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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Children Learn Music By Imitating A Good Model

Singing in tune and performing with rhythmic accuracy are usually learned by children as they imitate a demonstration or model. The level of skill achieved depends on the accuracy of the model. If the model is accurate, that is, if the singing is in tune and the beats and rhythms are properly timed, then the child tends to imitate that performance. However, if the model is inaccurate, the child's imitation will likely be inaccurate, a well. The models that we provide can teach the whole world to sing in tune— or out of tune!

The critical understanding is that if parents can sing in tune and perform rhythms accurately, the demonstration/imitation process is the most effective means to help children learn accurate musical performance. In addition, carefully chosen recordings  can extend the child's experience to additional demonstrations and models, expand their repertoire, and provide the repetition needed for lasting skill development. Most important, parents who cannot provide good musical models should not demonstrate for their children but choose other available resources.

Children usually respond well to a singing model when the tone might be described as simple and clear-a sound that the child can imitate. Also, the vocal model should be in the child's singing range. With the proper model, the parent can effectively encourage the child by saying, "Make your singing voice sound just like mine." (A good model on a recording can do this as well). Male voices— live and recorded— singing songs in the lower octave can be entertaining for children, but they do not serve as effective models for developing the singing voice. 


Posted by Robert Johnson on 15 July 2010

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