The Sound of Money
a musical adventure about economics & building community

Booklist Review:

Tobin James Mueller has combined music, drama, and curriculum in a series of innovative teaching musicals. THE SOUND OF MONEY considers a group of shipwrecked children that set up a new community; in the process, they learn the fundamental concepts of economics. The cassette contains two interpretations of the musical: one by an adult cast and one by a children’s cast. Sound effects and characterizations are used to full advantage. The music is bright, and the lyrics are fun as well as informative. Illustrated student booklets with lyrics and annotations expand the information. Additional materials on how to prepare a school musical can be obtained from the producers. Good resources for school libraries. Ages 9-12. (Judy Morrissey, Copyright 1990 Booklist, All Rights Reserved)

Beaclaws Review:

A feature of the Classroom Musical is its flexibility. They are designed for any combination of grades and ages. From 15 to 100 children actors can be used. Teachers who need to use different skill or grade levels, like after an school drama club or a gifted and talent class, find the package to be excellent for that purpose. Over 300 schools across the country have successfully used this series. The Classroom Musicals package comes with a director’s script, choreography and production notes, interdisciplinary activities guide, worksheets, scripts, piano scores, demonstration tapes and audiocassettes. The tapes help kids memorize their parts. (Larry Cowley, Copyright 1990 Bearclaws, All Rights Reserved)

Educators' Comments:

"The music is current and unbelievably captivating. My students are
still singing about their favorite subject…Economics!"**

6th Grade Teacher, D.E.E.P. Coordinator
McKinley School, WI

"The kids learned so much without even knowing it. . .
And they had so much fun doing it!"

"The music is current and unbelievably captivating... My students still sing about their favorite subject. . .Economics!"
6th Grade Teacher
D.E.E.P. Coordinator

"The learning and the standing ovations will stick with the children forever."
Music Teacher

"It was a fantastic way to present the subject of Economics to our students, parents, and staff."
5th Grade Teacher

** The Sound of Money was developed in cooperation with the Wisconsin
Economic Education Council's D.E.E.P. program.

Additional Information:

THE SOUND OF MONEY is a 40-minute musical for youth about economics and working together. A ship full of kids crashes on a deserted island; they must take stock of their natural resources and create an economy from the ground up. In the process, they discover the importance of community. They learn that an economy is nothing more than each person satisfying the needs of his neighbors. By the end of the story, they are ready to begin exporting the goods they have made. A wonderfully entertaining teaching tool created in collaboration with the Wisconsin Council of Economic Educators. Complete Teacher’s Kit, Classroom Musical, accompaniment tapes and related study materials are available from the publisher. Children: Grades 3-9.

Song List:

The Good Ship Economic: Sailing the seas of Laissez Faire
Movers and Shakers: Building a community
Discovering Division of Labor: A revolutionary idea
Divide and Conquer: The dawn of manufacturing
The Auction: A lesson in supply and demand
The Broken Window: Pitfalls of short term thinking and overtaxation
For You, For Me: Utilizing our comparative advantage