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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