Music-Math Integrated Activities For Elementary and Middle School Students

Music-Math Integrated Activities For Elementary and Middle School Students

This book provides a comprehensive connection between mathematics and world-wide cultures through 43 musical instrument designing activities and 12 music composition activities. In each activity, we provide a Background section detailing concise historical or cultural information about the origin, development or the characteristics of the musical instruments as well as music composition theory. In the Recommend Music and Musicians section, we provide musical pieces from great masters and contemporary musicians for each instrument. In the Mathematical Standard and Mathematical Concepts section, we detail the mathematics content covered in the activity matching the corresponding NCTM standards. Finally, the Activity & Questions section allows students to engage in each activity as well as discuss questions allowing students to share their ideas in groups.

ISBN: 978-0-9819966-0-8
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011924459

Reviewed by NCTM: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 19, No. 7 (March 2014), pp. 452-455

This book contains integrated math activities for elementary and middle school students and is designed to help make mathematical connections. The book has several strengths: It can be used as a mathematics intervention and with auditory, rhythmic, and musical learners. It also has several weaknesses; namely, that many of the activities require a hands-on use of instruments. We did not have access to the instruments, which made instruction less effective. In addition, the activities did not appeal to all students. That said, this book integrates mathematics and music through an exploration of musical instruments and music history. Unfortunately, those of us who teach in an inner city public school may not have resources to purchase instruments that would have made the instruction more meaningful. I think the book is an excellent resource for public school students, where there is an entire population of musical, auditory learners. Lack of funding for instruments can hinder the effectiveness of the material.

—Cindy Thomas

Cardozo Middle School

Jackson, Mississippi

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