Muzundrum: The Game of Musicians
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Teaching Tips

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Teamwork

Playing Muzundrum in teams is a great way to get an entire class involved in a single game, and to allow beginners to learn from their more advanced teammates.

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Name That Tune

When a student or team adds a die to the game, have them define the possiblities they're putting into motion. If they place an Eb over a C, for example, they might say "this is a potential C Minor Triad, if a G is added up top; or a potential A Diminished or Ab Major Triad if an A or Ab is added below." If they add an A to the scale fragment E-F-G, they might say "this a potential C or F scale."

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Play That Tune

When working with students who have their instruments handy, they can of course play what's on the board, either as they go or when the game is finished. Playing along with Muzundrum is a great way to get triads and scales under a student's hands, and to help them verify with their ears what their mind is learning.

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Sing That Tune

Another possibility is to have students sing the notes they add to the game – it's excellent ear training, and yet another way to the reinforce the ear/mind connection.

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à la Mode

Most scale fragments in a Muzundrum game don't start on do. In addition to naming the scale or scales a fragment may be part of, students can also define what mode they're looking at: the fragment A-Bb-C-D, for example, is both the beginning of F Phrygian and Bb Locrian.

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Interrelationships

Encourage students to explore the relationships between intersecting scales and triads. It's helpful, for example, to recognize that ti in the scale of C is the same note as fa in the scale of Gb, and vice versa.

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Beyond Muzundrum

Outside of the of the Muzundrum game, the Musician's Dice may be randomly rolled and students can simply sing whatever comes up, as well as define the interval. More ear training, more theory ... we like that!

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