Musicplay Grade 3 Teacher's Guide + Digital Resources

Themes & Variations

SKU: 3PK-1

Musicplay Grade 3 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 3 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 (101 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, movement)
  • Classified indexes (theme, multicultural, holiday, seasonal, patriotic, 1-chord, 2-chord, song type, and genre)
  • Performance / Vocal / Accompaniment mp3s (101 songs)
  • Listening Resource Kit 3 (30 excerpts of classical pieces for easy listening)

Scope and Sequence & the Year Plan

Musicplay Grade 3 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, ostinato, melody, harmony, instrumental technique, creating, form, expression, cultural and historical context, listening, and creating cross-curriculum connections. The year plan also includes themes and movement.

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.

101 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 3 teacher’s guide also comes with the Listening Resource Kit 3 teacher guide. In this bonus resource, you get 30 listening excerpts from well-known western classical selections edited for Grade 3 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 3 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!

Materials Include

  • 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

  • I Like Singin'
  • Number Concentration
  • Nothing
  • I'm Glad I'm Back at School
  • Missus Tong
  • Plainsies, Clapsies
  • No Robbers Out Today
  • "Cover" by Frances M. Frost
  • Whoopee Cushion
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Turkey Lurkey
  • Shake the Papaya
  • Pass a Beanbag
  • Seasons
  • I’m Thankful
  • Third Base Coaches' Dance
  • Bells in the Steeple
  • Seven Up
  • Indian Summer
  • Ceremonial Dance
  • Something’s Hiding
  • Skin and Bones
  • Closet Key
  • Trampin’
  • Pass the Broom
  • "In a Dark, Dark Wood"
  • Nothing but Peace
  • Remember Flanders Fields
  • Old Brass Wagon
  • In Flanders Fields
  • Children Together
  • Long-Legged Sailor
  • Bonhomme, bonhomme
  • The Woodwind Family
  • Playin’ on the Washboard
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Oh, I Wish I Were
  • Shake Them ‘Simmons
  • We Come from Pluto
  • A Sailor Went to Disneyland
  • "Sea Shell" by Amy Lowell
  • It’s a Holiday
  • Island Steel Pan
  • Paw Paw Patch
  • Santa Claus is Coming
  • King’s Land
  • Makin’ Christmas Cookies
  • Christmas Spice
  • Noche buena
  • January First
  • Koto
  • In the Land of Oz
  • Donkeys Love Carrots
  • Double, Double
  • Tideo
  • The Brass Family
  • Pirate Song
  • Yummy Yum Yum
  • The Percussion Family
  • Head and Shoulders, Baby
  • New Shoes
  • "The Months" by C. Rossetti
  • Got a Hat Hat
  • Sakura
  • The Log Driver’s Waltz
  • Love Somebody
  • Ton moulin
  • An Austrian Went Yodeling
  • Donkey Riding
  • E Papä
  • Eating Is Fun
  • Shiny Penny
  • Coy Malindo
  • Song of the Frog
  • Old Blue
  • Playing in the House
  • Irish Reel
  • The String Family
  • Be-believe in You
  • Stella Ella Olla
  • Alouette
  • "Hopping Frog" by C.Rossetti
  • "Who Has Seen the Wind?"
  • "The Wind"
  • When You Dream a Dream
  • The Wind
  • I Love the Mountains
  • Rabbits
  • Hide Those Eggs
  • "April" by Sara Teasdale
  • Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Didgeridoo
  • Find the Basket
  • Walk, Run, Ride a Bike
  • El florón
  • Mariachi
  • Swedish March
  • Inuit Lullaby
  • Tingalayo
  • Kaaniiskina
  • El burrito enfermo
  • Someone’s Tapping
  • Just Friends
  • "Caterpillar" by C. Rosetti
  • Old Grandma
  • Chicken in the Barnyard
  • La pulga
  • The Provinces
  • "The Squirrel"
  • Paddy from Home
  • Feller from Fortune
  • "Climbing" by Amy Lowell
  • Spider Song
  • Zulu Tribal Dance
  • O Canada
  • Star Spangled Banner

Materials Included

  • Printed Book [ 252 Pages ]
  • Audio mp3s Downloads [ 202 ]
  • Listening Resource Kit 3
  • Song PowerPoints
  • PDF of PowerPoints
  • Lyrics and Notation Videos
  • Note Highlight Videos
  • Teacher and/or Kids Demos


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