Music and mathematics have been linked together for thousands of years, but rarely have students had the opportunity to explore the many connections that exist between them. To try to fill this gap, Mike Thayer of Hyperbolic Guitars is developing a course. At the event, we will discuss the course outline, as well as math and music links in general.

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Math and music course philosophy

This course should attract musically-inclined students (and individuals) who may not have a "love" of mathematics, but who are willing to see where mathematics enters into their interest in music.

It should be HIGHLY INTERACTIVE - playing of music, demonstrations, perhaps even opportunities to design/build one's own instruments, composing music, creating scales, etc. Arguably the most important part of the course.

It should use DIFFERENT WAYS OF THINKING - apropos H. Gardner's Multiple Intelligences model, I think the course should allow for students with all different types of strengths to shine. Obviously, the musical and logical-mathematical ones will be incorporated explicitly, but as an example, can dance as it relates to music (physics perhaps?) come in somehow ("bodily-kinesthetic", in MI-speak)?

It should be TECHNOLOGICALLY RICH- we should take advantage of the Internet, advanced computing power and programs that are widely available, apps, what have you. It's the 21st century, right? And - the software resources should be open source preferably, freeware at the minimum. There will be costs for musical keyboards and such things, but hopefully those will come down in price and/or students would be able to use a cheap laptop (XO-style) to play on. NCTM has several interesting apps that could have relevance to this course:

Of course, there is also software like Audacity (a personal favorite), among others. Suggestions here would be most welcome.

It should be COHERENT. By that I mean that the course should have a flow, a logic, a reason for being and a "sweep". In a perfect world, it would also be possible to drop in and drop out of the course at various points of interest or lack thereof, but those who go through the course should get a sense of the ways in which a knowledge of mathematics can inform one's musical appreciation, and vice versa.

Event Host

Mike Thayer is a mathematics teacher at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey. Before teaching at Summit, he taught mathematics and physics at the Beacon School in New York City. He is very interested in alternatives to current mathematical teaching approaches, and in the ways in which technology, music, and engineering can be used to support an understanding of mathematics. Mike blogs at http://hyperbolicguitars.blogspot.com/ - a space "dedicated to filling the gap between the quantitative and the qualitative... one post at a time."

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Music and mathematics have been linked together for thousands of years, but rarely have students had the opportunity to explore the many connections that exist between them. To try to fill this gap, Mike Thayer of Hyperbolic Guitars is developing a course. At the event, we will discuss the course outline, as well as math and music links in general.

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## Event challenge!

Help Mike find a resource - a web page, a video, a music piece - to go with one of the topics in the course outline. Full syllabus and details of the outline:

http://hyperbolicguitars.wikispaces.com/Math+%26+Music+Course

Major topics:

Discussions beginning before the eventLinkedIn:"Math, Math Education, Math Culture" group http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=33207&type=member&item=90770482Hyperbolic Guitars blog:http://hyperbolicguitars.blogspot.com/2012/01/mathfuture-20-event-math-music-course.htmlMath Future email group:http://groups.google.com/group/mathfuture/browse_thread/thread/d6d5f8984afaec3This wiki:discussion tab http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/message/list/HyperbolicGuitarsCourseHow to joinhttp://tinyurl.com/MathFutureEvent## Math and music course philosophy

HIGHLY INTERACTIVE- playing of music, demonstrations, perhaps even opportunities to design/build one's own instruments, composing music, creating scales, etc. Arguably the most important part of the course.DIFFERENT WAYS OF THINKING- apropos H. Gardner's Multiple Intelligences model, I think the course should allow for students with all different types of strengths to shine. Obviously, the musical and logical-mathematical ones will be incorporated explicitly, but as an example, can dance as it relates to music (physics perhaps?) come in somehow ("bodily-kinesthetic", in MI-speak)?TECHNOLOGICALLY RICH- we should take advantage of the Internet, advanced computing power and programs that are widely available, apps, what have you. It's the 21st century, right? And - the software resources should be open source preferably, freeware at the minimum. There will be costs for musical keyboards and such things, but hopefully those will come down in price and/or students would be able to use a cheap laptop (XO-style) to play on. NCTM has several interesting apps that could have relevance to this course:COHERENT.By that I mean that the course should have a flow, a logic, a reason for being and a "sweep". In a perfect world, it would also be possible to drop in and drop out of the course at various points of interest or lack thereof, but those who go through the course should get a sense of the ways in which a knowledge of mathematics can inform one's musical appreciation, and vice versa.## Event Host

Mike Thayeris a mathematics teacher at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey. Before teaching at Summit, he taught mathematics and physics at the Beacon School in New York City. He is very interested in alternatives to current mathematical teaching approaches, and in the ways in which technology, music, and engineering can be used to support an understanding of mathematics. Mike blogs at http://hyperbolicguitars.blogspot.com/ - a space "dedicated to filling the gap between the quantitative and the qualitative... one post at a time."