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Barney & Friends
Practice Makes Music
Season 1, Episode 20
Air date May 1, 1992
Written by Mark S. Bernthal
Directed by Jim Rowley
Episode List
1-2-3-4-5 Senses!
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"Practice Makes Music" is the 20th episode of Season 1 of Barney & Friends.


Michael is scheduled to play a cello solo at the school concert in a few days, and he is nervous about playing in front of all those people. Barney invites his friend Greg Murray to teach the kids about music, and help Michael learn that "practice makes perfect." Barney and his friends learn to identify musical instruments and their sounds, and to appreciate all the different varieties of music.

Educational Theme: Different Genres of Music and Perseverance

Stories: Emmit the Elephant Joins the Band


  • Barney (Body: David Joyner, Voice: Bob West)
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  • Michael (Brian Eppes)
  • Tosha (Hope Cervantes)
  • Tina (Jessica Zucha)
  • Luci (Leah Gloria)
  • Greg Murray (Himself)
  • Dancers

Song List

  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. Kookaburra
  3. The Crocodile Song
  4. Piano Medley: (Pop Goes the Weasel, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Frere Jacques, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
  5. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  6. Old Brass Wagon
  7. The Marching Song
  8. I Am a Fine Musician
  9. London Bridge
  10. Everyone is Special
  11. I Love You

International Edits

  • In the international cuts, and the Hebrew version, the Crocodile Song and I Am a Fine Musician were removed. Also in the Israeli version, Pop Goes the Weasel, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Frere Jacques were not played on the piano.


  • Michael would reference playing the cello in Everyone is Special, Picture This! and Sing and Dance with Barney.
  • This is the first episode where Luci plays "I Love You" on her guitar. She also does so in that episode, "Hola, Mexico!", in which it was also the second episode to feature that.
  • This is the fourth episode to have a guest star.
  • The different music types on the fixed record are a waltz, an instrumental version of the Japanese song "Sakura Sakura," and a polka.
  • Michael would later wear the same shirt in "Doctor Barney is Here!".
  • The song "If You're Happy and You Know It" plays during the story "Emmit the Elephant Joins the Band".
  • The feet piano on "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" sounds like an electronic keyboard called a clavioline which was used for "Runaway" by Del Shannon and "Baby You're a Rich Man" by The Beatles.

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