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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Why Should Young Children Listen to Mozart's Music?

Parents often ask, "What recordings should I have my children listen to?" High on the list of recommendations are compositions by Mozart and his contemporary, Haydn. Among the many reasons given for choosing these two composers, and others like them, is that their music is highly suited to stimulate brain development in young children as well as providing an excellent foundation upon which to develop basic concepts of music.

The next question naturally follows, "What is so special about the music of Mozart and Haydn?" The answer is in the rules these composers use to choose and organize the melody, harmony, and rhythm in their compositions. These rules give an order and structural clarity to these elements. This structural clarity in the music of Mozart and Haydn is what makes their music especially memorable to the young child. 

When a child recognizes the structure of music, a specific part of the brain is activated, the same part of the brain that is also activated when a child recognizes the meaningful structure of words in a sentence. In this case, brain activation by listening to Mozart's music and others like it can have a positive developmental effect on language comprehension and intelligence.


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Posted by Robert E. Johnson on 13 October 2010

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