EDU270 – Lesson 6: Music and Math

Until this lesson, I had no idea these two were married – Music and Math.

As a student, for years I listened to classical music while studying.  I always said, “It helps me concentrate.”  I really had no idea if that was scientifically accurate or not.  Perhaps it is something I heard or read and instantly adapted to it. I believed it; therefore, it worked.  When I listen to soft classical music, I remain focused and do well academically.

Now, as a teacher I am learning how to effectively incorporate music in the classroom while instructing students.  This is great because I enjoy music as much as my students do.  In fact, this has created a bit of a bond between my students and I.  We discuss music frequently – even different genres.

The core subject I teach is reading.  I have always told myself that I am not ‘good with math.’  I also believed this to the point of being math averse.  I co-tutor students after school.  The majority of the students need assistance with math homework.  I am usually avoiding those students like the plague!  It is not my subject.

The text for this course, “Brain-based Learning” taught me that music and math are married in the sense that they share the following concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Counting
  • Geometry
  • Ratios/Proportions and Equivalent Fractions
  • and Sequences

Although, I do not teach math, I certainly find it useful to understand the connections between the two.  By taking the opportunity to engage my students both mathematically and musically during reading instruction – I will benefit them by enhancing their ability to learn and find meaning in what they are learning.   

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Author: Davina "Dee" Lyons

Davina Lyons is a Middle School English Language Arts Teacher who is passionate about teaching, and inspiring others to create the personal and financial success they desire and deserve! Her mission is to inspire others to #THRIVE! In addition to teaching Middle School, she is a Le-Vel Brand Promoter. You are invited to learn more about "The Thrive Experience" by checking out her website www.davinalyons.le-vel.com or visiting the Le-vel Facebook fanpage www.Facebook.com/levelbrands Remember to THRIVE!

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