Friday, November 11, 2011
Math & Music
Math and music have always been considered closely connected in many ways. It is widely believed that students who do well in music also excel in math. Some research shows that starting music lessons at a young age enhances math ability . One theory is that music strengthens the neural chords that transmit information between the two hemispheres of the brains.
It is interesting to know that each of the members of the first place winning team of this year’s Los Angeles County Chapter Math Counts Competition from Palos Verdes Intermediate School (PVIS), plays a musical instrument. Also, each of the eight team members placed in the top ten of individual competition.
Let’s take a look at some of the basic components of music such as rhythm, tone and pitch, and see what math has to do with them. Also, read this article about how math related to piano training.