Musicplay Grade 1 Teacher's Guide + Digital Resources

Themes & Variations

SKU: 1PK-1

Musicplay Grade 1 is a comprehensive program that offers a diverse range of songs and activities, providing you with options to teach concepts and skills your way. The sequencing of reading songs aligns with both Orff and Kodaly processes, so you know you’re getting a well-rounded program.

At the core of the Musicplay Grade 1 Teacher Guide, you'll find a suggested lesson plan, but here's the beauty: it's a menu. You know your students and community best. Customize your curriculum by choosing the songs and activities that align with your state or province requirements. You choose the songs and activities that hold the most appeal for you and your students.

Let Musicplay be your guiding framework while empowering you to make the choices that best suit your unique teaching style and the needs of your students.

Quick Summary

  • 40 weekly detailed lessons
  • A year plan
  • Month outlines (August – June)
  • Song notation + teaching suggestions (110 songs)
  • Curriculum connections (language arts, drama, math, social studies, science, daily PE, dance, health, social skills)
  • Assessment rubrics and checklists (beat & rhythm, melody, expression, timbre, create, perform, self-reflection)
  • Classified indexes (theme, assessments, multicultural music, holiday, seasonal, patriotic, song type, and genre)
  • Performance / Vocal / Accompaniment mp3s (110 songs)
  • Listening Resource Kit 1 (43 excerpts of classical pieces for easy listening)

Scope and Sequence & the Year Plan

Musicplay Grade 1 prepares, presents, and practices new concepts in a reinforcing way to ensure that the students are always having fun and being supported.

Areas of focus in the scope and sequence include beat and rhythm, melody, expression, instrumental technique, creating, movement, form, cultural and historical context, and listening. The year plan also includes themes.

Month Outlines

Month outlines have three categories: song lists, lesson modules, and additional options. The month outline will give you the entire Musicplay song list with key concepts for each song. The list includes accompanying listening selections for each week. Many teachers highlight the songs that they want to use and loosely follow the monthly outlines. 

Week at a Glance

The week at a glance is a summarized look at the song list and where there are opportunities to sing, move, listen, read, write, create, and assess. It also includes the songs and activities that are used in the pre-built lesson on MusicplayOnline.

110 Songs

The concepts, I can statements, and core arts standards for every song are clearly labeled at the top of the song’s page. Below the song’s notation, you will find game directions, teaching purpose, and teaching suggestions. In addition, every song has suggested activities under headings such as playing and creating, music reading and writing, assessment, and curriculum connections. Each song comes with a vocal/performance mp3 and an accompaniment mp3.

Most of these songs have additional printables, interactives, videos, arrangements, and more that can be accessed on MusicplayOnline with a valid subscription.


Download the vocal/performance mp3s to save your voice or help support a performance. Accompaniment mp3s are also available for performances.

Classical Listening – Bonus Resource!

The Musicplay Grade 1 teacher’s guide also comes with the Listening Resource Kit 1 teacher guide. In this bonus resource, you get 43 listening excerpts from well-known western classical selections edited for Grade 1 students. Each listening excerpt includes objectives, information about the composition and composer, and suggested activities. The classical excerpts are not available to download on MusicplayOnline but they are available as downloadable mp3s with this product.

I have MusicplayOnline - What’s the difference?

The printed materials included in this teacher guide are accessible across MusicplayOnline, but they are spread across the website rather than in one single location. Having the printed teacher’s guide saves you assembly time and the printing costs of assembling your own teacher's guide.

On MusicplayOnline you do have access to download the song accompaniment mp3s. However, MusicplayOnline does not allow you to download song vocal mp3s. Gain instant access to downloadable song vocal mp3s and classical listening excerpt mp3s with this teacher’s guide, perfect for offline situations such as gym performances or unexpected internet disruptions.

Finally, the world has moved to the internet but that doesn’t mean you have to. If you prefer using a printed program with audio mp3s or don’t have the internet signal to support teaching from a website, this printed teacher’s guide is for you.

Musicplay Grade 1 Digital Resources

The digital resource package includes all the digital content that compliments the Musicplay curriculum. If you’ve ever had the WiFi in your school let you down, having access to the song videos, PowerPoints or mp3s is very helpful!

Quick Summary

  • Song PowerPoints
  • PDF of PowerPoints
  • Lyrics and Notation Videos
  • Note Highlight Videos
  • Teacher and/or Kids Demos
  • Audio mp3s
  • Searchable Excel Index

Each Song PowerPoint Includes

  • Musical notation
  • Song lyrics with colorful illustrations - great for shared reading!
  • One slide lyrics: All lyrics for each song are given on one slide for times that the teacher doesn’t want to click through a PowerPoint.
  • Color-coded Boomwhacker® melodies for simple reading and scale songs
  • Slides to teach students melody, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, form, and expression.
  • Orff arrangements or Bordun suggestions for many songs.
  • Links to related websites for many songs.

Resource Index

  • Dooby Dooby Dooby Doo
  • Mountaintop Monster
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Snail, Snail
  • Sam the Robot Man
  • The Music Time Is Over
  • Listen to the Rhythm
  • One, Two, Three
  • The Grand Old Duke of York
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Choo Choo Train
  • I Don't Know
  • Apples and Bananas
  • Counting Song
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Goin' to Kentucky
  • Grandma's Glasses
  • Jack and Jill
  • Rock Around the Alphabet
  • Hop Old Squirrel
  • Ten in the Bed
  • Kye Kye Koolay
  • Bye Low Baby Oh
  • I’m Thankful
  • High Low
  • I Like Turkey
  • Hey, Betty Martin
  • Five Fat Turkeys
  • Today Is Monday
  • Magic Spell
  • The Witch’s Cat
  • Bats and Cats
  • Monster Walk
  • Juanito
  • Deedle, Dumpling
  • Peace in My Heart
  • Just One Candle
  • Bounce the Ball
  • Thread and Needle
  • Cuckoo
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Goin' on a Bear Hunt
  • The Other Day
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain
  • The Echo
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Hello Game
  • Down by the Bay
  • Fais dodo
  • Punchinello
  • Elevator
  • Hanukkah Fun
  • Lemonade
  • One Green Jelly Bean
  • New Teeth for Christmas
  • Up on the Housetop
  • Ho, Ho, Ho!
  • The Bells on the Sleigh
  • Love My Slippers
  • Mary Had a Baby
  • When Santa Claus Comes
  • One Big Family
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Pimpón
  • Vive la compagnie
  • Icicles
  • Little Red Car
  • Tommy Tiddlemouse
  • Singing
  • Soap Bubbles
  • Whistle
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Miss Lucy
  • Gonna Have a Good Time
  • Un, deux, trois
  • Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
  • Rig a Jig Jig
  • Aikendrum
  • I Like You
  • Tick Tock
  • Haul Away Joe
  • Potato Head
  • Wishy Washy Wee
  • When I Was One
  • We Are Dancing in the Forest
  • Skateboard Rider
  • My Cat
  • The Old Gray Cat
  • John, John the Leprechaun
  • I Can Do the Bunny Hop Too!
  • Bee Bee Bumblebee
  • Baby Bumblebee
  • Lucky Leprechaun
  • Here Is the Beehive
  • Eensy Weensy Spider
  • Bingo
  • My Dog
  • Train My Parents
  • Bingo poem
  • High Low Game
  • Feelin’ Alive
  • Bow Wow Wow
  • Little Rabbit Foo Foo
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Bunny Hides a Basket
  • Hurry, Easter Bunny
  • Bunny Rabbit Boogie
  • Let’s Save Water
  • Little Bunny
  • Apple Tree
  • Sing a Country Song
  • Old Dog, Full of Fleas
  • That's My Mom
  • Down on Grandpa’s Farm
  • Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
  • Savez-vous planter les choux?
  • How Many Fingers?
  • A la víbora de la mar
  • Chicken Little Story
  • El coqui
  • Heebie Jeebies
  • Charlie Over the Ocean
  • Five More Days Till Vacation
  • The Eat Song
  • O Canada
  • My Country, 'Tis of Thee
  • Star Spangled Banner
  • You’re a Grand Old Flag
  • Jumping Game

Materials Included


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