Music and Arts


  • The Crayon Factory | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Explore how crayons are made, the importance of art and creativity, and how to use the telephone. Mister Rogers makes a seat out of wood and leather, uses Picture Picture to learn how crayons are made, and talks about expressing yourself in art. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday decides to hold an art competition.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Musical Games | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    This episode shows a variety of games and activities, including making bubbles and playing musical games with a singing teacher. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe prepares for a big party at the castle.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Pottery and Playing with Clay | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    In this episode, learn about playing with clay and how artists make pottery and sculptures. Mister Rogers visits a ceramic artist who shows how pottery is made in a studio and hears about how children can express their creativity. Meanwhile, the Neighborhood of Make-Believe characters make portraits of King Friday.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Folk Music and Creativity | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers meets with his friend, folksinger Ella Jenkins, who shares a variety of musical games that children can play. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe talks more about musical and artistic creativity, and being honest about feelings with friends and family.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Brass Instruments and Playing with Bands | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers visits a brass quintet and learns about playing many different types of horn instruments and making music with a band. In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, characters prepare for the Bass Violin Festival.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Instruments from Around the World | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers visits his friend Tom O'Horgan and looks at his collection of rare and unique musical instruments from all over the globe. Tom shows how different cultures make their own special style of music, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe holds a festival that demonstrates many different types of music and performance.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Musical Instruments and Feeling Forgotten | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers builds, plays, and learns about different types of musical instruments and a celebration in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe has the entire town excited. Daniel Tiger feels as though he is forgotten by his friends, and talks about his feelings and accepting apologies from people who care about him.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Music, Singing, and Dancing | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers talks about different types of musicians and the instruments they play. He discusses different types of expression through song and dance. After introducing his own television studio musicians and watching them play his classic theme song, Mister Rogers speaks to a young pianist about the hard work behind mastering an instrument. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe characters talk about music, dancing, and being accepting of others.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Spoon Mountain Opera | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    This episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood talks about make-believe and imagining stories and features the performance of an opera, "Spoon Mountain." The story depicts themes of birthday celebrations, adventuring, and sharing one's goals and dreams.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • A Star for Kitty Opera | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    This episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood features the performance of an opera, A Star for Kitty. The story looks at themes of birthdays, families, learning to be accepted among friends.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Windstorm in Bubbleland | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers imagines an opera, A Windstorm in Bubbleland, that addresses themes of teamwork, trust, and self-confidence. This creative tale uses familiar faces from the series to tell the story of Bubbleland, and the fear of an incoming storm that might come to blow away all the town's bubbles. 

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Celebrations and Trumpets | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    In this episode, Mister Rogers plays on his new toy trumpet and shows how real trumpets are made in a factory. The Neighborhood of Make Believe prepares for a sudden celebration, and the cast talks about confidence and positive self-image.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Wynton Marsalis | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Famous jazz musician Wynton Marsalis comes to talk with Mister Rogers about playing the trumpet and finding the motivation to practice while he was young. He talks about expressing his emotions through music and joins with the studio band to play a few of his favorite songs. The cast of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe uses a telescope to look for a comet and continues to prepare for a celebration. 

    Grades: PreK-2
  • A Visit from Andre Watts | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers talks with pianist Andre Watts about finding his connection to the piano as a child, expressing emotions through his music, and making mistakes as a musician. The residents of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe worry about a missing friend who's embarrassed about her poetry.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Talking About Art | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    In this episode about art, Mister Rogers shows off a flip-book and paintings by Pablo Picasso. He talks about the different ways people can express themselves through art and visits a bakery where he meets singing Spanish bakers. Meanwhile, the Neighborhood of Make-Believe celebrates different types of artwork and portraiture.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Violins and Yo-Yo Ma | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    This episode shows how bass violins are made in a workshop, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe characters talk about embracing the diversity of musical talents. Mister Rogers sits down with the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who talks about his experience learning music as a child and the different emotions he can express through music.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Mistakes in a Bakery | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers visit the neighborhood bakery to sing folk-music with children and to learn about fixing mistakes. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe celebrates a poetry reading about making mistakes and understanding feelings.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Giving and Receiving | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    This episode talks about the joys of giving and receiving gifts, and Mister Rogers explores how fortune cookies are made in a factory. A stranger visits the Neighborhood of Make-Believe who gives gifts to everyone in town, and Mister Rogers goes to visit author Eric Carle, who talks about his unique creative process and the joy he finds in sharing his work with children.

    Grades: PreK-2
  • Talking About Dance | Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

    Mister Rogers talks about dance and visits the Dance Theater of Harlem, exploring how dance can require years of preparation in music, exercise, and creative training. The Neighborhood of Make-Believe looks at how dancing can express your feelings, and Mister McFeely drops by to show an old film about Waltzing.

    Grades: PreK-2

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