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Trebellina Ages 1-4 Music Dvd (2005)

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)


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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 32 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B4I4ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 Dvd Produced in the USA Running Time : 32 minutes Upc code # 880984100015 Ages 1-4

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, informal intro May 11, 2009
"Teach Your Baby to Read Music with Trebellina," proclaims the DVD cover of Introducing Trebellina from the Cristofori Baby Company. Tapping into the trend towards early education (teach your baby to read, teach your baby to sign, etc.) Trebellina provides a lighthearted, informal introduction to simple music theory for one to four-year-olds.

Trebellina is an exuberant, animated treble clef that leads young children through a simple, lively introduction to Da Notes of the treble staff (a gang of bright, animated notes that live on the staff) with the help of her friends Rock Bassey (a bass cleff) and Rhythmo (an abstract representation of rhythm), while providing simple music appreciation segments. Various musical instruments, familiar songs, live action dance sequences, and rhythm recognition are all incorporated into this fast-paced half-hour program for pre-schoolers.

The child approval rating for the disc runs high in our home. All of our children from age six down to our ten-month-old baby are fascinated by the bright, fun-filled antics of Trebellina. They are learning the names of a variety of instruments, singing note names along with Trebellina, dancing to the live action sequences, and clapping along with Rhythmo. I might be imagining things, but I believe I heard our wee baby sing "F" after I echoed Trebellina's introduction to the note.

Personally, I don't recommend pushing young children into early academics, and my little ones aren't reading music yet. I am however, very interested in developing an affinity for music, rhythm and tonal recognition from a young age.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overated February 4, 2009
Despite all the rave reviews I found this DVD very poor. It is true that every note is introduced (A,B,C,D...) on the music staff, by singing,on the keyboard and sounded on the piano, but there is very little to help the child link the notation with musical sound. What we need are simple tunes with the notation displayed as the tune plays. We don't get this.

There are mistakes even in introductory part: (she sings an e instead of an f, and the piano sounds the last four notes one tone lower than it should).

We do get two bars of "old Macdonold" where the tune is played and the notation is shown at the same time. This is great, but it only happens for those two bars. For the rest of the music we either get no notation at all, or we get notation for a different tune altogether. Where we do get examples of music with matching notation the music is complicated (in many parts) and the notation does not follow the 'top line' but follows first one inner part and then another and is impossible to follow for a novice.

When "counting the rythmn" is introduced they use a complicated jazz piece with syncopations. This is very difficult and there is no explanation of what is going on. The counting gives up after a bit.

There are a few sequences showing people playing instruments (some times playing a different tune to the one on the soundtrack), but in many cases all we see is a still photo of the instrument or a photo of a soft toy playing a toy instrument.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended March 30, 2011
My husband is a classically trained Juilliard musician and I, a former dancer..our children, ages 2 and 4, are very responsive to and have a keen interest in music - singing, dancing, and playing all kinds of instruments (as do, potentially, all kids). As soon as we watched this video, we had to play it again, right away..oh, and again..and again! My kids ate "Trebellina" up! They were mesmerized, amused, and interactive..singing, dancing, vocalizing and repeating the notes and names of instruments. They, immediately, went looking for their own instruments with a renewed fascination. I enjoy the style of it, the animation reminding me of classic old 50s cartoons. The variety of visual and audible stimuli keeps it engaging, too. Honestly, even if I didn't love it (which I do), I would recommend it because my kids had such an enthusiastic response to something that teaches them something valuable and enjoyable!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly done March 19, 2010
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I bought this DVD for my 2 year old twins who love music. After reading all the rave reviews I purchased it on Amazon.
I was very disappointed with the quality and the sound. The animation is rudimentary at best and the songs have no rythem. I did not even finish the DVD it was so bad. The picture quality was pretty bad too, especially on the non-animated parts.
My kids lost interest quickly and I did not think it was easy to follow and make sense of it.
I play Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & Mary Poppins instead and feel like they learn more music, rythem and song from those movies.
I would return this DVD if I could. I am seriously thinking of throwing it away. I can't give this to anyone...
I definitely do not recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic for all ages July 19, 2008
I have 3 children ages 4, 7 and 10 who all love to watch this video. We have had it for a little over a year and they still love it. My oldest who refuses to take piano lessons, has taught herself to play the piano with the help of Trebellina. My 7 year old is able to play some songs as well. My 4 year old can locate the notes on the piano and can recognize the key if you play it for her. It is a great, fun and entertaining way to introduce music to kids of all ages. The animation is adorable-- it really captures and keeps kids' attention. Not too long--just perfect. It is so nice to see somrthing so different and creative. It seems like every other music video for kids is just a spin off of all the others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice concept with a lot more room for improvements.
The concept to introduce music is nice here in this DVD. But I want to recommend to the authors of this DVD to redo the animation to catch kids' attention of this era. Read more
Published 20 days ago by A. Pathak
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the most annoying thing (besides Barney) I've ever watched
This is the most annoying thing (besides Barney) I've ever watched. Low production quality and obviously budget. I see where they were going with it, but... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Barbie
3.0 out of 5 stars I won't recommend it.
Very short video, although some information in it, its not worth the money. I won't recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Y MA
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this. He was totally engaged the whole time
My little guy, aged 21 months, loved this. He was totally engaged the whole time. It's great for this age group. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Chubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Thomas!
My 22 mo old son loves it even more than Thomas the Train, thank God! Wonderful CD, it was very creative.
Published 8 months ago by C Scott Cheney
5.0 out of 5 stars Trebellina Magic!
I watched the video and thought it was kinda corny. But then my 16 month old granddaughter watched it, and now she has to watch it over and over, everyday. Read more
Published 8 months ago by carson mail lady
1.0 out of 5 stars Daughter can't stand this (I can't either)
I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this product. Our 2 year old loves music but won't watch this at all - she really doesn't like it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific
my 2 year old loves this dvd! He watched it once and is now singing songs and recognizing melodies. He keeps wanting to watch this over and over again. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexander Daszewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!!
Highly recommended!! I read a review saying that Trebellina was a very good start if one wanted to have the child to learn an instrument at some point. Read more
Published 17 months ago by HT
1.0 out of 5 stars overrated reviews
Absolute waste of money, at least for me. My kids never enjoyed it and I don't see how it's going to help 1 or 2 year old learn music . Read more
Published 17 months ago by sdmishra
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