3 New Instructional Drumming Resources on MusicplayOnline

We have added 3 new instructional resources to our drumming section! Read more below about these fantastic additions to MusicplayOnline! 

Djembe with Drummer Dan

This is a series of lessons for beginners that teach how to play the drums using Dan's ideas - he uses manipulatives in unique ways into help students really understand beat and how rhythm is organized within the beat.
In addition to his lessons, Drummer Dan is arranging some Musicplay songs for drum.
Whether you're new to teaching drumming, or an experienced drumming teacher, you're going to get some great ideas for your drumming classes in this webinar.
The Djembe Section 
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Frame Drum by James Allen  

Initially self- taught by grooving to classic rock records, James earned a BM in music performance from SUNY Purchase, did three national tours as a show drummer, then went on to complete a master's in music performance at Yale. James studied Latin percussion at the Boys Harbor in Spanish Harlem, and honed his hand drumming chops by accompanying dance classes. James obtained his teaching certificate from Central Connecticut State University and is now in his 21st year teaching music in Darien, Connecticut, focusing on the Orff Schulwerk methodology. He obtained his level 1 Orff training last summer. James also plays middle eastern percussion (including frame drum, riq and dumbek) with a Sephardic group and presents workshops on applying frame drums in the music classroom. He composes for the frame drum as well, having recently published a duet and a solo piece for the instrument. James also plays drum set regularly with a jazz trio.
The Frame Drum Section
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 Drum Play by Dave Holland 

Dave Holland is a high energy world percussionist, a teaching artist, and a drum circle facilitator. He has traveled the world to study rhythm and culture. Then, he returned to his home in the U.S. to create rhythm-based programs for kids, community, and corporate settings. As the owner of 'Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events', Dave believes that interactive rhythm experiences have a unique power to create long-lasting connections to one’s community, history, and culture. Dave has presented at the 'Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference', the 'National Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild Conference', the 'National Music Educators’ Conference', and many statewide music educator conferences across the U.S.  He is the author of notable resources for rhythm-based facilitators, including 'Drumagination', 'Interactive Rhythm', and 'Body Jammin'. He is also the creator of the online training course 'World Rhythm 101' and the live workshop 'Drum Circle Classroom'.
Dave Holland's DrumPlay written for MusicplayOnline has 6 thirty minute lessons with additional practice.  Dave has also written teacher's guides for each lesson.  These are great for teacher's just starting with drums, or for experienced teachers to explore more world drumming.  This is an amazing resource!!!

We will have Dave do a webinar for us in 2023!
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Watch our webinar HERE FOR FREE! 

Programs Available on Musicplayonline:

Star Bucks

By John Jacobson

Cold Snap

By John Jacobson

Christmas Cookies

By John Jacobson


By John Jacobson

Big Dreams

By John Jacobson

American Song

By John Jacobson

Just Sing

By John Jacobson

Survival Santa

By Denise Gagne

The Best Pet Show Ever

By Denise Gagne

The Smallest Christmas Star

By Denise Gagne

By Denise Gagne

Coming soon: Razz-a-ma-jazz!

Additional Resources published by Themes & Variations

These are available as downloads (or print/ship) at www.store.musicplay.ca

All are affordably priced ($20-40) and include perf/acc mp3s, piano/vocal scores, and musicals or reviews include scripts.

These include permissions to perform, and permissions to reproduce vocal scores or lyrics for your students.

Celebrate Around the World Cover Art

Celebrate Around the World
This collection includes traditional and composed songs from many different cultures. You could use this as your winter concert, or you could teach the songs any time of year as part of a multicultural study


Festivals and Holidays

Festival and Holidays

Festivals and Holidays is a musical revue exploring celebrations around the world. The songs are unison or easy two-part suitable for classroom or choir, and staging is simple.



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This is a fantastic musical about our favourite season!  Includes lyrics, script, performance/accompaniment tracks, and PDF to project. Use it as your holiday concert 



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Is Santa Smarter?

Is Santa smarter than the kids in your school? It’s a Christmas musical/revue featuring your school’s fifth graders on a game show with Santa as a celebrity contestant trying to win enough money to pay for the high cost of gas to power his sleigh. 


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The Best Gift Ever

The Buymore Shopping Mall has a contest - tell what the best Christmas gift is, and WIN that gift! The shoppers have many unique gift ideas - toys, candy, new teeth, slippers, and baking. But it’s the Charity Bell ringer that has the best gift idea - a Christmas meal for the homeless.


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Slapshot Santa Scores Again!
Santa dreams that he’s scored a goal in the NHL and decides that he’s going to practice hockey until he can play with his favorite hockey star.
Production on the Christmas toys falls further and further behind while Santa is out practicing his slapshot. The elves make some hasty phone calls and Santa’s favorite hockey team flies to the North Pole to have an exhibition game.


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Christmas Favorites
Thirteen songs for your class or choir that will be sure to be student favorites! The teacher's guide includes the piano/vocal arrangements for 10 songs, choreography suggestions for some, and reproducible student pages for 7 songs.
Includes Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer


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The Christmas Concert Idea Book

Would you like some drama in your Christmas concert without producing a full length musical? The ‘Christmas Concert Idea Book’ is a collection of skits and songs, each of which is suitable for a K-6 class (or choir) to perform at a Christmas concert. 


Kinder Music Christmas Collection

Kinder Christmas Collection

Here is a collection of songs ready for your next Christmas concert! Your students will enjoy performing them, and their parents will love watching! This collection includes traditional favorites and original songs. You'll find something for everyone!


K-3 Christmas Concert Ideas Cover ArtK-3 Christmas Concert Ideas

Do you need an idea for your K-3 class for a Christmas assembly or concert?
Here are 20+ ideas: Songs, plays, poems, reader’s theatre, dances - each of which is suitable for a K-3 class to perform at a Christmas concert.


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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays is a collection of Christmas and Holiday songs. Not only have we given several traditional carols a fresh new sound by weaving together interesting medleys but there are also new carols to help you and your singers rejoice in a festive spirit this holiday season.

Chants de Noël Cover ArtChants de Noël

Each year teachers request music materials for French Immersion classes. This publication has wonderful unison or 2 part arrangements of seven Christmas songs for your French Immersion classes or your English school choir!


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Holiday Songs for Guitar and Ukulele

This collection of holiday songs for Guitar and Ukulele includes arrangements of 40 Holiday, Christmas, and Hanukkah songs. Many of the arrangements are given in alternate keys, so they are all playable on both the guitar or ukulele and in appropriate ranges for children’s voices!


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We Remember

Your Remembrance Day/Veterans Day assembly will be easy to plan when you use the songs, poems, and quotes in this collection. The entire collection is beautiful and very singable for young classes or choirs. The songs will be a moving tribute to all veterans. 

Holiday Songs for Recorder Cover ArtHoliday Songs for Recorder

14 traditional and multicultural songs for unison, 2-part and 3-part soprano recorder. Includes 30 reproducible student pages in regular and “kid note” notation. This is an excellent way for you to incorporate recorders into your Christmas or winter concert.


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Holiday Orff Source

NEW!!!  The Holiday Orff Source includes 14 lessons using the Orff process and instruments that vary from simple songs for PreK-K-1 to accompany a storybook, to interesting instrumental arrangements for older students. The students will have opportunities in the lessons to sing, play, move, listen and improvise. 


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