The Tuneables is an award-winning children's music education DVD and CD series designed to teach the key building blocks of music at a critical time in a child's development.  Sponsored by the Music Intelligence Project, this fun, interactive program engages children in songs and activities that provide a foundation of music understanding and growth in intellectual development. Ages 3-8.

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To help prepare your child for active music instruction and learning, play recordings of music by Mozart and others as a background for other activities and rest time when the child is very young.

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Top 5 Musical Gifts for Young Children

Looking for the perfect holiday gift ideas for that young child in your life? Here are the top five suggestions from the Music Intelligence Project® that do it all—educate, engage, enjoy, energize, and provide a lifetime of benefits.

1. The Tuneables®: “I Love Music” 2-disk set  This award winning, first-of-its-kind animated video and music program delivers what really matters in a child’s early music education. Fun, engaging and full of important learning - a sure winner for the eager young learner! Available in DVD/CD or download formats.

2. The Music Box: “I Love Music   Looking for music? This collection of cleverly orchestrated songs gets children singing in tune along with learning important concepts of music. A favorite choice for music around the house and in the car. Available in CD or download formats. {Note: This is also included in The Tuneables®: “I Love Music!” 2-disc set.]

3. Clara the Clarinet and Mo the Violin Books   Two of the main characters from The Tuneables® are featured in these entertaining and educational books. Children learn to recognize the sight and sound of instruments from the woodwind and string families. The audio book is included. High quality instrument recordings follow along with the story to enhance listening skills and learning! Available in hardcover and e-book formats.

4. Resonator Bells   A set of individual tone bells played with a mallet are perfect for children to explore and learn tonal patterns and reinforce tone matching skills with the singing voice.

5. Hand drum   A drum is fun! Plus, it provides an excellent way to experience the sound and feel of musical beats and patterns in music.

6. BONUS: The Tuneables Gift Bundle Includes The Tuneables: "I Love Music! 2-disk set plus the Clara the Clarinet and Mo the Violin Books all in one easy to give set.

The best holiday gifts for young children are the ones that last a lifetime. Make sure your little one is getting the gift of music this year!

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Posted by Music Intelligence Project on 3 December 2014


Singing in the Key of D is Best for the Young Child

Young children sing in tune best when the first several songs they learn are in the key of D.  This key places the child's voice in the optimal singing range, neither too high nor too low, for controlling the pitch. Learning to sing in tune is the fundamental performance skill needed for successful tonal learning.

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 9 January 2012

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Oh, My Child Already Gets Music. . . . Really?

Sometimes it is easy to be dismissive or even defensive when pressed to consider a new music education program for one's child. Parents sometimes say, "Oh, my child already gets music at school," or "My child has a lot of music activity."  

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 3 January 2012

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The Young Child's Personal Music Playlist (Repertoire): A Context for Learning

Very young children (ages 0-3) need a personal "playlist" of songs and classical musical compositions to serve as their cultural context for music learning. (See blog: Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Early Exposure to Music-the "Playlist"[let-s-start-at-the-very-beginning-early-exposure-to-music-the-playlist/].)

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 6 October 2011

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Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Early Exposure to Music the Playlist

Very young children (ages 0-3) benefit most from music learning experiences when they have had a rich exposure to music in the home starting at birth.  Such exposure gives young children a personal repertoire of songs and instrumental compositions that become part of the cultural fabric of their everyday lives. Let's call it their "playlist". This is their readiness for learning music in a music education program, such as The Tuneables.

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 6 October 2011

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Music Intelligence Project and Music Education Supporters Contribute to Washington Post Write Up on the Importance of Music Education

The Music Intelligence Project recently contributed along with numerous companies and organizations that support school music education programs to create an eight-page editorial supplement for the Washington Post highlighting the many proven academic, social and wellness benefits for kids and teens who play music.

Posted by Jill Todd on 22 September 2011

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The Early Stages of Music Learning

The foundation of a young child's music learning is built on aural (hearing) experiences. These learning experiences progress in three stages: 1. stimulus, 2. recall, and 3. discrimination. Parents and teachers should be aware of these important music learning stages. For any one of them to be missing or partially included reduces the child's learning opportunities and the potential for future musical growth.

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 14 August 2011

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The Early Years: The Best Time to Learn Music

Music learning, like language learning, must begin early in the child's life. The early years are the period of most rapid growth in brain development. This growth is "wiring" the brain to recognize, remember, and understand the sounds and patterns of music and speech.  Individuals rarely develop musical capabilities later in life if their early years did not include learning that involves a rich mix of rhythmic, tonal, and performance skills. 

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 19 July 2011

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Listening to Background Music and Music Instruction in Brain Development

When the question arises as to whether playing recorded background music for young children provides any benefit, the answer must be, "Yes." This is a convenient and pleasurable way to introduce children to the music of their culture and allow them to become familiar with a repertoire of songs and other compositions. In addition, when the music selected for listening is sufficiently complex, like Mozart's, some benefit to increased intelligence may occur. Most importantly, these listening experiences provide the readiness for structured music instruction.

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 21 June 2011

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Developing a Sense of Tonality

Developing a sense of tonality helps to improve singing in tune, playing an instrument, learning new music, and developing an appreciation of great music. Readiness for developing this sense begins as soon as very young children begin hearing and performing music.

Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 25 March 2011

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