#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!  In this You Tube video,  drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music and shows how different styles of music rely on math.

How can you spend your Math Minutes this week?
  •  Watch Clayton Cameron’s video and post a comment about something new you learned.
  • Read this article to find out how the Fibonacci Sequence shows up in music.  This article has even more connections to music and math.  After reading the articles, post a comment about something new you learned.  When posting a comment, use your first name, grade, and school (i.e. Tyler, 5, Sunset).  Do not publish your email.
  • If you’re a musician, you already know quite a bit about how math and music are related.  We’d love to showcase your work by posting something you created on our Student Showcase Wiki.  Write (or play) a piece of music and email a picture (or audio file) to the EY coordinator at your building.

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18 thoughts on “#48: Music and Math

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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!

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

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