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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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Robert Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Johnson is a career music educator, composer, and performer. After beginning his career as a school music teacher, he earned his doctorate in music from the University of Michigan and held university professor positions for twenty-five years. He began his work with music for young children by developing curricular and instructional strategies that provided substantive music learning and skills development. To support this effort, he identified an age-appropriate repertoire of songs and music literature and created or arranged over two hundred songs designed to teach or reinforce important musical learning. The program was introduced to hundreds of children.

Dr. Johnson advanced the cause of early childhood music education as a university professor by offering courses to prepare teachers, conducting research and sharing the results at conferences, and conducting workshops for parents and caregivers of young children. He utilizes the demonstration class as a means for observers to see first hand how appropriate experience and instruction in music can propel the young child's musical and intellectual development. He emphasizes the importance of selecting and sequencing essential music learning as well as engaging the children in cognitive skills appropriate for the individual child. Dr. Johnson has observed that all children benefit from learning music, and he supports the research findings indicating that the greatest benefit is obtained when learning begins in the earliest years of the child's life.

Patsy Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Patsy Johnson is a professional educator who began her career teaching music in the public schools, directing children's choirs, and maintaining a piano studio. These experiences formed the foundation of a music instruction program for preschool children that was expanded and developed over many years. Her direct teaching contact with thousands of children and hundreds of teachers of early childhood music revealed her success in developing unusual levels of musical competence in children. Her reputation has resulted in dozens of requests for workshop and clinics for teachers and for presentations at early childhood education conferences. She incorporated music education programs for young children in private music classes, music programs in preschool settings, and music education courses at colleges and universities. 

Dr. Johnson extended her expertise in early childhood education by holding positions as a general preschool teacher of four- and five-year-old children.  She then earned her doctorate in education and held positions at universities with graduate programs in educational leadership. As an award winning professor, her courses and research emphasized the importance of a sequential coordinated program of instruction beginning with early childhood throughout the public school years.  Her research emphasized the nurturing and fair environments for all learning.  She underscored the important role of the arts in a child's intellectual development and incorporated the latest findings of brain research regarding the arts in her courses and lectures. 

Drs. Robert and Patsy Johnson have collaborated not only in early childhood music education but also in marriage. Many insights about the benefits of music learning for enhanced intellectual growth emerged as they guided their three children through many of the experiences supported by the Music Intelligence Project. Now, they have moved on to the next generation as they tap in to new technologies while engaging their grandchildren in music learning.