Students use ratios & proportions to the beat of their favorite songs!
The purpose of this activity is to show students how music and math are related and that musicians use mathematical principals in creating musical pieces. This packet includes one in-depth activity plus an extension.
Activity 1: "Beats Per Minute"
The first activity begins as a class with students listening and clapping along to songs with different tempos. Students then use the data to complete graphing and ratio word problems. For example, if a song has 120 beats per minute, how many beats are in 2 minutes?
Activity 2: "Marching Band"
Students march to the beat of a song and measure the distance. They compute ratio calculations to determine how many beats to march across a football field.
These activities can be assigned as homework, individual work, or small group work. This material can be used as: supplemental instruction to fraction and ratios, extracurricular work for students, or activities for an after school math or STEM club.
*Aligned to common core*
6.RP.A.1: Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.
6.RP.A.3: Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.
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