Preschool Music Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan teaches preschoolers about two components of melody: rhythm and pitch. The lesson plan includes listening, singing, and using instruments as well as experimenting with pitch.

Lesson Objectives

  • define rhythm and pitch
  • copy a rhythm
  • identify a pitch as high or low


  • Approximately one hour

Curriculum Standards

Visual and Performing Arts:

Students will progress through the stages of musical growth including:

1.0 Notice, respond, and engage

2.0 Develop skills in music

This lesson plan is based on California standards for preschool education. Please refer to the standards for your state to check alignment.


  • Brief sound bites of different types of music and sound (in whatever format is most convenient for you) including instrumental music, music with lyrics, dialogue, and animal sounds
  • What is Melody? - Lesson for Kids
  • Quiz questions
  • Rhythm sticks or other rhythmic instruments
  • Several glasses, water, pitcher, fork, and towels to clean up

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