The Tuneables Get Tuned Up - Music Curriculum

Now for the first time your children can learn - really learn - music skills at home with The Tuneables!

The new DVD/CD collection, sponsored by the Music Intelligence Project*, takes a unique approach to music education. Typical DVDs/CDs encourage kids to sing and dance along, or passively listen--not to learn music fundamentals. Real music learning provided by The Tuneables requires focused attention and active participation.


This little snippet happens to be my favorite  . . . The Bell family helps introduce the major tonal scale...Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La and Ti. Thankfully I don't need any special knowledge about music in order to teach to my children. The CD provides me with the how to expand my children's musical experiences utilizing The Tuneables DVD/CD.

Sadly, The school my children have been attending up to last year did not offer Music as a normal class period. It was offered after school as an enrichment course. Up to this point, my children have not had a formal Music class. Last January, my daughter began homeschool with me and the coop she attended had a Music class. For the first time my daughter was exposed to Music and she LOVED it.

I did not know what curriculum I was going to use for Music this year for all my children as I was still undecided. I was contacted to review The Tuneables and I know fate had stepped into my home. I will be using The Tuneables for our Music curriculum this school year and all my children will benefit as they fit the age range for this DVD/CD.

Luckily The Tuneables sent along a DVD and CD Parent Guide that walks me through objectives of each musical experiences and activities. I now have 16 weeks of music planned out and I am so excited that I actually know what I am doing in relation to music. Because frankly, I don't have a clue from Do or Re!

The children can enjoy watching and listening to the magical world of Tuneville as the delightful Tuneable characters encourage them to hear and sing tonal patterns in songs, develop their rhythmic skills, expand the range of their singing voices, and become immersed in the sounds and melodies of classical music.

With The Tuneables, my children will "hear it, do it and name it", which will build on aural perception, kinesthetic response and verbal assocation. And Guess what, I will be learing these skills right along side them!

Also included are wonderful printouts to color (see below) I have added to our weekly Music class at homeschool Casa Tiaras & Tantrums. If you are looking for a Music curriculum as enrichment or for your homeschool class, I highly recommend The Tuneables DVD/CD collection.

We especially enjoy "Mo" --  Musical Macaroni! That's short for Mozart...Stradivarius to be exact.We love Mo because this year my daughter have decided to begin violin lessons and because he's so darn cute!




Some information taken from The Tuneables website:

What are the curriculum objectives in The Tuneables™ Series?

The Tuneables addresses the following curriculum objectives:

  • Content Knowledge (Rhythm and Tonality)
  • Musical Expression
  • Performance Skills
  • Musical Repertoire

I. Content Knowledge (Rhythm and Tonality)

Musical content knowledge is advanced through the development of what might be called a musical vocabulary.

This vocabulary consists of easily performed and uniquely named patterns. These patterns emerge from two streams—one rhythmic and the other tonal. The goal is for students to recall these patterns and sing and play them, recognize them in familiar music, identify them in unfamiliar settings, read them in musical notation, and create new music by combining the patterns in novel ways or inventing new combinations of tones. The mastery of a large vocabulary of rhythm and tonal patterns is the foundation for successful music performance and music literacy.

Rhythm Learning: Rhythm learning’s foundation rests on the beat and incorporates groupings of beats and divisions of beats to form rhythm patterns.

In The Tuneables™ program, rhythm patterns are presented, repeated, performed, named and recognized in various songs and musical compositions. These patterns are introduced in a sequence that enables young children to maintain a sense of the inherent logic of timed musical events as their learning and maturation proceed. Rhythmic movements demonstrated by animated characters are chosen so that they are easily performed and enhance conceptual understanding.

Tonal Learning: Tonal learning’s foundation rests on the perception of tonality and the inherent logic that this tonality is derived from a collection of notes (scale) that have musical meaning because of their relationship to one tone, called the “tonal center” ("home tone" or “final resting tone”).

In The Tuneables™ program, tonal patterns consist of two to five tones that children sing in songs, hear in isolation, and sing the tonal syllables (do, re, mi, etc.) associated with those tones. The sequence for the introduction of each new pattern is chosen to gradually introduce and then strengthen the perception of tonality.

II. Musical Expression

 The enjoyment of music expands as children understand and experience the expressive elements available in music performance.

 The Tuneables™ addresses this musical dimension by providing experiences with tempo (faster or slower), dynamics (louder and softer), articulation (smooth or detached), tone color (instrument and vocal sounds—individual and combinations), style (march, lullaby, dance, etc.), texture (density or transparency of sound), and mood (the emotion that the combination of music events projects, e.g., excited, calm, happy, etc.). All songs are accompanied with appropriate and interesting accompaniments to exemplify one or more of these expressive elements, and the actions of the animated characters are designed to reflect typical human responses to expressive effects.

III. Performance Skills

 The Tuneables™ develops performance skills by providing accurate models and appropriate activities leading to performance accuracy. 

 Singing accuracy is addressed by including activities that give the voice flexibility and extend its range and by providing songs in a singing range that is best suited to the young child’s voice. Children are asked to imitate singing models that are highly accurate in pitch and rhythm. Songs, at first, are limited to one key, and then gradually expanded to other keys as the child develops the vocal control necessary to achieve good pitch accuracy. Harmonic accompaniments are also devised that, through experience, have been shown to best support the singing pitch production of the child.

 Rhythmic accuracy is developed through a variety of movement activities that are easily imitated and performed. The animated characters while performing the music provide rhythmically accurate models of these movements. Children also develop rhythmic accuracy when they join in singing with the animated characters.

IV. Musical Repertoire

 The Tuneables™ introduces children to a standard repertoire of music literature from the classical, popular, folk, and jazz traditions.

 Each DVD features a composer and introduces the children to the sounds of the composer’s work by incorporating well-know musical themes and compositions into songs and other activities. Traditional children’s songs are utilized when appropriate for learning musical concepts. These songs and songs composed for The Tuneables™ program feature exciting and imaginative accompaniments that give children experience with the great music traditions.

*The Music Intelligence Project promotes the best approaches to music education for children. It brings together a group of musicans, educators, researchers, and creative professionals to support the design and development of the best available products for educating young children in music. For more information, visit