# #48: Music and Math

### Music is a powerful communication tool–it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question.  Music is also connected to math!

1. Set up your math mini spark recording page:#48: Music and Math
2. In this You Tube video,  drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music and shows how different styles of music rely on math. Watch Clayton Cameron’s video and write about something new you learned.

3. Read this Kennedy Center article about math showing up in music and record a few new ideas.

4. Watch this video about the Fibonacci Sequence and how it shows up in music. Record 3 ideas on your recording page.

5. Share your math mini spark recording page with your teacher/EY coordinator.

## 18 thoughts on “#48: Music and Math”

1. Sarina K. says:

The Fibonacci sequence is a famous and well-known sequence that follows as 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and so on. Adding each term to the one before it to create the next term.

2. Saanvi 6, LL says:

Its really cool to see that everything you see has some type of math in it……

3. William S., 5 Swanson says:

Something I found really interesting was that the Fibonacci system went on forever. I thought it only went to 89.

I think that it’s cool that math can be in music.

I learned that arithmetic was in music, but also in math. Today this guy showed me how you could use it in music also with a little hint of math.

The music is math because 4 and 3. If you take a 4beat 3times you have three sets of 4 and it makes great music and it’s a little slow but if you take 3beats 4times it’s will be cool music that is more faster

That was a really cool video and I like how he called it a rhythm-etic

Beats are mathematical fractions of time

That video was really cool. I liked how he changed to different categories like jazz to hip ho,p but the main thing is there’s math in music! He was talking about how you can divide or subdivide so it’s surprising with math in music

10. Jack W., 5, Swanson says:

It’s weird how you can do math while playing music. Especially that fractions are one of the reasons notes have less beats or more beats.

11. Jack W, Swanson, 5 says:

I REALLY want to go to the Extreme Math Seminar!

12. You are right about math being in music, but did you know math is in everything? One example is programming with all the numbers. Another is art without letting you know you using the xy axis or z axis if 3d.

13. Reece, 4, Westgate says:

I learned that pitches have to do with decimals such as a c is 261.63
And C sharp is 277.18.

14. Max, 6th Grade, Oakdale says:

Musicians can improve using math and fractions, which make up the counts and timing in all of music.

15. I play lots of instruments and the beat indicates fractions and instruments can help fractions multiplication and most subjects

16. Sara Charles 4, Swanson says:

It is really cool to think that listening to music can help you with math! I love listening to music, so it’s amazing that all this time music has been connected t math in so many ways!

17. Evan 3 Loveland says:

I agree. I’m amazed by how many decimals there are on the piano and other mathematic sequences too!