• Field Trip

    More than 250 interactive science, technology, energy and health exhibits await students of all ages.  We’re experts at making sure that bringing your group to the Museum is smooth sailing all the way. Discounted admission for groups of 20 or more!

  • ScienceWorks

    Your students become scientists during our ScienceWorks Labs. All programs align with National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core State Standards. Labs are available year-round for preschool to middle school students.

  • Outreach

    It's Science on Wheels: We bring the Museum to you!  We offer fun, inquiry-based programs for the students in your classroom, library, festival or youth center! All programs address objectives outlined in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and include pre- and post-visit activities.

  • Distance Learning

    Our educators use videoconferencing to engage your students in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Program kits sent to classroom teachers include nearly everything you need for experiments. Kits are yours to keep! All programs address National Science Education Standards and align with Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.

  • Professional Development

    Join us for fast-paced, hands-on teacher workshops that provide elementary and middle school educators with new hands-on tools for incorporating interactive science and math activities into your classroom.  Join us for professional development opportunities both at the museum and at your school.

  • Scouts

    The best place for Scouts to explore STEAM! We offer unique, fun-filled workshops, designed specifically for Scouts. Come to the Museum for your workshop and get hands-on as you explore math, science, technology, and more.

  • Summer Camp

    Explore week-long science and math activities in conjuntion with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed and other local organizations.  Elementary and middle school children can investigate a different theme each week through hands-on and engaging fun.

  • Birthday Parties

    What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special!

  • Evening Workshops

    Want to dive deeply into specific topics? Join us for an Evening Workshop! Explore a variety of science concepts through hands-on activities, interactive demos, and experiments in a small group setting. Topics vary from stop-motion animation to computer programming to engineering – there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!

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Preschool Lab: Music and Movement (Ages 3-5)

Young children explore science and music through pitch, tempo, beat and dynamics and learn how these blend to create music. Register today!

Cost: $2 per student

State of Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten, 2012

  • Children develop positive attitudes and gain knowledge about science through observation and active play. (HSCOF 4.1.1, 4.1.3, 4.1.4)
  • Children show a beginning awareness of scientific knowledge related to living and nonliving things. (HSCOF 4.2.1, 4.2.2)
  • Children show how they feel, what they think, and what they are learning through listening, participating in, and creating instrumental and vocal music experiences. (HSCOF 5.1.1)
  • Children show how they feel, what they think, and what they are learning through movement experiences. (HSCOF 5.3.1, 5.3.2)
  • Children develop abilities to express themselves clearly and communicate ideas to others. (HSCOF 2.1.2, 2.1.4, 2.2.3)

Music and Movement Pre-visit Information

During Your Visit to the ScienceWorks Lab students will be expected to:

  • Sit in tables of 6 students and (at least) 1 adult
  • Be prepared to give their attention to the Lab instructors when requested to ‘Give Me Five’
  • Work cooperatively with one another at the table
  • Follow the hands-on procedures just as the Lab teacher or assistant explains them
  • Handle materials and equipment carefully

It is important that teachers and chaperones:

  • Help to focus the students’ attention
  • Assist students with the hands-on activities and experiments when necessary
  • Turn off cell phones and pagers during the class


Beat: a steady background ‘pulse’ in music

Dynamics/dynamic level: the term for the relative volume level in music

Pitch: the frequency at which a particular note vibrates (its relative “highness” or “lowness”)

Tempo: the speed of the music

Suggested Resources

Lionni, Leo. Geraldine, The Music Mouse. Dragonfly Books, New York. 2009.
Taplin, Sam, Gareth and Katherine Lucas. Noisy Orchestra. Usborne Publishing Ltd, London, England. 2012.

Introducing Preschoolers to Music

Preschool Lab: Music and Movement (Ages 3-5)



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