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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 5/Day 2- The Math in Music (Rising 1st)

Posted by on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in SAVY.

The Math in Music class had an excellent second day! The morning began with some fun music making – we were dancing, singing, and playing lots of instruments. We learned a new song and made egg maracas using plastic eggs, beans, and rice. Students learned that different materials can impact the way instruments sound! We hope to feature our egg maracas in a little performance on Friday.

The class reviewed all the great things we learned about patterns yesterday. Students practiced completing and identifying growing and repeating patterns. They also drew their own pattern to share with their table.

After snack break, we focused on becoming familiar with rhythmic patterns. Students created their own way to notate patterns by drawing what they heard on the drum. We then learned how to say and read stick notation for paired eighth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, and even sixteenth notes! Some students have seen these notes before, but were excited to discover new ways to say the patterns out loud.

We also began our introduction into how we use arithmetic in music! Students discovered that we can use addition to calculate the number of sounds in a rhythm pattern. We also learned that the number of sounds might be different from the number of beats!

Tomorrow, we will start discussing even and odd numbers and relate them to the number of sounds and beats we find in different musical patterns. This will prepare us for discovering patterns for even and odd algorithms and applying it to a musical composition!

Ms. Jessica Lawson