Educational Technology

April 3, 2012

Teaching Math With Music

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Kristina Chew, Care2 Make a Difference

Music can help children learn difficult fraction concepts, according to a new study in Educational Studies in Mathematics. Researchers used a curriculum called “Academic Music” that, says Science Daily, uses “music notation, clapping, drumming and chanting” to introduce concepts of fractions to third-graders. The study is small in scope (only including 67 students at one school in the San Francisco Bay Area). But the combination of instruction in music and rhythm to teach math sounds very promising especially as it seems to draw on the notion of multiple intelligences, that there are other ways to learn including using one’s “bodily-kinesthetic” capacities.

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