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A wonderful book -- if you have the prerequisites

  • Oct 10, 2007
This is an exciting book, filled with really fascinating ways to approach both music and mathematics. Though the author is a high school teacher, he has included suggestions for using this approach with primary level students as well as more advanced ones. There is also a CD of musical passages to use.
The first activity in the book, for example, has students listen to certain tracks from the CD and decide what geometry term each could metaphorically represent. This could be a great way to approach the idea of teaching metaphors, as well as geometry. I can imagine spirited discussions of why a musical phrase might be considered oblique or parallel.
Unfortunately, unless you have a strong background in both music and math, you will find this book very hard to read, let alone use. Busy elementary school teachers are not going to slog through it, even though the gems hidden there are worth the effort.

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Music is Sound Learning! Like author Scott Beall, you can capitalize on your students' natural interest in music to deepen their understanding of functions, transformations, and multiple representations of relationships. With the engaging activities in Functional Melodies and the easy-to-use music CD, you will have everything you need to help students connect musical ideas to mathematical concepts. No musical training is necessary, but there is sure to be a performer in your class!

The lessons can be grouped as units of study or used individually in your algebra or geometry class. Every lesson features the following:

A conceptual warm-up for you and your students, to hand out as a reading or to read aloud A blackline resource-sheet master of facts, instructions, and examples Blackline activity masters Music CD tracks keyed to the activities In addition, you will find thorough teacher's notes that include the conceptual basis of the activities and ways to incorporate them in your class, as well as teaching tips, questions and answers, and discussion points.

You will find that your mathematics students understand functions or fractions or ratios better after they have seen and heard these mathematics concepts realized in music. With these lessons, students hear, visualize, perform, think, graph, and write about musical relationships and the mathematics they illustrate. An insightful essay by the author and a chart correlating mathematical topics to music topics precede the ...

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ISBN-10: 1559533781
ISBN-13: 978-1559533782
Author: Scott Beall
Publisher: Key Curriculum Press

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