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Trebellina Ages 1-4 Music Dvd

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

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  • Format: DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 32 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B4I4ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"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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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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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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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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As a parent you are going to watch this and be like really? This is so boring and annoying, but for toddlers this video is brain candy! My tot wants this video over and over again and calls it by name! I was amazed at how much she has learned from it. At just two she recognizes instruments not only by sight, but by sound. She matches pitches when they are played on the video or on the piano by me. She knows what notes are and that the keys on a piano match the notes I read and play. She picks up a music book and says, Mommy look at the notes. The notes are going up here and down here. Look mommy that's trebelina ( the treble clef), that's a rest. The rest means the notes stop. No I'm not kidding!! It's amazing really. Get this video and play it often.
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