Music and Math: The Genius of Beethoven

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Math will resonate with your young artists and musicians when they learn that a mathematical formula describes a musical sound that is pleasing to our ears. Beethoven uses the certainty of mathematics to convey emotion and creativity. In this short video, learners will see how musical resonance and dissonance, that so deeply affect human emotion, are quantifiable and described as harmonic patterns with mathematical relationships.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an anticipatory set and enrichment for the study of geometric series and/or the study of trigonometric functions
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview the video before class to make sure learners are able to see and hear well
Pros

  • Fascinating connection between music and math
  • Engaging and rich in mathematical vocabulary
Cons

  • None
Common Core