Musicplay Grade 2 Teacher's Guide + Listening Kit 2

Themes & Variations

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About Musicplay

Musicplay is an award-winning music curriculum for elementary schools and 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 include seasonal and holiday repertoire. The planning is done for the teacher!

Lesson Planning

Year Plans, scope and sequence, month outlines, and detailed weekly lessons are included for each grade.

Year Plan and Scope & Sequence

The year plan offers a brief overview of the entire year and how each area will be addressed. The scope and sequence is a one page document that expresses the learning objectives for the entire year. 

SampleMusicplay Grade 2 Scope and Sequence with Year Plan Sample [PDF]

Month Lesson Outlines

Monthly Lesson Outlines give you the month at a glance and includes the songs from the song list, learning modules available on MusicplayOnline, and additional options for each week throughout the school year. 

SampleMusicplay Grade 2 Month Outline Sample [PDF]

Weekly Lessons

39 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.

SampleMusicplay Grade 2 Week Sample [PDF]

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.


Performance (vocal) and accompaniment tracks are included in the teacher’s guides! You can embed the audio into your presentation (PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.) and use the recordings seamlessly in your classroom. 

Musicplay 2 has more than 95 musical selections! Child and adult voices are used. Accompaniments include Orff arrangements, piano accompaniments, and orchestrated accompaniments. Performance songs 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.


Assessment suggestions are given throughout the teacher’s guides.

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

SampleMusicplay Grade 2 Beat and Rhythm Rubrics Sample [PDF]

Curriculum Connections and Diversity

Musicplay supports and enhances science, social studies, and language arts curriculums. In second grade, songs to teach vowels and consonants are included. The Musicplay 2 student books, Digital Resources, and MusicplayOnline are wonderful literacy tools that provide many opportunities for shared reading. Students will develop reading skills while they learn music. 

Poetry and chants are also included in Musicplay 2. Review the song list below for a complete list of songs, chants, poetry, and teaching tips. 

Diversity is an important topic at Musicplay and we are constantly working on developing a program that is responsive and equitable. Please review our 2021 changes that have been applied to the program: Equity and Diversity in Musicplay

Materials Included:

  • Musicplay Grade 2 Printed Binder
  • Vocal and Accompaniment Tracks (Audio MP3s)
  • Listening Resource Kit 2
  • 3 months of complimentary access to MusicplayOnline (must be requested by the purchaser once the binder has been received)

Song List

1 Welcome to Music 33 Napoléon 68a.a "John, John the Leprechaun" (author unknown)
2 O Canada 34 Lukey's Boat 68a.b Cookie Jar Chant
3 My Country, 'Tis of Thee 35 On Top of Spaghetti 68a.c Mmm, Cookies!
4 Ridin' That New River Train 36 Bluebells 69 A Pizza Hut
5 Engine, Engine Number Nine 37 Johnny Caught a Flea 70 Ain't Gonna Rain No More
5a.a How to Label Beat and Rhythm 37a.a Creating an Accompaniment for a Poem 71 Rain on the Green Grass
5a.b Posture Chant 37a.b "Extremes" by James Whitcomb Riley 71a.a "Don't Say Ain't!" (author unknown)
5a.c Line Up Chant 37a.c "Jack Frost" 72 Father Abraham
5a.d The Music Time is Over 37a.d A New Solfa Note: Do 72a.a Rain Poems
6 Hill, Hill 38 Tap It Here, Tap It There 72a.b Performance Idea: Rain
7 Poor Little Bug on the Wall 39 Pease Porridge Hot 73 Hot Cross Buns
7a.a How Music is Written 40 O Hanukkah 74 Garbage
7a.b How to Label So and Mi 41 Who's That? 75 Find the Easter Basket
7a.c Listen to the Rhythm 41a.a How to Label Do 75a.a Label Re
8 Paddle in My Kayak 42 Holiday Round 76 I Can Do the Bunny Hop Too!
9 I Can Sing a High Note 43 Ring, Ring, Ring the Bells 77 Recycle
I've Been Working on the Railroad 44 Rocks for Christmas 78 Rabbits
10 Bounce High 44a.a Devleoping the Singing Voice 79 Hide the Easter Eggs
10a.a How to Label Accent and Bar Lines 45 Jolly Old St. Nicholas 80 Salish Hand Game
11 John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt 45a.a The Nutcracker 80a.a "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer
12 Obwisana 45a.b Reflect on a Performance 80a.b "The Echo" (author unknown)
13 Bell Horses 46 Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums 80a.c Performance Idea: Earth Day Program
13a.a Dynamics: Loud and Soft 47 Trampin' 80a.d The Whole Note
13a.b Ties 48 Japanese New Year Song 81 Oh, My Aunt Came Back
13a.c How to Label La 49 Mouse, Mousie 82 Johnny One Hammer
14 Tony Chestnut 49a.a Haiku by Matsuo Basho 82a.a Creating Melodic Ostinato
15 Thanks a Lot! 50 Boom Boom 83 Mom, You're the Best!
16 Time to Play 51 I Like to Play the Instruments 84 Juguemos en el bosque
17 I'm the Fastest Turkey 52 Oliver Twist 85 Japanese Frog Song
17a.a Tempo: Fast and Slow 53 Haul on the Bowlin' 86 Frog in the Middle
17a.b Rhythm 54 Pass the Stick 87 Row, Row, Row Your Boat
18 Falling Leaves 54a.a Solfa Practice Using Do Mi So 88 Bought Me a Cat
19 I Am a Fine Musician 55 Love Grows Under the Wild Oak Tree 89 Sur le pont d'Avignon
20 Icka Backa 56 Gitsigakomim 90 The Chinese Fan
20a We Like Playing Games Together 57 I Sent a Valentine 91 Kagome
21 What's That Creature? 58 The More We Get Together 92 Canada in My Pocket
22 Birds and Bats 59 I See the Moon 93 Swimming
23 Pass the Witch's Broomstick 60 Circle Round the Zero 94 Goin' on a Picnic
24 Witch's Stew 60a.a Cinnamon Heart Listening Activity 94a.a "Ooey Gooey Marshmallows" (author unknown)
25 Old Mother Witch 60a.b "The Moon" by Robert Louis Stephenson 95 Here Comes a Bluebird
25a.a Creating Rhythm Ostinato 61 Ham and Eggs 96 Down Came Johnny
26 The Grand Old Duke Of York 62 My Cat Boo 97 Let Us Chase the Squirrel
27 Starlight 63 I'se the B'y 98 Christopher McCracken
28 Sing for Peace 64 Cut the Cake 99 Orchestral Instrument Families
29 Make a Difference 65 A Sailor Went to Sea 99a Classroom Instruments
29a What Can I Do? 65a.a Performance Idea: A Sea Story 99b The Woodwind Family
30 This Way That-a-way 65a.b Compare the Elements: Art and Music 99c The Brass Family
30a.a "If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking" by Emily Dickinson 66 It's Raining, It's Pouring 99d The Percussion Family
31 Peace Like a River 67 The Lollipop Tree 99e The String Family
32 Doggie, Doggie 68 St. Patrick's Day Jig

Samples from the Teacher's Guide:

Teacher Guide Samples [PDF]

Audio Samples [MP3]