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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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."  

For many young children, this music activity means playing games to music, such as "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or "London Bridge," or singing songs about life experiences, such as "The Wheels on the Bus," or about things learned in school, such as counting, colors, and the alphabet. The learning emphasis is on what the words of the song are about, not on what can be learned about the music. This is not teaching music; this is using music to learn about something else.

To determine if your child is "really" learning music, rate the following items with a one (1) if the item is mostly true and a zero (0) if the item is mostly not true or you don't know; then, add up your score:

My child learns music by:

☐  Extending the range of the singing voice

☐  Improving accuracy in singing pitches

☐  Becoming familiar with masterworks of music literature

☐  Learning classic children's songs

☐  Imitating accurate models of rhythmic performance

☐  Imitating accurate models of tonal performance

☐  Performing rhythm patterns in music

☐  Performing tonal patterns in music

☐  Singing tonal patterns using tonal syllable names

☐  Chanting rhythm patterns using rhythm syllable names

What does your score mean?

1 to 3   = having a good time with minimum music learning

3 to 5   = some music learning but much is missing

6 to 8   = above average music education

9           = very good music education

10         = must be using The Tuneables!

Additional features to look for in a music education program include: active participation, interesting and engaging presentations, opportunity for repetition, a sequential curriculum of musical content, cognitive and motor skills development, and parental guidance to support learning. To assure that your child's music learning includes all of these features along with expanded learning opportunities in the home, consider The Tuneables DVD/CD music education program.



Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 3 January 2012


Learning The Beat Through Movement

The fundamental rhythmic understanding in music is the beat. And, the fundamental way to gain understanding of the beat is through movement. Children are usually successful performing the beats in music when the movement and the tempo (speed of the music) are appropriate for their developmental level.

Posted by Robert Johnson on 28 February 2011

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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!

Posted by Robert Johnson on 15 July 2010

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Movement Is Essential For Music Learning

All human performance of music involves movement. We move our vocal mechanisms; expand and contract our lungs; manipulate instruments with hands, arms, lips, tongue, etc.; dance with our feet; jump, spin, sway, and bend with our bodies—all in connection with rhythms and tones of music. In addition, all movements must be precisely timed and executed for a successful music performance. The human capacity to learn and execute a large number of complex movements with split-second accuracy enables 100 musicians to perform together in a symphony orchestra, or an individual to recreate a performance of a solo piece of music over and over.

Posted by Robert Johnson on 29 June 2010

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Knowing The Sounds Of Music: "Training" The Ear

An important aspect of any music learning is training the ear to know the sounds of music, or what some call the "content" of music. The two basic content areas are *tonal* (the pitches or tones that we sing and play) and* rhythm* (the place in time that we place pitches and other sounds).

Posted by Robert Johnson on 17 May 2010

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