The art of music in preschool

The children and I took a picture walk through the book titled, “I See a Song” by Eric Carle. We actually went through the book several different times and on several different days.  Each time we walked through the book, the children discovered new details and new meaning from the illustrations on each page…

The first time we went through the book, the children focused more on predicting what the pictures were going to be or what kind of story the book was trying to tell.  It took a little effort for the children to make sense of this book but they did a very good job at beginning to recognize the emerging illustrations as we went along…

Later, as we walked through the book again, I brought the children around to thinking about what type of music they can imagine is playing as they looked at each page.  Was the music fast, slow, quiet, loud, happy, sad, and so on?…

And as we went through the book a final time (a few days later), we played some classical music and just listened and looked at each page as the music played…

After the final “reading” of this book, we followed the reading up by listening to classical music and drawing own designs.  I played a short section of music as the children drew and then switched to a new song that offered a different classical sound to listen to…

As you can see from the drawings that the focus was on how the music made us feel as we drew rather than on drawing any specific thing…

This was an interesting process that we spent a little time exploring over a few different days.  In my next post, I will share an interesting way that we explored the design making process which was inspired by the designs we saw in this book…

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By |2012-05-23T07:00:01+00:00May 23rd, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Nichole May 23, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    We did something similar last term with different types of music – some slow, some fast, some loud, some soft and we scribbled to it and looked at how different out drawings were. We then cut some basic shapes out of A4 to ‘frame’ our work. They looked great and the kids had a lot of fun.

    Will have to get a copy of this book to have a look at now and we might try it again later in the year.

    Love your blog 🙂

  2. Gina May 23, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    What a great idea! My son loves music and I’ve been trying to think of ways to incorporate it into his other loves, like books. I like that you asked the kiddos what kind of music they thought could go along to the pictures. That’s something to do with him when he gets a bit older. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  3. Aunt Annie's Childcare May 23, 2012 at 9:51 am - Reply

    What music did you use, Deborah?

    There are some great pieces I’ve used for activities like this, eg ‘Mars’ from Holst’s ‘Planets Suite’ is fab for engaging boys. Interested to know which ones you picked!

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