Unit Study: Preschool Music – Part 2

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Explore and appreciate various music genres (jazz, country, rap).
  2. Understand basic characteristics and rhythms of each genre.
  3. Recognize the importance of music in expressing emotions and ideas.
  4. Develop rhythm and movement skills through musical activities.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of different music styles and their cultural contexts.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Jazz

  • Introduce the genre of jazz and discuss its lively and improvisational nature.
  • Listen to and explore different jazz instruments (trumpet, saxophone, etc.).
  • Engage in a simple jazz rhythm clapping activity.
  • Activity: Create a collaborative jazz-inspired art piece.

Day 2: Exploring Country Music

  • Explore the genre of country music and its themes of storytelling.
  • Listen to and discuss country music instruments (guitar, fiddle, etc.).
  • Sing simple country songs together.
  • Activity: Create homemade “banjos” from household materials.

Day 3: Discovering Rap Music

  • Introduce the genre of rap and discuss its rhythmic and lyrical qualities.
  • Listen to and discuss rap music beats and rhymes.
  • Engage in a basic beatboxing activity.
  • Activity: Write and perform short rap verses as a group.

Day 4: Music and Emotion

  • Focus on how music can convey different emotions (happy, sad, excited, etc.).
  • Listen to various musical pieces and discuss the feelings they evoke.
  • Express emotions through movement and dance.
  • Activity: Create a “Feelings Playlist” with different songs for various emotions.

Day 5: Cultural Music Exploration

  • Explore music from around the world and discuss cultural influences.
  • Listen to and discuss music from different countries.
  • Engage in simple cultural music-inspired activities (e.g., African drumming rhythm).
  • Activity: Create a world map with markers indicating musical origins.

Resource List:


  1. “This Jazz Man” by Karen Ehrhardt – Amazon Link
  2. “Llama Llama and the Music Lesson” by Anna Dewdney – Amazon Link
  3. “Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat” by Nikki Giovanni – Amazon Link


  1. “Introduction to Jazz Music for Kids” by Virtual School Activities – YouTube Link
  2. “Country Music for Kids” by Kiboomu Kids Songs – YouTube Link
  3. “Rap Music for Kids” by BrainPOP – YouTube Link


  1. Jazz Rhythm Clapping Activity – Clap out simple jazz rhythms as a group.
  2. Homemade “Banjos” Craft – Create banjos using cardboard tubes and rubber bands.
  3. Basic Beatboxing Activity – Learn and practice simple beatboxing sounds.
  4. “Feelings Playlist” – Collaboratively select and list songs for different emotions.
  5. Cultural Music-Inspired Activities – Engage in simple activities inspired by cultural music.
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