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ERIC Number: EJ975497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
The Patterns of Music: Young Children Learning Mathematics through Beat, Rhythm, and Melody
Geist, Kamile; Geist, Eugene A.; Kuznik, Kathleen
Young Children, v67 n1 p74-79 Jan 2012
Research on music and music therapy suggests that math and music are related in the brain from very early in life. Musical elements such as steady beat, rhythm, melody, and tempo possess inherent mathematical principles such as spatial properties, sequencing, counting, patterning, and one-to-one correspondence. With new understanding about the nature of everyday learning experiences, the key role of patterns in the development of literacy and mathematics, and the need for a stimulating environment in the very early years, the importance of music in the home and in the classroom is becoming clear. Music is children's first patterning experience and helps engage them in mathematics even when they don't recognize the activities as mathematics. Music is a highly social, natural, and developmentally appropriate way to engage even the youngest child in math learning. This article offers tips for using music to engage children in mathematics.
National Association for the Education of Young Children. 1313 L Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 22205-4101. Tel: 800-424-2460; Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-328-2649; e-mail: editorial@naeyc.org; Web site: http://www.naeyc.org/yc/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A