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“Music Math” teaches order of operations using note values
6, 5, 4
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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