Math and Latin Music

Middle schoolers research the origins of Latin music in Cuba and then engage in a project that asks them to combine math skills and knowledge of musical rhythms to create their own 10-measure Latin music rhythm display.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Set the stage for the lesson by having Cuban music playing as class members enter the room
  • Invite a math teacher with a music background to talk with the class about the mathematics of music
Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes instructors have a solid background in music education as well as in the mathematics of music
  • Would work best in an introduction to music or instrumental music class

  • Includes templates for the various handouts and a rubric for the mini-project

  • The resource does not offer suggestions for musical selections