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"My Music Rules"
Season/Series: 4
Number in season: 10A
Original Airdate: United States October 18, 1999[1]
Canada January 17, 2000[2]
Written by: Ken Scarborough
Storyboard by: Alex Hawley
Robert Yap
Stéphanie Gignac
"Buster's Best Behavior"
"That's a Baby Show!"
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"My Music Rules" is the first half of the tenth episode in the fourth season of Arthur.


Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and saxophonist Joshua Redman duke it out in a classical-vs.-jazz battle at the Elwood City Library.[1]


The Elwood City Library is looking for a musician to perform for the children's show later in the week. D.W. suggests that they find the guy who wrote Crazy Bus, her favorite song, which annoys Arthur.

This makes Arthur and Francine look for Josh Redman, Francine's "uncle". After watching a concert with Grandma Thora, D.W. plans to ask cellist Yo Yo Ma to perform at the library's children's show.

Arthur and his friends think that it is a horrible idea, and Binky thinks that they may end up fighting each other. However, much to the surprise of Binky and the others, Yo Yo Ma and Josh Redman get along just fine.

The episode ends with a jazz rendition of Crazy Bus. The kids find this very good - even Arthur, who considers it a much better version of the song.







  • During the credits from the finale of Season 4, some of the series intro was replaced with a piece of "Crazy Bus" played by Redman.
  • There is yet another instance of Grandma Thora being a bad cook.
  • This is the last episode in which Emily wears a pink dress and a ribbon in her hair. Starting from Season 6, she wears a blue dress and her hair down.
  • This is the only episode to use unique animation for the guest star credits; later episodes featuring guest stars use clips from earlier in the episode.

Cultural references

  • 2 Bach pieces are heard in this episode: Cello Suite No. 1 and Minuet in G Major


  • When Yo-Yo Ma tells Joshua Redman that he picked up the sheet for Crazy Bus, he had the paper, but after D.W. finds out that Ma's music isn't so bad after all, as Ma began the song, the sheet disappears.
  • It is revealed that D.W. hates jazz, but if viewers look closely in Arthur and Francine's vision of Redman playing "anything", they can see D.W.
  • During Francine and Arthur's imagination flashback of Joshua Redman, Muffy is seen with everyone watching him play, but when he continues and everyone cheering for him, Muffy is suddenly gone.

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