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Math Meets Music Educational Materials

Math Meets Music – Information and Classroom Materials for Teachers

The Math Meets Music concert will explore a number of math concepts from Common Core learning standards and their musical applications. Concertgoers will hear an exceptional variety of music, including:

  • “Fanfare” from La Péri by Paul Dukas
  • “Nimbus 2000” from Harry Potter by John Williams
  • Cartoon Music by Larry Spivack & Michael Hinton
  • Sinfonia in G Major, RV 149 – I. Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Serenade, K.525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by W. A. Mozart
  • Hands Across the Sea by John Philip Sousa
  • “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter by John Williams

Students will investigate a number of math concepts, including fractions, multiplication, graphing, sequencing, frequency, and more! In preparation for the concert, you and your students can discover some of these applications now using the classroom modules below.

  • Pitch and Frequency [DOWNLOAD HERE] – Create your own instruments and experiment with a variety of sounds to learn how high and low sounds are made. Make comparisons expressed as fractions, and try graphing students’ observations to look for patterns.
  • Sequences [DOWNLOAD HERE] – What is a musical sequence, and how is it like a mathematical sequence? Practice singing and listening for sequences. Get a sneak peek of Vivaldi’s Sinfonia in G Major, RV 149(performed on the concert), quantify sequences in the score, and try to complete his string parts before the concert!
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