General Music Today
A musician and mathematics educator create and implement a set of elementary school lessons integrating music and math. Students learn the basics of music theory including identifying notes and learning their fractional values. They learn about time signature and how to determine if the note values in a measure are correct. Students are motivated by listening to popular culture music and clapping to the beat. The culminating activity involves students creating their own 4-bar song using their knowledge of time signature, note values, and fraction
addition. Finally the music teacher or capable student can sing or perform student created songs. The lessons described in this article provide strategies to help music educators and elementary school classroom teachers integrate music with math for more meaningful learning in both areas.
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