Stage Music

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This lesson is part of the Style & Compositional Techniques category.


  • Students will be familiar with the compositional processes involved in writing music for theatrical productions
  • Students will be able to write a melody which underscores a short theatrical scene


Listening or Videos[edit]

Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion of the mechanics and compositional challenges of scoring film and video
  • Analysis of a recorded opera or musical theatre scene
  • Identifying techniques unique to opera or musical theatre


  • Analysis of music from opera or musical theatre
  • Creating a compositional plan for a short theatrical scene
  • Tracking the use of a specific motif through an opera or musical