The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Musical Expression



Once you complete the Nanny Knows Best Quest the time limit for this hobby will start straight away, to begin this hobby you need to buy a xylophone from the promotions r us store for S2,000 and place it in one of your sims houses:


I cannot place the xylophone, it says its locked/ limited item, what do I do? You will have this problem if you try and place it from the new items tab, look in your inventory instead to be able to place the xylophone in one of your sims houses.

If you complete this hobby in the time limit you will unlock the infant bouncer:

Once placed in your house your baby sim needs to click on it and select the option:

  • Play Xylophone- 3 hours 10 minutes

NOTE: the first time you complete this hobby you can only buy one xylophone so only one baby can complete this hobby, after that you can buy 3 xylophones so 3 babies can complete this hobby at one time

After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head to find one of the musical expression collectibles. Every time your sim finishes playing the xylophone their musical expression hobby skill level up percentage will increase, once they reach 100% they will level up, there are 6 levels. You need to reach level 6 to be able to unlock all of the musical expression collectibles, once unlocked you will be able to find them.

The table below shows the level up percentage:

This may change in future updates

 LEVEL 3 hour 10 minutes
1-2 100%
2-3 50%
3-4 35%
4-5 25%
5-6 20%

The next table shows you for each level what musical expression collectibles you unlock (so you can then find those ones too) and also the level up reward that a second and future sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

1 Atonal Sizzling Sausages and Hot Cross Buns are unlocked in the hobby collection
2 Big Hitter Row Your Boat and Little Lamb are now unlocked in the hobby collection 250XP
3 Beat Keeper Old Macdonald and Five in a Bed are now unlocked in the hobby collection 500XP
4 Melody Maker Humpty and Round the Mountain are now unlocked in the hobby collection S750
5 Performer Three Blind Mice and Moonlight Sonata are now unlocked in the hobby collection 10,000 Town Value
6 Musical Virtuoso Piano Concerto No.21 and Etude in C Minor are now unlocked in the hobby collection.

You can now complete the collection!


NOTE: only the first sim completing this hobby needs to get to level 6 to unlock all the collectibles, future sims will be able to find any collectible even if they are only on level 1 in this hobby

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?


The completed musical expression collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

You will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 12 of the collectibles

If you complete this hobby in the time limit you will unlock the Infant Bouncer, which can be found in the infant section and costs S4000. An adult has to put a baby in it then they can bounce for 1 minute or 15 minutes:

The rewards for completing this collection are the play mat, outfits and 3LP:

  • The first time you complete this collection you unlock the play mat (even if you don’t complete in the time limit) this costs S5500 and can be found in the infant section. The option is play with toys for 10 minutes and an adult can join in play session:


  • The second to the seventh time each time you complete this collection you unlock a new outfit for your female and male baby sims:


  • From the eighth time onwards each time you complete the collection you earn 3LP

Time Limited Hobby Events– the musical expression hobby appears in these events, to complete these you have to complete the musical expression hobby a certain amount of times during the time limit to unlock all of the prizes, you can find a list of time limited hobby events here. If you want to complete these time limited hobby events then have one sim get to level six in this hobby before the next event starts to be in with the chance of completing it!

Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

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216 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Musical Expression

  1. I’m so annoyed I couldn’t complete tg e time limited quest because it’s so hard and I just want to completely reset my game and do all the time limited quest before you actually have to do it because I never get them done its so annoying by the way I love your blog you are like my idol

  2. Is anyone else having an awful time getting a baby to level six before they age up to toddler? I have had a baby doing this since the minute they were created but they still age before they’ve done it enough times to unlock the last two songs! I even tried using lp to speed up the 6 1/2 hours but it just made the baby age faster. I’ve give through four babies already and there just isn’t time. How did you manage to complete it?

  3. Your posts are really helpful. I finally, got the baby Mat after constantly going and refilling the baby’s need meter when it goes down. I just added a ‘baby Sibling’ in the crib to one of my families that has a toddler girl, as soon as that baby comes I can finally age this one, but I will difinitely get the outfits. I am almost done with the finger painting hobby, I only use one toddler for it, but not as stressful. Though, I level up faster than I can keep up with the quests, I am level 23 and I am doing level 15 Quests, and Will the quests stay in the queue until I do them one at a time? Some discovery quests if I don’t think I can finish in time then I choose not to do it, like I haven’t done the salsa dancing one, and since reading the post it did not interest me to do it.

    • I just finished the Nanny Knows Best quest, and just started the Musical Expression hobby. But I get back on the game today, and it tells me I’ve run out of time to get the baby jumper! I just finished the quest yesterday!! What happened?!

      • A lot of people are having this glitch at the moment on timed hobby events, you will need to contact EA about this so they can sort this out for you as I am unable to fix technical issues.

  4. Awesome! Got a new, awesome song: Hot Cross Buns. I just set my Infant Sim to Play Xylophone again, I hope this time I get a new song too!

  5. I love your blog it really helps and I refer to it quite regularly.
    Is there a time limit for the outfits?

  6. hi, questions… i didn’t complete the quest in 7 days cause i didn’t have time to play. i got the xylophone & the play mat but no bouncer 😦 do you know if there’s any way i can still get it??

      • I am on this quest, and I have played the xylophone 5 times but the other hobby chart it shows I’ve only played 3 songs. Since the third time my infant has played the xylophone it just says it sounds much better the second time I play it. Am I doing this right?

      • You won’t find a new one each time you play it, you have only got 3 new songs but played it 5 times so you got 2 that were the same, just keep going because you are doing it right!

  7. This is probably my least favorite hobby..
    The music is just so annoying, I like to play with sounds on so I avoid staying at the house where the baby is at for too long and I still need to complete the collection five more times for the outfits. *sigh*

    Thank you for your great blog though, it helps a lot!

  8. I’ve been tried to finished this super annoying hobby for more than a week now. The baby has got all 6 levels completed, but not all the songs. Does anyone have an idea whats wrong? Im super annoyed right now😑

  9. everyone time I click on the xylophone for my baby to play the baby just shakes his head and won’t play it. I’m really confused on why he won’t do it and I even moved the xylophone to the center of the room.

    • Is the baby on the floor? You need to get the adult to pick the baby up then select let them crawl so the baby is on the floor then you can click on the xylophone to use it.

  10. Just to be sure.. If I don’t complete this quest in time, I will not get the bouncer. I can still get the outfits though, even if I didn’t make the quest in time. Right?

  11. I completed musical expressions in time and got the prizes. But had no idea . I had to do it again to get infant clothes. So I didn’t reset it. Now the chart is gone. What do I do?? I have the babies playing but no chart. I really want the infants clothes what can I do?

  12. I’m also having trouble getting my baby to level 6 before it ages. Once I complete the quest once, will future babies still need to get to level 6 to get the level 6 songs or will the babies be able to get them anyway? Thanks

  13. Hi, it’s me again. I’m on level ‘music expession’ right now. You said that only one sim can complete this hobby the first time, after that 3 babies can complete this hobby at one time. I had a baby played it and I got one song, but I cann’t do it to three babies, because only one xylophone available for one town. when I wanted to buy another xylophone, it said one per town. how you did it? thank you..^^

  14. Should u be able to pick the pair outfits you want?
    Completed the hobby for the 2nd time and tap on the pair of outfits I want but it wouldn’t let me pick it
    I want all them but there one or two I want before the rest….

  15. Can a toddler play the xylophone? I haven’t finished the birthday cake yet but it’s gonna finish soon. Should I just let my sim, who baked the cake, stand there and wait for the quest to finish before celebrating the birthday?

  16. I complete musical expression hobby,and I have got a baby playmat and pink dress and shirt and trousers for my babies! They are adorable! Thanks ! 🙂

  17. I started the musical hobbies quest last night and when I opened my Sims this morning it said that I’ve already ruin out of time to complete the quest. Three must have been a glitch. Is there anything I can do ?

    • A lot of people are having this glitch at the moment on timed hobby events, you will need to contact EA about this so they can sort this out for you as I am unable to fix technical issues.

  18. I lost all my music collection tonight and i dont know why. I still have 5 days to finish the quest. And one more thing, the first gifts i saw were bouncer and toys but now it turned into baby onesie event.

  19. I needed one more song to finish it, and then it automatically deleted everything for the baby onesie eventDo you think everything will be back again after the event?

  20. I clicked yes on the onsies quest and the musical expressions quest vanished.. Would you know if I would still get the bouncer if I completed it before 7 days? Sigh…..

  21. I don’t know what to do. My baby won’t play the xylophone. It says incorrect age group idk what to do please help!

  22. Just completed this hobby on time with 10hrs left and Used less than 10 LPs. 😃 all along, I thought the prizes were free though 😂

  23. Hi, I love your blog!❤️It’s helped me so much so far! I’m currently doing this an I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it on time. Before I spend my money using LP, can you please tell me if the baby bouncer is worth it? Thanks in advance☺️

  24. Thanks for all your advice and tips. I have a question: I’m confused about the toddler girls’ clothes. Some new outfits come with scarves around the neck (a style I hate even in real life), but some new outfits include plaid or floral dresses, which I love. If I put my babies to re-start the Musical Expression hobby, which style will I get? Or will I get both styles?

  25. I have to take a break from the game for a couple of days. Is there any way to pause the quests w/out loosing the prizes like the musical expression. I 💖 your blog. Thank you!

  26. Yessss! Thanks to your blog I managed to complete the Nanny Knows Best quest in the time limit (so I got the overalls) AND I managed to get the baby bouncer with five hours to spare (Whew) Is there any chance you could add me to your party boat and I could add you to mine? I’ve visited the neighbours needed post and added a few but I would love love love to be your neighbour. You’re my Sim Freeplay Idol lol!!! Also is the In Da Clubhouse trike worth it? It seems cute and all but I just want to know if it’s worth me saving my LPs for. Correction my 2 LPs for. Do you have any tricks for someone with 10 sims (counting 2 babies) on how to get LPs? Anyway, thanks so much for your lovely blog, it’s my go to for anythings Sims Freeplay!
    Love Ya
    Rosie Rose
    Ps When is your next competition aka Houses going to be? I would really like to enter and start creating a grand picec of architecture (Not!)

    • I’m glad it helped! 🙂
      It depends what device you are playing on and what method you are using to add neighbours as I cannot add on game center or facebook, I can only add via google+ right now, sorry!
      The trike is cute but it doesn’t do a lot, a toddler can only ride it for a minute at a time

      This post explains how I earn LPs:

      I have no plans for another competition just yet but I will start thinking about it for sometime in the future!

      As for your question about the Latin Rugs you asked in the other comment- I personally don’t like the rugs as they all cost SPs and the quest itself isn’t that interesting, it is a discovery quest so you can just leave it until one day when you have more LPs to complete it in time if you really want the rugs though 🙂

    • I am replying to your other comment on this one as you didn’t want me to post your Google+ name.
      Your name is very common so it would probably be easier if you were to follow me on Google+ ‘The Girl Who Games’ and then I can follow you too 🙂

  27. Any idea if there will be another chance to get the baby bouncer? I missed it by 1 song (I got the last song less than 1 hour after the time limit ended)!

  28. Hi. I can’t get the xylophone. I have bought the to my home store, but there it says, that I its locked and a limeted object. I have lokkede in all my houses for it (if I bought it in an axident) but no.
    Do you know what to do???

    • You will get this issue if you are in the new items tab, if you go to the hobby and career items tab of your inventory you should be able to place the xylophone.

  29. Because of this blog I started this event right after the Nanny knows best quest and finished under 5 hours. I just had 5 sims cooking and saved up 50 LP’s and sped up the task.


  30. My baby sims can’t evolve into a toddler even though the quest is 1st in my queue and unlocked but I still can’t start the quest. I’m a level 14 so what is the problem? I don’t have many other quests going on but I still can’t start it.

  31. weightlessmagic, I am such a fool, when will I learn to chill XD I wanted to move a xylophone to a different house, because I aged up a baby there and had another one ready at a different house, but couldn’t find it in the infant section of the inventory. Did all the diy things like leaving and returning to the game, changing houses, all that. Even tried storing another xylophone, just to see if it would ‘wake up’ the inventory, so to speak, but it didn’t. ‘Okay, maybe I accidentaly hit sell instead of store?’, but nope, PrU store said I already had the maximum. I was about to panic when I thought ‘that’s a hobby item, maybe it’s in the hobbies section?’. Boom, there they were, exactly where they were supposed to be. I don’t know whether to laugh or facepalm at my stupidity. Possibly both. Oh well, all’s well that ends well. BTW, congratulations on your amazing blog, I follow it religiously to plan all the quest and hobby things. Keep being great!

  32. For anyone interested/curious, you can have as many xylophones as you’d like and not be limited to the town limit of 3 by buying them in “buy mode” at the Home Store rather than getting them from the Promotions R Us store! 😉 Try having 10 babies playing it at the same time! lol

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