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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About Us » Our History
The Music Intelligence Project is rooted in the experiences of Drs. Patsy and Robert Johnson's teaching music to young children. As professional music educators, they recognized the potential for significant music learning in their own preschool-aged children, so they began in the early 1970s looking for materials and resources that would provide beneficial educational experiences in music for them. Although the Johnsons were experienced with music training programs for young children — most notably the Suzuki violin program—they recognized a need for a program of instruction for young children that was easily accessed by children and parents and that could provide the foundation for any specialized or advanced music learning.
Building on the writings of such authors as Frances Webber Aronoff and Edwin E. Gordon and drawing on their own experiences in teaching music, the Johnsons crafted a unique curriculum for young children that focused on developing the singing voice, listening skills, and movement. Additionally, the curriculum developed conceptual understandings of melody and harmony, rhythm, and musical design. As graduate students, the Johnsons implemented this program in response to the interests of parents of preschool children in married-student housing at the University of Michigan.
From an initial enrollment of 35 students, the program quickly gained a reputation among parents as a successful, necessary experience for their children. As enrollments mushroomed, the program drew the attention of the University of Michigan's School of Music and Robert was asked to offer a graduate level course in teaching music to young children, the first of its kind at the University.
Following graduate school, the Johnsons continued to develop their program. They offered classes privately and in schools, developed courses in teaching music to preschool children at universities, designed audio and video materials, and gave hundreds of workshops for teachers in early childhood education in local, regional, and national meetings.
The Johnsons, in their positions as university professors, examined the effects of their program. They found that children who participated in the Johnson's preschool music curriculum had higher success rates in subsequent music study on a musical instrument, scored higher on a readiness test for Kindergarten, and were found by their school teachers to have better listening skills than children who had not participated in the program.
More recently, research scientists on brain development strongly confirmed that substantive music instruction for young children, the type of instruction that was offered in the Johnsons' program, has a beneficial effect on a child's overall intellectual development. This confirmation along with the recent developments in electronics led to the creation of the Music Intelligence Project in order to utilize the powerful presentation and interactive potential found through multimedia platforms including interactive computer activities, audio and videos. Led by their daughter Jill Todd, the Music Intelligence Project, develops programs designed to teach young children these important foundational music skills in and interactive, engaging and accessible way.