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.
Programs can incorporate academic curriculum extensively while following the Common Core and NY State Learning Standards as well as NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. Students are also given the opportunity to explore important issues in their own lives. Past scripts have focused on topics as varied as immigration, world cultures, environment, technology, neighborhood history, teamwork and tolerance and culminate with a performance for family, friends and the school community.
All classes begin with a physical and vocal warm-up to help students focus and prepare, plus acting games are incorporated throughout the program. As active participants, classroom teachers also gain exposure to proven arts-based teaching techniques for continued use in their classes, which provides a forum for creative and academic expression. The residencies also encourage development of concentration, discipline, teamwork, confidence, public speaking and writing skills. TADA! is an approved vendor of the NYC Dept of Education.
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. (8-11 weeks, recommended for all ages, abilities and grades).
Length of residencies: approximately 8-20 weeks
Availability: For up to 18-24 students per class.
$195.00 (per class period, based on 1 class period per week)
$185.00 (per class period, based on 2 class periods per week)
$175.00 (per class period, based on 3 class periods per week)