Zoe has really taken an interest to music at such a young age. I have mentioned several times how she sings to many songs, knows the names of artists when a song plays, dances many times throughout the day, and makes instruments out of everything. Chris loves this as he is a music fanatic, knowing many songs whether new or old, and artists names. He doesn’t even need the song sang, just the tune and he will tell you who is singing. So taking after him and appreciating any type of music, makes him a proud dad! Music whether dancing, singing, clapping, or another activity is in our home daily. Plus playing an instrument or dancing improves fine motor and gross skills as well as social skills if your child is playing along with others, or you. We recently had the opportunity to check out The Tuneables DVD and Music Box CD which young music lovers are sure to enjoy. The Tuneables, by the Music Intelligence Project, is a short 30 minute animated DVD series which takes an unique approach to music education. With Zoe starting preschool tomorrow, I thought this was the perfect review item to get her ready for music class.
When The Tuneables arrived Zoe couldn’t wait to pop in this kids music DVD. For some reason the DVD player was malfunctioning the day this arrived so we put it in the laptop so she could watch. She immediately told me she was going to like this and I asked her why? She said it is about music! “I love music mommy” In The Tuneables, the children; Annie and Max visit the local music shop for lessons, when they noticed a music box playing music. When out of curiosity Max reaches out to touch the music box it magically transforms the room and the kids are now in Tuneville which is the magical world where they learn about music. Zoe was glued to the laptop screen and listened and then joined in. Annie and Max meet amazing talking instrument characters with personality. They are the Tuneables and teach Annie and Max about tones, beats, melodies, rhythms, singing voices and more through music. As a mom who likes to watch anything the first time around, I appreciate how they repeat what was just taught, so my child could learn a little easier. At only four, she likes anything repeated to her. The characters were fun, the songs were age appropriate and it was educational. Music is enjoyable for our entire family, and this DVD/CD proved to be entertaining for Zoe. Gavyn who is nine thought it was a little boring, and the characters were more for the younger crowd but he did sit in on it.
The Music Box: I Love Music! CD which arrives in the 2 disc set reinforces the curriculum in the DVD and helps build a child’s exposure to classic children’s music. Zoe just received a new CD player for her room, and several times a day I’ll here the music blaring in there. I go in and find her dancing to all the songs, as well as singing. There are songs from the DVD, classical, and a few nursery rhymes she was thrilled to her, especially the ABC’s. We have enjoyed having both in our collections.
The Tuneables is for ages 3-8 and will definitely encourage your child to engage in the activities shown. You may find your child singing throughout the DVD and CD, listening closely and copying what is being taught. If you are a parent you may download free companion guides that provide in-depth information about how to expand the musical experiences on the DVD and your child’s learning. But don’t worry. You do not need any special knowledge about music!
The Tuneables is available online at www.thetuneables.com which you can purchase in the box set or separately. There are also downloadable versions and you can learn more about the characters and the DVD.