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The Music Man
SUBJECTS — Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; Dance/Performance;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.
Age: 6+; Not rated; Musical; 1962; 151 minutes; Color.
A con artist, "Professor" Harold Hill, comes to a small Iowa town in the early 1900s. He convinces the town that it needs a marching band, taking orders for the necessary instruments and uniforms. He also sells music lessons in advance, concealing the fact that he cannot read or play a note of music. In the process, Professor Hill galvanizes the town out of its torpor and falls in love with the local librarian/music teacher. The movie is the original setting for Seventy-Six Trombones and Till There Was You. The dance numbers are vibrant.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Music Man will help teachers and parents illustrate small town life in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. The Guide shows how to use the film to provide an opportunity to discuss the ennobling power of love and the role of marching bands in providing a civilizing influence in rural England and the U.S.
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To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below a discussion question from the Learning Guide to The Music Man.
Does Professor Hill find love and dishonesty to be compatible with each other?
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