A Music and Math Lesson Idea for all Grades
Participants will apply the names of ocean creatures to musical rhythms in box notation.
Music—reading notation, creating
Math—patterns, fractions and percents
· Drill the students on the following rhythm counting system. The rhythms should be spoken evenly so that they divide the beat accordingly:
Place the symbols in a 4 by 4 grid and say them. Keep the beat—one beat per box.
· Start with simple rhythms and work up to the more difficult ones.
· Eventually leave out the sound on “m”.
· Clap the rhythm (each syllable) while saying the names.
· Clap the rhythm (each syllable) while thinking the names (for “m” hands go out to sides).
· Replace the clapping with other body percussion or instruments.
· Perform the grid backwards, down each column, or in a round.
· Have one group repeat a row over and over and then add other groups on other rows.
· Figure fractions and percentages (How many barracudas are there?).
· Expand in to much larger grids.
· Divide into groups and create grooves using the grids.
Use the grooves to accompany spoken patterns such as times tables or songs-that-teach.
Change the rhythm names to reflect other habitats.