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

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