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‘Listen to 5 Minutes of Classical Music’ at Grigore Moisil Highschool of Timișoara
Coverage made bySimona Stoița - Radio România Timișoara.
We arrived at the Theoretical Highschool "Grigore Moisil" from Timișoara. Who am I talking to?
Farca Selena, 5th grade from the Theoretical Highschool Grigore Moisil.
Selena, how did you view this project which is coming from far away, Bucharest, from our colleagues of Radio Romania Music, namely " Listen to 5 Minutes of Classical Music "?
Our teacher told us about it and we wanted to participate. We visited the site and we entered in the competition.
My name is Neagu Ina. I am in the 5th grade C, same grade as Selena.
Ina, how are stories about music?
They are beautiful.
Do you have the feeling that the music has changed you a little?
Yes, it made me a bit more sensitive.
What does it mean the art of music?
It means to feel the music, to be passionate as it is our music teacher.
So, the project Radio Romania Music, is important, is welcomed here, in your music classroom?
Yes, it is.
What about sending a message to our colleagues from Radio Romania Music?
Well… I would say that the music is beautiful and that is worth to be listened.
Should they continue the project?
Yes, they should.
Because it is very interesting.
And we get to…
Carina Harcău. Music is very beautiful and helps the children to open up because most of them are very shy and when you watch them you have the impression that they are antisocial and when they listen to music it seems like they open up, it's like you can ask them anything and they will be able to answer. This project helps the children to develop, to obtain more general knowledge. And because it had to happen for a long time, the children feel better now because they can listen to 5 minutes, they can enter the competition, they can win awards for our school. basically, I think that all children enjoy this project.
The classical music, generically said, is it difficult to understand?
No, it is very easy to understand, if you also feel the song, because you will never understand music unless you listen to it with your heart, your soul, not only with your ears.
And besides all this, are the explanations and the story behind the score or inside the score important?
Yes, they are because is it just like history. A man cannot live without history, so a score or anything else cannot live without its history… how the music was written or how others perceived it. It is very important! When you listen, besides listening to the song, you can also read history. It's like seeing how it was composed or received before, or simply how it was its evolution
What's your name?
Mădrom Bianca Ioana. The project is a very good idea because a child can develop its knowledge, and find out a lot more about music.
These 5 minutes are too long or too short?
They are very short, I would like to listen to more music. I have a message for Radio Romania Music. They have thought these five minutes of music very well because music is beautiful and worth to be listened to.
Together with the students, Mrs. Codruța Tomescu: "I teach Music Education and, as I like to say, I take care of the children's souls."
Does the "Listen to 5 Minutes of Classical Music" project, initiated by Radio Romania Music, brings an advantage through these auditions?
I consider it like a medicine for us, a variant of universal panacea, because we are mathematicians, but music is the mathematics of sounds, so we relax in those 5 minutes, the children found out new information because the programme is very well organized, so they are not overwhelmed by the information and they can only keep the essence of it. I could give an example in that sense. The girls talked about Georges Bizet and the famous work Carmen. Of course, they listened to Farandola of the second Suite Arleziana, but I automatically referred to Carmen, so they remain with important information; they already know Georges Bizet and of course there are others to follow.
What do you think about this selection of works? They are different as age, style, genre.
Those who have thought about the project have done a wonderful job of gathering so many different works because it has a very high percentage in their souls and it is a great privilege to work with them; their soul is such a fresh land that music is like a well-placed seed there, and it will later bear fruit. I wish for the children that interact with me and with the music, to become well-balanced adults and I have this faith that it can be achieved through music.
Coming back to the music's content, I want to ask you how complicated it is to explain to the children what the historical musical ages mean and this genres and languages of artistic expression- new and abstract concepts.
It is not complicated because they have logic, so I think all is interconnected. It is very important to explain them the ages of the music history for them to understand that music was written in different styles, because if they know this, the appetite for listening is different, and the other is the opening when they are introduced into the atmosphere of that time.
What was the route for this implementation of the project?
We have a very good communication with the School Inspectorate this came on the same day from two parts: from the School Inspectorate through Inspector Dan Băcilă and through Mrs Carmen Cerasela Bociu, who, when she received the mail with the information on this project at national level, redirected me the mail and I found out as soon as possible the existence of this project and I implemented it at the level of the middle classes and I also experienced it at the primary school.
I invite Professor Codruța Tomescu to dismantle a myth, namely that for generations, we felt like former students that music, Music Education, as it is now said, is a Cinderella in the catalogue. Has it stayed or not?
I say she is not a Cinderella in the catalogue, I say she is a princess of our souls and I think that the one who tells the children about music makes the difference. And there's no way music can remain Cinderella, and God forbid, to be at the level of dexterity! No! It is art and, as I said, it is a balm for our souls.
I know this school makes performance - the Theoretical Highschool "Grigore Moisil". I want to ask, what were the words from the managers related to these auditions, about this project?
The director, for having reacted so quickly, has done us a lot of good, because we have managed to implement the project right from the start. A person with a special knowledge as it is Ms. Director knows that a balanced human being must have both will and thought, but also sensitivity, and then we speak of them in the proportions of the equilateral triangle.
Translated by Elisabeta Motoi,
MTTLC 2nd year, University of Bucharest