La Maestra de Música
Boots and music teacher.jpg
Airdate Monday, November 22, 2004 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 (VHS and DVD)
Saturday, August 4, 2007 (Noggin)
Season 4
Episode Current Airings: 4

Earlier Airings: 3

Written by Leslie Valdes

Storyboard by: Carol Datuin
Jose Silverio
Kuni Tomita
Ysty Veluz

Directed by Sherie Pollack
Previous Current Airings: Star Catcher

Earlier Airings: Daisy, La Quinceañera

Next The Shy Rainbow

La Maestra de Música (translated to English as The Music Teacher) is the 4th episode (3rd in earlier airings) of Dora the Explorer from Season 4.



Dora and Boots need to help their music teacher find a way to get to school after the chain on her bicycle is broken.


Dora and Boots were walking to school. They each had their own backpacks. Boots mentions to the viewer that what he likes about school is that his music teacher always sings a special song called the "Hola, Hola" song and that is his favorite school song Suddenly, Boots heard his music teacher singing the "Hola, Hola" song. She was riding a bicycle and had a basket of musical instruments. Her name was Maestra. She plays her guitar. Dora introduces herself to Boots' music teacher. Boots tells Maestra that she was singing his most favorite school song ever. She said she loves that song too. Dora and Boots decided to sing the "Hola, Hola" song with Maestra for fun and they invite the viewer to sing with them too. After the song, Maestra had to get going to school. Suddenly, her bicycle chain broke. Now, Maestra had to find a different way to get to school before the children get there. She doesn’t have a map, but Dora tells Maestra that she has a map, who is her friend, and he always know the best way to go. They check the Map for directions and he tells them that they had to go through the town and over the Musical Mountain to get to the school. Maestra, Dora, and Boots had to find the town. Maestra climbs up the tree to have a better look. The viewer finds the town and then Maestra climbs back down and then they hear the third bell, which means they have to hurry. They can’t walk through the town because it would take too long, so they have to figure out a form of transportation to get them through the town fast. A purple bus named Autobús drives along. Autobús stops and then Dora, Boots, and Maestra started boarding the bus. Maestra drops some musical instruments. She didn't have a Backpack but Dora tells her she has one, so Maestra puts the musical instruments into Dora's Backpack. Now, they all started to board the bus. Autobús starts driving through the town. They sing the song "Wheels on the Bus" but, since Autobús speaks Spanish, they replace the word "wheels" with the Spanish word "llantas" and "horn" with the word "bocina". After riding through the town, Dora, Boots, and Maestra got off the bus and thanked Autobús for the ride through the town. Next, they had to go up Musical Mountain. They figured out that Musical Mountain plays a scale. Dora, Boots, and Maestra saw Azul. He was putting himself together. They help Azul put his train cars together starting from biggest all the way down to the smallest. Maestra, Dora, and Boots board the train and then they counted from 1-8 as they go up the mountain by singing the scale. Then they counted from 8-1 as they went down the mountain by singing the scale in reverse. Azul went fast but had to slow down because a train was coming down another track. Azul went fast again and dropped off Dora, Boots, and Maestra at the end of the track. They hear the last school bell, which means that Maestra, Dora, and Boots have to hurry. Luckily, they were getting close to the school. The school bus drives past and they still had to get to the school before the students arrive. Diego come by and decides that they can zip through the forest using the zip cord. Dora, Boots, Diego, and Maestra zipped through the forest and saw snakes and bees. They sang to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus" and used the Spanish words "culebras" for "snakes" and "abejas" for "bees" but instead of singing "all through the town", they sang "all through the forest". After that, they approached the school. As soon as they got close to the building, Swiper was nearby. Diego thought he'll try to swipe La Maestra's guitarra. They all stop Swiper by saying "Swiper no swiping". Swiper sings "Oh" seven times, then finally sings "Oh man!", then runs away. Dora, Boots, Diego, and Maestra enter the school music classroom and had to get the school setup. Boots was in shock because he thought they lost the instruments. The viewer tells that Dora put Maestra's musical instruments in Backpack. They get them out and then the students started entering the school. Dora, Boots, Diego, and Maestra sang the "Hola, Hola" song as the students came in. Everyone got an instrument as they were singing and they all played music together.


Places in this episode

  1. Town
  2. Musical Mountain
  3. School

Listen to the Sounds

  • Mountain with an arpeggio scale
  • Mountain with accenting scale of g-major (Musical Mountain; correct sound)
  • Mountain with third interval scale

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)

  • Summer/Workout Clothes (and purple mittens for the Winter)
  • Toys
  • Maestra's instruments (correct items)
  • Food

Rides in this episode

  • Autobús (through the town)
  • Azul (over Musical Mountain)
  • Zipline (to get to the school)


This episode premiered on VHS and DVD titled "Musical School Days" and "Nickelodeon Favorites: Dance to the Music" on DVD.


  • Boots introduces Dora to his music teacher, and Dora introduces herself to La Maestra.
  • This seems similar to the Blue's Clues episode, "What Does Blue Want to Do on a Rainy Day?" because there is a lot of singing in this episode.
  • This is the first Character Find episode for Season 4.
  • This episode and Boots to the Rescue were the final episodes that got released on videocassette; they appeared on "Musical School Days", the last ever VHS tape of the series.
    • Because this was the first episode on the aforementioned VHS, this was the second-to-last episode to ever see a VHS release.
  • The episode's title means "The Music Teacher".
  • This is the 8th episode to have a Spanish title.
  • This is the second instance in which Backpack and Swiper sing their own catchphrases instead of saying them normally.
    • Swiper performed a dramatic music version of his "Oh, man!" catchphrase instead of saying it normally. He also did that in Dora's Pirate Adventure. The audio is taken from the aforementioned episode as well.
    • Backpack sings her "Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum, delicioso!" catchphrase as she sucks the remaining items inside. This also occurred in the same episode mentioned above. She also sang her catchphrase in Dora, La Música (except only "Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum!" is sang to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel" then says "Delicioso!" normally).
  • This is the last episode to premiere in 2004.
  • This episode also kicked off Nick Jr.'s Dance Party, a four-week celebration of music (from July 23-August 17, 2007), on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 9:00am.
  • This is the last episode to find Boots in the same background that was introduced in El Día De Las Madres.
  • This episode, along with Dora, La Música, premiered on Noggin on August 4, 2007 as part of Noggin's Saturday Fiesta.
  • This is Autobús' second appearance. He first appeared in The Missing Piece.
  • In the scene where Dora and Boots try to stop Autobús, when Boots says "Louder!", the audio is taken from The Lost City and The Fix-it Machine.
  • This is the 80th episode of the show.
  • Dora and Boots, and La Maestra don’t sing the Travel Song in this episode, they had no time singing it because they are in a big hurry to get to School. However, there is technically some singing when they get to each place. They also sing on the way to the destination (the School), along with Diego.
  • This premiered 3 days after the release of the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • The ascending scale Musical Mountain plays is in the key of G-major (G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, and high G).
    • Also, when Dora, Boots, and Maestra count during The counting song, the numbers are sung in B-major (B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, and high B going up and high B, A#, G#, F#, E, D#, C#, and B going down).


  • If one looks closely, Backpack's right strap (or left strap from Dora's POV) is pink like Dora's shirt instead of purple when La Maestra said, "Count and sing with us!"
  • It is unknown how Dora, Boots, and La Maestra got up to Diego's zipline although there was no ladder to get up to Diego's level.
  • iTunes lists this episode as "La Maestra de Musica". The accent mark over the U is left out.
  • The zipline harnesses were missing for an unknown reason.


  • In this episode, Map says, "Jeepers!" just like Daphne from Scooby-Doo.


Character Find

Boots the Monkey

Dora the Explorer Season 4
Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera | Star Catcher | La Maestra de Música | The Shy Rainbow | Swiper the Explorer | Star Mountain | Big Sister Dora | Super Babies | Catch the Babies | Dora's Got a Puppy | We're a Team! | Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine | Dora and Diego to the Rescue! | A Crown for King Juan el Bobo | The Mixed-Up Seasons | Best Friends | Dora's Dance to the Rescue | Save Diego! | Dora's First Trip | Baby Jaguar's Roar | Dora's World Adventure! | Boots to the Rescue | Baby Crab | Dora Saves the Mermaids
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