This course for K-12 educators will review American History through musicals, exploring the historical events, politics, music, fashion, language/slang, and social mores of seven different time periods. Participants will choose and view one “overview” DVD and seven musicals (using DVD’s) making an ongoing outline, lists, and comparisons, along with the development of a plan of implementation into curriculum.

In each of these areas you will uncover insights about American society and how musicals have been an integral part of current events, historical events, fashion, language – slang, plus many other areas. (see supplementary materials for suggested list of musicals)

Netflix subscription is recommended.

The 7 sections you will examine are: (choose only one from each bullet)

  • Pioneer, Singing Cowboy, 1800s, Pre-Civil War
  • Early 1900s, Vaudeville, 1920s
  • 1930s, Radio, Early Talkies
  • 1930s and 1940s and Blues, 1940s and WWII, Early Pop Music Composers
  • Post WWII: 1950s, 1960s, 1960s & 1970s Country Music
  • 1970s, 1970s Rock Opera, 1980s
  • Classic Broadway; Broadway of Today


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Excellent prompt communication from instructor, with very clear expectations if I needed to change an assignment. I am very impressed at how much history I got out of this class through studying musicals. I also have a renewed joy in watching musicals, and now watch them from a historical perspective.

~Dawn Hashley

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Course No. ED463e, ED563e

Tuition $360

Quarter Credits 6

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