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“Music Math” teaches order of operations using note values

Subjects:

Math, Music  

Grades:

4, 5, 6  

Title – Music Math
By – Dawn Moore
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Music
Grade Level – 4-6

Music Math is a great way to reinforce math skills while learning and reinforcing notes and note values.

I usually use this for upper grades and teach order of operations. I first write the equation using notes. Ex:

    (1/4 note + 1/4 note) + (1/2 note + 1/2 note) – (1/2 note – whole note) = 4 or a whole note

I explain how to always solve what is in the parentheses first, then translate the notes into number values. In number form, it would look like this

      (1 + 1) + (2 + 2) – (2 – 4) = 4

      (2) + (4) + (-2) = 4

      (6) + (-2) = 4

    4 = Whole Note

My kids love this and love to challenge one another. It is a great brain stretching activity that kills two birds with one stone.

You can make this as easy or as difficult as you like. I also use notes outside of the parentheses for algebraic equations.

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