Musicals, a part of the arts, have potential in the STEAM curriculum. A long history of stage, film and television musicals are present within popular culture. Musicals can foster STEAM especially in terms of the technical aspects of theatre, cinema and television production. STEAM educators can utilize show tunes and themes to frame lessons as outlined in a number of examples. A description of a high school curriculum integration program provides examples of how school musicals can foster STEAM areas. These musicals illustrate how STEAM instructors can capitalize on musicals with their students.

Author/Artist Bio

Keith Mason, Ph.D. is an educational consultant based in New Providence, New Jersey. He specializes in curriculum, language education, phonetics, Romance linguistics and musicals across the curriculum. He has published extensively about musicals in the interdisciplinary curriculum and is currently writing a book Musicals across the Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Pathways to Learning. Dr. Mason is the recipient of eight Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Educational Impact for integrating musicals into the high school curriculum and supporting state curriculum standards.

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