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Dora, La Música
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Airdate Tuesday, November 5, 2002 (VHS)
Monday, January 27, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 (DVD)
Season 2
Episode 18 (aired on television)

17 (due to being shown on VHS first)

Written by Leslie Valdes
Storyboard by:
Kelly Kennedy
Kuni Tomita
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous Television: A Letter for Swiper

Due to VHS: Click!

Next Airing on Television (Earlier Airings): The Lost City
Airing on Television (Current Airings): Egg Hunt

Due to VHS: A Letter for Swiper

Dora, La Música (translated in English as "Dora, the Musician") is the 18th episode aired on TV (or the 17th shown episode, due to it being shown on VHS first) of Dora the Explorer from Season 2.



The townspeople are having a musical parade, but when Señor Shush locks all their instruments in a music box, Dora and Boots take their own parade to the town! Help them find instruments for their friends, stop Swiper, and make great music!


Dora was playing music on her flute. Dora played her flute and then Dora heard someone else playing a different instrument which went shaka-shaka shaka. Dora saw that it was Boots playing the maracas. Señor Tucán came by with a newspaper. Dora & Boots read the newspaper and found out that the townspeople were playing music. Suddenly, Señor Shush came along and wanted silence. He decided to lock up all the instruments in the music box using his magic handkerchief. Before long, the musical instruments were locked up. Señor Shush told the townspeople that the only way to get the music box open is to play music. The townspeople couldn't play music without the instruments and all was quiet. The townspeople moaned, complained, and weren't very happy. Suddenly, Dora had an idea: she and Boots can play their own music on their instruments and together they can open the music box. The problem is that they didn't how to get there. They asked Map for help. Map says that Dora & Boots have to go across the piano bridge, through the singing gate to get to the music box in the town. Now, Dora & Boots were ready to open the music box. They practiced by playing their musical instruments. Dora takes her turn playing the flute and Boots takes his turn shaking the maracas. After the practice, they see Benny. Dora asked Benny if he'd like to join their parranda. Benny accepts the request, but he doesn't have an instrument to play. Dora & Boots look inside Backpack. Backpack had an instrument for Benny. It was a conga drum. After getting the conga drum out from backpack, Benny plays it. Benny joins Dora & Boots in their parranda. Each character took their turn playing their musical instruments starting with Dora, Boots, and then Benny. After that, they reach the Piano Bridge. It was missing some pieces. Señor Tucán was there to help. Dora had to tell the viewer what piece will fill in the gap in the bridge. Dora tells the viewer "larga" for "long" and "corta" for "short". The viewer tells Señor Tucán "larga" for the first gap, "corta" for the second gap, and "larga" for the third gap. In no time, the bridge was fixed. As Dora, Boots, and Benny cross the piano bridge, the tune of "A Musician I Am (or The Itsy Bitsy Spider)" is played on it. They thanked Señor Tucán for fixing the bridge. Then, the Fiesta Trio's fanfare is played on it as they cross it. After going across Piano Bridge, Dora, Boots, and Benny had to find the singing gate. They find it which was on the winding path in the distance. Suddenly, they hear Isa coming down the path next to them playing the trombone. Isa joins in with Dora, Boots, and Benny in the parranda. Dora takes her turn playing the flute, Boots takes his turn playing the maracas, Benny takes his turn playing the drum, and Isa takes her turn playing the trombone. After that, they heard a voice nearby that went "Hola, hola, ho-la!". Dora noticed it was the singing gate. Boots runs ahead and tries pulling the gate. A face appears on the singing gate and tells Boots that he was pulling on her nose and it hurts. Boots went "Oops" and apologizes. He then greets the singing gate. They explained to the singing gate that they have to go through to get to the music box. The singing gate told them no and then said that to get her to open, they have figure out the songs she is going to sing. Dora, Boots, Benny, and Isa listened to each song carefully. Singing Gate sings out the tunes to "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" without lyrics except the last verse of each song. They then sing those songs with the full lyrics. Singing Gate was impressed and how they sang great and allows Dora, Boots, Benny, and Isa to go through. After that, they can see the music box in the distance. Dora, Boots, Benny, and Isa were about to get going when they heard a "zoom, zoom zoom-zoom, zoom" sound. It was Tico playing his harmonica. They asked Tico if they wanted to join their parranda. Tico was glad to join in. And so, they all played their musical instruments starting with Dora on flute, Boots on maracas, Benny on drum, Isa on trombone, and Tico on harmonica. After that, they hear Swiper the fox. Swiper was seen inside the piano and swipes all five instruments. But, the viewer finds the musical instruments and each one got them back. Now, they were ready to open the music box. Once they got there, the townspeople were excited. Dora announced that she and her friends are going to play their music to open the music box. Suddenly, they hear Señor Shush. He thinks they cannot sing loud enough to get the music box open. Dora and her friends are going to prove him wrong and asks the viewer to sing along with them. Each of Dora's friends took a turn playing their musical instrument. There was Dora on flute, Boots on maracas, Benny on drum, Isa on trombone, and Tico on harmonica. After the song, the lid moves and Señor Shush gets off the music box as the lid opens. The magic sparkles takes away his magic handkerchief. All the musical instruments came flying out. A boy gets back his castanets back; a man gets his guitar back and a girl in a wheelchair gets her bongos back. Everyone was so happy to have their instruments back thanks to Dora, Boots, Benny, Isa, and Tico (and the viewer for helping). Boots wondered where Señor Shush was. Dora sees him peeking out from behind the music box. Dora asks Señor Shush if he played music with them. Señor Shush was puzzled for a moment. Boots hands out a pair of cymbals for him to try out. Dora encourages Señor Shush to try the cymbals. Señor Shush did so and he realized that he enjoys playing music. Dora and her friends are so glad that they opened the music box, Señor Shush is glad that he now has an interest of playing music, and all the townspeople are glad to have their instruments back.


A Musician I Am

Places in this episode

  1. Piano Bridge
  2. Singing Gate
  3. Music Box


This episode can be found in Move to the Music on VHS and Egg Hunt, Dora's Ballet Adventures, and Dora's Halloween Parade on DVD.


  • The sounds Dora and her friends make when mimicking their instruments that they play during the song are as follows:
    • Dee dee dee-dee dee for the flute
    • Shaka-shaka shaka for the maracas
    • Bam bam bam-bam bam for the conga drum
    • Boomba-boomba boomba for the trombone
    • Zoom zoom zoom-zoom zoom for the harmonica
    • Crasha-crasha crasha for the cymbals
  • This is the 44th episode aired on TV (or the 43rd shown episode due to it being shown on VHS on November 5, 2002) of the show.
  • This episode aired before Egg Hunt aired on television.
  • This episode was seen on VHS before it aired on television.
  • Dora and Boots' flute and maracas were the same ones they got for Christmas in A Present For Santa.
  • This is another episode where Boots tries pulling a gate or a door, but it is locked.
  • This is the 4th English episode to have a Spanish title.
  • There is a lot of singing and music in this episode.
  • This is the first episode in which Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song, they instead sing A Musician I Am with their instruments and playing along with their friends.
  • After Dora and Boots walk over the piano bridge, the Fiesta Trio do not play their fanfare with their own instruments, it is instead played on the piano bridge as they cross it.
  • The title of this episode is called "Dora the Musician" in the Spanish version.
  • Swiper is the only one not to have or play an instrument, although he is seen behind the piano.
  • The bridge fixing scenario was reused from The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.
  • Dora and Boots use the flute and maracas they got in A Present For Santa.
  • When Dora, Boots, Benny, Isa, and Tico all sing A Musician I Am with their instruments, Swiper technically cuts it off just as they are finishing it, he cuts the ending of the song off with his whisking sound just as the song is about to end.
  • This is the first episode for the Singing Gate. It will appear again in The Super Silly Fiesta, except the gate is a male instead of a female. This means that there are apparently two singing gates in Dora's world.
    • Coincidentally, both of these episodes (this and the aforementioned one) were put together on the DVD title Dora's Ballet Adventures, and they both feature the same location.
      • However, in this episode, it was the second location, whereas it was the first location in The Super Silly Fiesta.
  • Map did not sing his full song in the episode. However, he just sings the first verse of the song only and then says "I'm the Map!".
  • When Backpack sucks the remaining object inside of her, she sang "Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum!" to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel", then says "Delicioso!" normally.
  • This episode is also known as "El Músico".
  • This is the last post-Season 1 episode using the Season 1 art style.
  • The book Dora's Christmas Parade is based on the episode.
  • When Boots pulled on the Singing Gate's 'nose' he said "Oops, sorry!". That same phrase would later be incorporated in Go, Diego, Go! when the Bobo Brothers are told to freeze (by saying "Freeze, Bobos!").


  • During the song, Dora, Isa, and Tico play the flute, trombone and harmonica without their mouths touching them. In real life, even if one's mouths does touch a wind instrument, it is impossible to sing and play it at the same time.
  • Streaming services list this episode as "Dora, la Musico". The "a" is replaced with an "o", making the adjective "Música" masculine instead of feminine, the "L" is not capitalized, and the accent mark on the U is simply left out.
  • In some scenes, Dora has her Season 1 look.
  • When "A Musician I Am" is heard after Isa joins the parade, Dora's nose disappears a few times during her verse.
  • The girl who gets her bongos back is sitting in a wheelchair when she retrieves them, but earlier when seen in the crowd, she is standing.

Character Find

Boots the Monkey

Dora the Explorer Season 2
The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | The Missing Piece | Rojo the Fire Truck | Lost Squeaky | Doctor Dora | The Golden Explorers | El Día De Las Madres | Lost Map | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | Super Map! | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | A Letter for Swiper | Dora, La Música | Egg Hunt | Super Spies | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | Whose Birthday is It? | The Lost City | León, the Circus Lion