Unit Study: Preschool Music

Target Age Group:

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


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

  1. Identify and name different musical instruments.
  2. Understand basic musical concepts such as rhythm and melody.
  3. Recognize different genres of music and musical styles.
  4. Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities related to music.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of the role of music in culture and expression.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Music

  • Introduce the concept of music and its importance in daily life.
  • Discuss different types of music and musical styles.
  • Read books about music.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a musical instrument collage.

Day 2: Musical Instruments

  • Explore different musical instruments (percussion, string, wind, etc.).
  • Learn about the sounds produced by each instrument.
  • Read books about musical instruments.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create paper plate tambourines.

Day 3: Rhythm and Beats

  • Focus on rhythm and beats in music.
  • Engage in rhythm-related activities and clapping games.
  • Read books about rhythm in music.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create rhythm shakers.

Day 4: Melody and Songs

  • Discover melody and singing in music.
  • Learn simple songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Read books about melody and singing.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a DIY kazoo.

Day 5: Exploring Musical Styles

  • Explore different musical styles (classical, jazz, rock, etc.).
  • Listen to samples of each style and discuss their unique features.
  • Read books about different musical genres.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create an instrument-themed artwork.

Resource List:


  1. “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Lloyd Moss – Amazon Link
  2. “M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet” by Kathy-jo Wargin – Amazon Link
  3. “The Wheels on the Bus” by Raffi – Amazon Link


  1. “The Music Song” by Pancake Manor – YouTube Link
  2. “Music Instruments for Kids” by Kids Learning Tube – YouTube Link
  3. “Classical Music for Kids: Ludwig van Beethoven” by The Kiboomers – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Musical Instrument Collage – Create a collage using pictures of different musical instruments.
  2. Paper Plate Tambourines – Create tambourines using paper plates and bells.
  3. Rhythm Shakers – Decorate small containers to use as rhythm shakers.
  4. DIY Kazoo – Create a kazoo using household materials.
  5. Instrument-Themed Artwork – Create an artwork inspired by a specific musical instrument.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a harmonious and joyful time exploring the world of music with your young learners!

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