Design a set? I’m a music teacher! Create a dragon? I don’t even know how to begin!... Many general music and choir teachers have the opportunity to direct their school musical but with little experience putting on a show if any at all. Focused mainly on middle school musical theatre as well as shows for elementary levels, this course takes you through the various stages of putting on a musical from selecting the show, building a set, character development and choreography... all the way through the final bows of the season. Your students can be successful at performing a school musical complete with a set and choreography, even with a limited budget! Please note the two different locations for this course.

Instructor: Sarah Giordano


Sarah Giordano earned a Bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in choral music education from VanderCook College of Music. Currently she teaches 6-8 general music, directs the choirs and the musical at Jackson Middle School in Villa Park, IL. She consistently serves as a choral clinician, adjudicator and accompanist.  During her tenure at Jackson she has served as team leader, department chairperson, and as a cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers.


Beyond the classroom, Sarah has a passion for musical theatre. She recently presented “No Auditorium? No Problem! Let’s Put On A Show!” at the 2016 Illinois Music Educators Conference. In addition to directing the musical at her own school, Sarah also music directs for several other children’s theatre organizations in the Chicago suburbs. Sarah works with BrightSide Theatre, Naperville’s only adult professional theatre company. Her roles with BrightSide Theatre include music director, conductor, vocal coach, and pit orchestra musician.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288