Techniques and Dalcroze Method (musical training through movement).

Selected Biographies of our Education Staff & Teaching Artists.