Music Crab: reading music in gaming mode


How many children (and adults alike) have given up reading music because of music theory? To make the experience more fun, Eric Zorgniotti, Paris Opera cellist for over two decades, has come up with a new app for mastering the art of music: Music Crab.

Music Crab, is it a game or an elearning course? How does it work? 

Eric Zorgniotti : Music Crab (opens in a new window) is a mobile app launched four years ago to help parents introduce their children to music via a “smart” game. It is an elearning method that uses gaming techniques to recognise notes on a scale. It uses a playful, non-elitist, technique to train your ear at your own pace using your sensory memory. The app is accessible everywhere, for everyone, even without an internet connection.

Faced with the Coronavirus, what have you put in place?

Eric Zorgniotti : We have made the app free to use so that parents can offer a fun activity that is different from classic video games. There was a real demand from parents and teachers who found themselves at a loss when the lockdown was introduced. Following discussions with a group of teachers on Facebook, we realised they were looking for high quality digital tools to ensure learning continuity for their classes. One such tool is Music Crab. We have also been selected by UNESCO (opens in a new window) and feature in the list of educational

How will current events change your relationship with users and partners?

Eric Zorgniotti : The number of people using digital solutions will increase because their view has changed. They can see the need for these tools and how useful they are for learning. In terms of partnerships, we have also seen increased demand since March.

Are any new developments planned?

Eric Zorgniotti : We already had some plans before the crisis. We’re going to launch a version of Music Crab on Facebook so that people can challenge their friends in treble clef. We’re also developing a version of the app for teenagers so they can play along to their favourite music artists. Finally, we’re also looking at another version for pros and amateurs to take part in a remote “battle”. 

Orange and Music Crab, a harmonious partnership

“For the last two years, we’ve been receiving support from the Orange Foundation to develop the app, especially the Android version. They are continuing to help us, mainly in terms of communication and our launch in West Africa. With support from the Foundation, we hope to be included in the Orange start-up ecosystem.”

“We would like Music Crab to be distributed by Orange subsidiaries in Africa and Europe. We are working on this with Orange Content.”