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Doherty, Mary Lynn

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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School of Music


I worked with the Penguin Players here at Northern Illinois University as their head music director this semester. Penguin Players is a group on campus that puts on a musical with adults with disabilities as the stars. These artists are paired one-on-one with a mentor (usually a special education major) who helps them to learn their lines, songs, and dances. During the show the mentors are on stage with the artists but take a back seat to let the artists step into the spotlight. My job for the show is to teach everyone the songs they perform throughout the show. This includes full ensemble pieces, small group pieces, and solos. I’ve been the music director for the past three years and decided to make a “how to” binder to encapsulate all I’ve learned in my time with these wonderful people. The binder includes everything a music director would need to know from changing the music, to rehearsal techniques, to individual tips on the artists themselves. Penguin Players has been an absolutely wonderful experience that has taught me so much about teaching, myself, and others.


This is a collection of notes, comments, and suggestions on how to be the Penguin Players music director based on what I've learned in my time in the position.


28 pages




Northern Illinois University

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