New Programs for Concerts with John Jacobson and Denise Gagne

How far ahead to you plan your programs? We have new options this year from John Jacobson’s JJ&Me site and from Musicplay!  You’ll get ideas for Nov. 11th, Holiday Concerts, and Spring Concerts. John Jacobson and Denise Gagne will share their musicals, revues, and great choral pieces for this upcoming season.  
You can register for our webinar with Denise and John here: Register for Webinar!
There are now eleven programs on MusicplayOnline - five for holiday concerts and six for any time of year.

Cold Snap

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Might be accurately title Cold Snap Around the World

Cold Snap is a new multi-cultural holiday musical celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, and Christmas. What do you do when you’re stuck at school due to a sudden cold snap? Of course, share your customs and traditions with each other and celebrate the festive season together. 

  • Toyland Toybox
  • Cold Snap
  • Story of the Hanukkah (lively, fun choreography)
  • Las Posadas – like choreography
  • Kwanza Tonight – lively, good moves, like this (throw confetti..)
  • There is Hope in the Air This Christmas
  • The Holiday Swing
Suggested Grades:  Upper Elementary!

Star Bucks 

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 This is a great show!

Ever wonder what would happen if Rudolf’s nose is unable to shine? Well, look no further, this brand new musical has all those answers and more! 

  • Shine 
  • Stressed – lots of parents will relate
  • One Star – ballad, singing to Santa
  • Star Bucks Jingle - Fanfare for audition
  • Dancer – fun choreography – like Fred Astaire, one deer show
  • Prancer – cute
  • Reindeer Rap – kids will love this 


Cookies! The Musical

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Here’s a fantastic K-2 musical celebrating togetherness and friendship as well as learning to accept each person for their differences. Through the eyes of a cookie bake sale, these cute and whimsical cookie characters come to life for your audience.

  • A Baker’s Round
  • My Batch
  • Who Wants a Cookie
  • New Friends
  • Hip Hip Hooray
  • Bow Wows

Suggested Grades:  K-2


Survival Santa

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Santa has a problem - He’s a million dollars over budget! The only way he can think of to come up with a million dollars is to be a contestant on Survival III at the North Pole. In the end, the final contestants decide that it’s better to work together than to compete and Santa gets the money to finish the toys in time for Christmas.

  1. Reindeer Love to Boogie
  2. Fill my Stocking
  3. I am a Candy Cane Kid
  4. Santa Claus is Cool
  5. Snowy Day
  6. Snowboarding Santa
  7. Working Together
  8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Suggested Grades:  K-5
Can be used as an all school concert.



The Smallest Christmas Star

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This short musical (approx. 20 min) tells the Christmas story from the point of view of the Christmas star. It’s a cute story with lots of humor and lovely songs.

  1.  Just Try
  2. Shining on the Earth
  3. The Road to Bethlehem
  4. Glory to God in the Highest
  5. Little Star
Sacred musical - gr. 2-6



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Here’s a hippety hoppety good time for your K-2 singers. Featuring a story of sharing… and of course bunnies, this folk dance field frolicking NEW musical will be an audience hit.

  • The Bunnie Song
  • Friendship Song
  • How!!
  • Adorable
  • The Bunny Hop

Suggested Grades:  K-2
This is SUPER CUTE!!!  It's Adorable!


Big Dreams

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Bringing together the music of past and present JJ and Me songs and arrangements, Big Dreams celebrates a young persons dreams and desires. The script provides you, the educator, the opportunity to highlight or select other songs to weave into the materials.

  • Where Our Dreams Begin ©
  • Big Dreams
  • Everybody Say Yes
  • Rockstar
  • I Shall Not Be Moved

Suggested Grades:  2-5


American Song: A Patriotic Celebration

Here is a brand new musical review with a John Jacobson original script featuring patriotic song and originals. The script views our nation’s history focusing on the question: What is the American song?

  • We the People
  • I Shall not be Moved
  • Soldier, This Song I Sing for You
  • Give my Regards to Cohan
  • Big Dreams
  • Hold Onto Your Dreams
  • American Song

Suggested Grades:  Upper Elementary!


Just Sing!

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Theming many of our inspirational and pop hits, here is another original review highlighting friendship, kindness, and greatness.

  1. Three Little Birds.©
  2. Gimme Gimme (JJ) or Dynamite©
  3. Operation New Me©
  4. Hold Onto Your Dreams (JJ) and/or Be a Light©
  5. Stand Up©
  6. Live Laugh Love (JJ)
  7. Just Sing©
Optional Encore: Sing Our Song (JJ)  or Sky Full Of Stars© (Coldplay)
Suggested Grades:  Upper Elementary!
Note - printed scores are not online for copyright songs (©).  We will give links to sites to download lyrics, and encourage you to teach the songs by rote, using the lyrics.  Acc/Vocal mp3s are provided.


The Best Pet Show Ever

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This 20 minute K-3 musical is about pets and pet owner responsibility. Sing about cats, dogs, bunnies and snakes.

  1. We're Having a Pet Show
  2. My Cat
  3. My Dog
  4. I Don't Have a Pet
  5. My Charming Snake
  6. The Bunny Hop
  7. Let's Hear it for the SPCA!
  8. Pet Owners Rap
  9. We Had a Pet Show 
Suggested Grades:  K-3

We've Only Got One Planet

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A musical revue that teaches kids (and grownups) about environmental concerns. 

  1. One Planet
  2. Garbage
  3. Compost
  4. Recycle
  5. Let's Save Water
  6. Walk, Run, Ride a Bike
  7. Plant a Tree
  8. Make a Difference

Suggested Grades:  K-5
Can be used as an all school concert.


Additional Resources published by Themes & Variations

These are available as downloads (or print/ship) at
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.
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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


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 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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