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Post  maddiesch on Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:55 am

#1. Heide, Frederick J., Natalie Porter, and Paul K. Saito. "Do You Hear The People Sing? Musical Theatre And Attitude Change." Psychology Of Aesthetics, Creativity, And The Arts. 6.3 (2012): 224-230. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Researchers studied if the attitude of an audience can be affected by musical theater. The experiment involved 171 audience members to watch a professional musical that’s theme was about deer hunting. By the end of the show, the researchers observed a large change in attitude toward deer hunting and may be a good method to promote attitudinal change. People who have a complex emotional reaction to the show had more of an attitude change than others.

#2. Palidofsky, Meade. "If I Cry For You. ... Turning Unspoken Trauma Into Song And Musical Theatre." International Journal Of Community Music. 3.1 (2010): 121-128. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Since 1984, Storycatchers Theatre, otherwise known as Music Theatre Workshop, prepares young people to make positive choices through writing, producing, and performing musical theater. At the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville, Illinois during 2002, Fabulous Females brings a safe environment for girls with past traumatic experiences to reconnect with their emotions. The girl’s painful stories unfold as they translate them into scenes and songs. Through creativity, the girls heal and move on with their lives.

#3. Okikawa, Lisa, C. "Putting It Together: Musical Theater And Literacy For Children With Visual Impairments." Journal Of Visual Impairment & Blindness. 106.6 (2012): 370-378. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Musical theater has given students with visual impairments to be a part of something very creative allowing their imaginations to soar. Education in art can foster increased academic motivation, self-confidence, and new skills. Musical theater can create a positive effect on the lives of students with visual impairments validating the belief that the arts are essential to all people.

#4. Brenner, Brenda, Katherine Strand. "A Case Study Of Teaching Musical Expression To Young Performers." Journal Of Research In Music Education. 61.1 (2013): 80-96. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Researchers explored the practices and beliefs of five teachers who specialized in teaching children to perform in different musical areas to discover what it means to teach musical expression to child performers. They discovered that the children are disciplined a lot but do not use too much creativity towards musical structure. The children use most of their creativity when expressing emotions in performances. In the end, the researchers discovered that they did not have enough research to solve their stated problem. They focused more on technique, interpretation, creative thinking, and standing in front of an audience, instead of observing child perceptions of expressiveness and quality of expressive performances.

#5. Gonzalez, Jo Beth. “Critically conscious musical theatre.” Teaching Theatre. 24.2 (2013): 26-35. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

The article discusses musical theatre in schools believing that it creates star mentality and exclusion of others. It describes that the director or teacher’s attitude changes the effect on others. Many children are not allowed to grow and learn through new opportunities from the complex culture of musical theatre in schools.

#6. Karin, (Author) Vitzthum, et al. "Survey Of Health Problems In Musical Theater Students: A Pilot Study." Medical Problems Of Performing Artists. 27.4 (2012): 205. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Musical theater performers are trained in high frequency performances of dancing, singing, drama. This quick paced movements cause a lot of injuries including orthopedic, acute, chronic, lower extremities, spine, upper extremities, hips and joints. There are many health hazards for musical performers and mental problems too.

#7. Rajan, Rekha Sridevi, (Author). "The Musical Theater Experiences Of Children Ages 7 To 9 At A Community Theatre." (2010): Web. 22 Apr. 2013

In this doctoral dissertation, Rajan studies how 7-9 year-old children experience musical theater at a community theater. It was documented by the children’s experience, reflections, perceptions, and expectations. 20 seven-to-nine-year-olds were cast, and they experience musical theater by feelings, friendships, and performance. In the end, the children expressed their personalities and talents, made and kept meaningful friendships, developed artistic skills, and created identities as theater kids.

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