"My Violin" Poetry Theater
A poem in three voices
“My Violin” Poetry Theater

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press.


Summary: A child causes trouble at home with his violin playing.


Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.


Props: A wallet would be a great prop. If this is not available, the poem can be performed without props.


Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.








My Violin




My mom brought home a violin

so I could learn to play.

She told me if I practiced hard

I’d play it well someday.


Without a single lesson,

I tried to play a song.

My fiddle squeaked,








my fiddle squawked.






The notes came out all wrong.


My little brother fled the room.

Mom covered up her ears.

My puppy dog began to howl.




(Lets out a howl)




My sister was in tears.


My dad pulled out his wallet.

He handed me a ten.

He made me swear I’d never play

that violin again.


© 2003 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “My Violin” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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