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Episode 1547

Topic: Music
Air Date: May 14, 1985
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Mister Rogers arrives with a picture showing a variety of stringed instruments. He described each instrument before watching a film with Mr. McFeely about how people make bass violins. After the film, Mr. McFeely mentions that Yo-Yo Ma is visiting Negri's Music Shop.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is struggling in her attempt to play the bass violin. Old Goat shares that he cannot play the bass violin either leaving them both unsure of what they will do for the upcoming bass violin festival. Sharing her worries with Neighbor Aber and Lady Elaine, Lady Aberlin decides that dancing with the bass violin will allow her to showcase her talents while still including the instrument.

Back at the house, after talking about the importance of practicing talents which you enjoy, Mister Rogers takes viewers along on a visit to Negri's Music Shop where Yo-Yo Ma is practicing his cello. Mister Rogers and Yo-Yo Ma discuss family and music before Yo-Yo plays a few pieces by Bach. Concluding the visit, Joe Negri and Yo-Yo Ma play Tree Tree Tree.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers takes a quiet moment to remember the music he has just heard.


During the film about bass violins, Johnny Costa's instrumental Debbie plays in the background. This song can be found on the album Classic Costa.

This episode is featured on the 1994 VHS release Making Music.

Segments from this week's episodes are featured on the VHS release Music and Feelings.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Yo-Yo Ma




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Michael Horton, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Negri, David Newell
Special thanks to Englehardt-Link
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
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© 1985 Family Communications, Inc.

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