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Subjects

• Music
• Math

• 3-5
• 6-8

Brief Description

Students use the values of musical notes to complete math problems.

Objectives

Students

• learn the names and values of musical notes,
• define the word beat as it relates to music,
• learn how fractions relate to music note values,
• complete math problems using music note values.

Keywords

Materials Needed

• chart paper or colored tagboard
• markers
• teacher-selected textbooks or library sources on music note values or a printout from the site noted in the lesson for teacher reference
• paper
• pens or pencils

Lesson Plan

• Prior to the lesson, create a chart showing the names and values of musical notes. Consult teacher-selected textbooks or library sources or the following Web site for reference.
Introduction to Music Theory
(click on teaching topics in left margin list)
• Introduce the chart. Discuss the meaning of the word beat as it relates to music. Explain the note names and values; for example, a whole note has four beats, a half note has two beats. Discuss the use of fractions and math values in music.
• Create math problems for students to solve using music note values. Put the examples on the board or develop a work sheet. Here are some examples:
1/2 note + 1/2 note = how many beats?
1/2 note + 1/4 note = how many beats?
Two half notes = what kind of note?
Four quarter notes = what kind of note?
Two dotted half notes = how many beats?
Variation: Create problems using note symbols only. Have students write the solutions as the number of beats or numerical equivalents.

Assessment