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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!
Hi, Neighbor!

"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


  • Michael calls back to playing the cello in future episodes. He specifically refers to this episode in Everyone is Special (episode), 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.
  • The different music types on the fixed record are a waltz, an instrumental version of Japanese song "Sakura Sakura," and a polka.
  • Barney's voice is starting to sound like the Season 2 voice, but his low voice still lasts through the second season.
  • This marks the first time Tosha is seen with Luci and Tina.
  • Michael's same shirt is shown in "Doctor Barney is Here!".
  • This is the fourth episode to feature only one boy (Michael).
  • The song "If You're Happy and You Know It" plays during the story "Emmit the Elephant Joins the Band".
  • In some different versions of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, there was a rock and roll version of the song played by Greg Murray being inspired by the early 1900s version.
  • The song "I Am a Fine Musician" now uses Barney's higher-pitched voice.
  • In some speaking dialogue Bob West does, Barney's high voice is used when he says something like "I knew you could play it Michael, I just KNEW IT!!!" and "It sounds like you're almost there Michael" or even when he says "I love Music!". (see other description above about his voice).
  • Although Pop Goes the Weasel, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Frere Jacques and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star were played on the piano, the children don't sing any of those songs.
  • The clavioline keyboard is heard when Luci plays Row, Row, Row Your Boat with her feet.

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