Musicplay Grade 1 Teacher's Guide & Digital Resources

Themes and Variations

SKU: 1PK-1

Musicplay Grade 1 Teacher's Guide with Digital Resource

Musicplay is an award winning music curriculum for elementary schools. Musicplay is a sequential curriculum with lessons that follow the calendar year. The weekly lesson outlines the new concepts that will be taught, those that will be reviewed, and includes seasonal and holiday repertoire. The planning is done for the teacher!

Lesson Planning

Year Plans are included for each grade

Monthly Lesson Outlines give you the month at a glance

40 weekly detailed lessons offer you a menu of musical activities. There is more than enough material in the lesson plan for two thirty minute music classes.

The lesson plans are like a menu. There are many song choices and for each song there are activities to choose from. You choose the songs and the activities that teach the curriculum concepts required by your state or province.  (Musicplay is aligned to all state and provincial curriculums!)  You choose the songs and activities that hold the most appeal for you and your students.

Feel free to substitute freely - Musicplay provides the framework - you get to make the choices.


Recordings are included in the teacher’s guides! (No downloads from itunes are required)

* 4 Performance/Accompaniment CDs of songs are included in Musicplay 1

The Musicplay 1 CDs have more than 100 musical selections! Child and adult voices are used, and there are many recordings licensed from popular children’s entertainers. Accompaniments include Orff arrangements, piano accompaniments and orchestrated accompaniments. Performance songs on the CDs have both performance tracks and accompaniment tracks - you can use the accompaniments only for your performances. Multicultural songs feature authentic performances - the songs are in original languages and are sung by native singers. Many of the multicultural songs are game songs that appeal to children even though the language and sound may be unfamiliar.

All of the recordings are available to download for the teachers who do not have a disk drive. With disk drives being phased out of use, many of our teachers can no longer access the music tracks that are included with the Teacher's Guides! To keep up with technology, we are introducing a new system based on codes. 

When you purchase and receive a Musicplay Teacher's Guide you will find a unique code tucked inside. This code will allow you to unlock the MP3s and have them digitally delivered to your computer. Please click here for more detailed instructions.  (You will still receive the CDs with your teacher's guide.)


Assessment suggestions are given throughout the teacher’s guides.

Checklists of important skills are included if your district requires the use of them.

Reproducibles are included in Musicplay 2-6.

Musicplay supports and enhances science, social studies, and language arts curriculums. in first grade, songs to teach vowels and consonants are included. The Big Book for Grade 1 or the Musicplay 1 Digital Resources are a wonderful early literacy tool providing many opportunities for shared reading. Students will develop reading skills while they learn music. View the song list to see the many songs that reinforce and support the themes that you teach in Grade 1.

Musicplay is a curriculum that can be used by a classroom teacher with limited musical training. However, music specialists will appreciate the planning and sequencing that is done for them. Musicplay is used throughout Canada and the USA and in many international schools.


Plan: Year Plans for K-6
Book: Musicplay Grade 1 Lesson Samples
Book: Grade 1 Song List
Book: Ontario Grade 1 Correlations
Book: Grade 1 Scope & Sequence
Audio: Choo Choo Train
Audio: Sam the Robot Man

Musicplay 1 Song List:

1. Dooby Dooby Doo
3. Little Red Wagon
4. Snail Snail
5. Sam the Robot Man
6. The Music Time is Over
7. The Grand Duke of York
8. Wheels on the Bus
9. Choo Choo Train
11. Apples and Bananas
12. Counting Song
13. Hickory, Dickory Dock
14. Goin’ to Kentucky
15. Jack and Jill
16. Rock Around the Alphabet
17. Hop Old Squirrel
18. Ten in the Bed
20. Bye Low Baby Oh
21. I’m Thankful
22. High-Low
23. I Like Turkey
24. Hey Betty Martin
25. Five Fat Turkeys
26. Today is Monday
27. Magic Spell
28. The Witch’s Cat
29. Bats and Cats
31. Juanito 
32. Peace in my Heart
33. Just One Candle
34. Bounce the Ball
35. Thread the Needle
36. Cuckoo
37. Lucy Locket
39. The Other Day
40. The Bear Went Over the Mountain
41. Hello Game
42. Down by the Bay
43. Fais do do 
44. Pulchinello
45. Elevator
46. Hanukkah Fun
47. Lemonade
48. New Teeth for Christmas
49. Up on the Housetop
50. Ho Ho Ho!
51. The Bells on the Sleigh
52. Love My Slippers
53. Mary Had a Baby
54. One Big Family
55. Strawberry Shortcake
56. Pimpon
57. Vive le Compagnie
58. Icicles
59. Little Red Car
60. Tommy Tiddlemouse
61. Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes
62. Miss Lucy
64. Un, Deux, Trois
65. Michael Row
66. Rig a Jig Jig
67. Aikendrum
68. I Like You
69. Tick Tock
70. Haul Away Joe
71. Mr. Potato Head
72. Wishy Washy Wee
73. When I Was One
74. We Are Dancing in the Forest
75. I Know a Little Pussy
76. My Cat
77. The Old Gray Cat
78. Bee Bee Bumblebee
79. Bringin Home my Baby Bumblebee
80. Lucky Leprechaun
81. Eensy Weensy Spider
82. Bingo
83. My Dog
84. Train my Parents
85. Feelin’ Alive
86. Bow Wow Wow
87. Little Rabbit Foo Foo
88. Five Little Ducks
89. Bunny Hides a Basket
90. Hurry Easter Basket
91. Bunny Rabbit Boogie 
92. Let’s Save Water
93. Little Bunny
94. Apple Tree
95. Sing a Country Song
96. Old Dog Full of Fleas
97. That’s My Mom
98. Down on Grandpa’s Farm 
99. Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
100. Savez vous planter les choux
101. How Many Fingers?
102. La Vibora,
103. El Coqui
104. Heebie Jeebies
105. Charlie Over the Ocean
106. Five More Days Til Vacation
107. The Eat Song
108. O Canada
109. My Country ‘tis of Thee
110. Star Spangled Banner
111. You’re a Grand Old Flag

Musicplay Grade 1 Digital Resources

For teachers with a Smartboard, IWB or computer/projector

What’s included:

Every musical selection that is in Musicplay 1 is given in 3 formats 

1. PowerPoint with audio
2. QuickTime movie of the song lyrics - just click and the song plays, switching the slides for you
3. Smartboard Files (audio is inserted into the one slide lyrics)

Each presentation includes:

  • Musical notation
  • Song lyrics with colorful illustrations - great for shared reading!
  • One slide lyrics
  • Color coded Boomwhacker® melodies for simple reading and scale songs
  • Slides to teach students how to read music: rhythm, melody, expression
  • Kids demo movies of many of the singing games
  • Orff arrangements
  • Searchable Excel index
  • Links to excellent websites
  • If teachers have a Smartboard in their classroom, they can use all the interactivity of the board when using the Smart Notebook files.


Powerpoint: Grand Old Duke of York
PPT as PDF: Grand Old Duke of York
SMART Board: Grand Old Duke Notebook

Digital Resources Samples