New musical plays for kids and teaching drama resources.

VIDEO: Tony Nominee Mentions Beat by Beat Musicals on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Jan 12, 2018 0 Comments

We just had a I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moment! Patrick Wilson was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers and chatted about what it was like for him and his wife to direct their kids’ elementary school musical. When the Tony-nominated Broadway actor was asked about which shows he and his wife have chosen to do, he [...]

Drama Game: Do Nothing

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Jan 3, 2018 Drama Games 0 Comments

Type: Warm-Up Purpose: This game fits in a category that I call minimalism :)  Extremely simple, yet effective at focusing a class and having a bit of fun in the beginning of a session. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Tell them (with a wink) you are about to introduce to them a [...]

Putting on a Show: How do I get my kids excited about a musical they’ve never heard of?

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Dec 19, 2017 Arts Education, Children's Plays, Children's Theatre, Plays for Kids, Putting on a Show, Teaching Drama 0 Comments

The spring musical is around the corner…whoo hoo! This is the time when drama and music teachers have a chance to shine.  A chance to put up a show your kids will never forget. But this time of year can also come with a lot of questions… For experienced drama teachers, how do you keep [...]

Drama Game: Clap, Snap, Stomp

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Dec 3, 2017 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Warm-Up, Focus Purpose: A simple game that requires focus and teamwork.  Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Count off around the circle “1, 2, 3”. (“1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, etc.”) 3. Do it again, but this time all the 1’s will be replaced by a snap of the fingers. (“snap, [...]

2017 Free Christmas Songs & The Holiday Magic CD

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Nov 27, 2017 Free Downloads, Holiday 0 Comments

Happy Holidays from Beat by Beat! Click below to listen to this year’s original Christmas song written by Denver Casado & Ashley Fox Linton for the Holiday Magic CD. <a href=”http://bbbpress.bandcamp.com/album/holiday-magic-songs-casado-linton”>Holiday Magic Songs – Casado & Linton by Ashley Fox Linton & Denver Casado</a>You can download this song and 5 others that Denver and Ashley contributed from [...]

Drama Game: Moose!

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Oct 18, 2017 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Creativity, Improv Purpose: This fast-paced improv game helps students quickly be able to justify their actions in the middle of an improv. This game is best for slightly older students with some improv experience. Procedure: 1. Have the class stand in a circle. 2. Go around the circle having each student count off as “A” [...]

Drama Game: Paper Airplane Introduction

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Sep 10, 2017 Drama Games 0 Comments

  Type: Ensemble Building Purpose: A fun getting-to-know-you game for the beginning of a new semester…that involves making paper airplanes! Procedure: 1. Gather the class into a sitting circle. 2. Pass out a piece of paper to each student and a writing utensil. 3. On the piece of paper they must write their name, and two places they would [...]

Drama Game: Witch & Wizard Cauldron

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Aug 27, 2017 Drama Games , 1 Comment

Type: Warm-Up, Creativity Purpose: A fun game that will help students begin to think about using their voice and body to create different types of characters. Procedure: 1. Gather the students into a standing circle. 2. Tell the students to close their eyes. When you snap, they will be transformed into a witch or wizard. They should [...]

Drama Game: Two-Headed Monster Dance

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Aug 7, 2017 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Warm-Up Purpose: A fun warm-up that allows everyone to be a little silly and breaks down barriers. Procedure: 1.  Have the students pair up (preferably to someone they don’t know very well.) 2. Tell the pairs to stand back to back and to hook their elbows together. 3. Play some music with a beat. The pairs must [...]

How to Write a Monologue – Free Lesson Plan from “Teaching Playwriting”

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May 23, 2017 Drama Games, Teaching Drama, Teaching Drama Resources 1 Comment

The following lesson plan is an abridged excerpt from the new book Teaching Playwriting: The Essential Handbook, a step-by-step guide to fostering creativity in your classroom. You can learn more and instantly download the entire 108-page resource by clicking here.  The first step to becoming a great playwright is the ability to step inside a character and find [...]