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Interview with pianist Mădălina Pasol
We spoke about the game Guess the Music, which is meant for children and adults alike
What can children learn by playing Guess the Music, a game that you created?
Guess the Music is a game where children or adults who want to take piano lessons again can very easily learn the main signs we use during the first piano classes, such as musical notes, the treble clef, the bass clef, the diesis, the flat, the duration of the notes - the quarter note, the half note, the eighth note, the whole note, with explanations that everyone can understand. The game can be played by two to six players and has 35 cards. It's a very fun game and is a great hit with children. It works very well, especially for someone taking piano lessons.
The game can be useful to both students and teachers?
Yes, it can. I use this game a lot when teaching, that's why I created it in the first place. Children today have very good visual memory and need a lot more information and input because they are used to their tablets, to colourful and attractive things from their experiences outside of the music classroom. It's a game that teachers can use very well and it helps a lot. For instance, you can only pick the duration of the notes and play with them by shuffling the cards that explain them and you can do rhythmic games with the children.
Is the game on sale in bookshops?
It is, you can find it in Grafoart, the Eminescu Bookshop, the Papirus Bookshop in Piața Romană - for now, at least, it's easier to find in Bucharest. For orders for the rest of the country, people can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are very active both as a pianist and as a teacher. You revealed that you're currently working on other games for children. Could you tell us more?
I created a pianino, which is a game, a puzzle made of wood. It's a game that shows you the musical keyboard, and on the keys there are tokens that have to be inserted in the right slots. Right now I'm working on a book for beginners, which is aimed at helping children write and read notes on musical scores easier.
Translated by George Arion,
MTTLC 1, Universitatea București