Teaching mathematics with music: a pilot study

Tara Julia Hamilton, Julieanne Doai, Andrew Milne, Vicky Saisanas, Andrea Calilhanna, Courtney Hilton, Micah Goldwater, Richard Cohn

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Abstract

A solid foundation in mathematics is paramount to a comprehensive STEM education. Many students, however, struggle with connecting mathematical concepts with their everyday life and find its symbolic nomenclature unintuitive; subsequently this can be a significant barrier for many students in undertaking further STEM studies. In this paper we describe a pilot study which aims to determine whether understanding in mathematics, and specifically, fractions, equivalence, ordinance, and division, improves when we employ music and musical rhythm in our lessons. This pilot study is currently being trialed at a public high school in Sydney's South-West and despite the fact that the study is ongoing, preliminary data suggest students are responding to this novel teaching methodology. In this paper we report increases in both test performance and, importantly, student engagement.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference onTeaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE)
EditorsMark J. W. Lee, Sasha Nikolic, Montserrat Ros, Jun Shen, Leon C. U. Lei, Gary K. W. Wong, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages927-931
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665220, 9781538665213
ISBN (Print)9781538665237
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20187 Dec 2018

Publication series

Name
ISSN (Print)2374-0191
ISSN (Electronic)2470-6698

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
CountryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period4/12/187/12/18

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mathematics
Students
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Terminology
equivalence
everyday life
Education
methodology
school
performance
education

Keywords

  • STEM education
  • STEAM education
  • K-12 mathematics
  • music education
  • analogical encoding

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Hamilton, T. J., Doai, J., Milne, A., Saisanas, V., Calilhanna, A., Hilton, C., ... Cohn, R. (2018). Teaching mathematics with music: a pilot study. In M. J. W. Lee, S. Nikolic, M. Ros, J. Shen, L. C. U. Lei, G. K. W. Wong, & N. Venkatarayalu (Eds.), Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference onTeaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) (pp. 927-931). Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). https://doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615262
Hamilton, Tara Julia ; Doai, Julieanne ; Milne, Andrew ; Saisanas, Vicky ; Calilhanna, Andrea ; Hilton, Courtney ; Goldwater, Micah ; Cohn, Richard. / Teaching mathematics with music : a pilot study. Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference onTeaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE). editor / Mark J. W. Lee ; Sasha Nikolic ; Montserrat Ros ; Jun Shen ; Leon C. U. Lei ; Gary K. W. Wong ; Neelakantam Venkatarayalu. Piscataway, NJ : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018. pp. 927-931
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Hamilton, TJ, Doai, J, Milne, A, Saisanas, V, Calilhanna, A, Hilton, C, Goldwater, M & Cohn, R 2018, Teaching mathematics with music: a pilot study. in MJW Lee, S Nikolic, M Ros, J Shen, LCU Lei, GKW Wong & N Venkatarayalu (eds), Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference onTeaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Piscataway, NJ, pp. 927-931, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018, Wollongong, Australia, 4/12/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615262

Teaching mathematics with music : a pilot study. / Hamilton, Tara Julia; Doai, Julieanne; Milne, Andrew; Saisanas, Vicky; Calilhanna, Andrea; Hilton, Courtney; Goldwater, Micah; Cohn, Richard.

Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference onTeaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE). ed. / Mark J. W. Lee; Sasha Nikolic; Montserrat Ros; Jun Shen; Leon C. U. Lei; Gary K. W. Wong; Neelakantam Venkatarayalu. Piscataway, NJ : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018. p. 927-931.

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Hamilton TJ, Doai J, Milne A, Saisanas V, Calilhanna A, Hilton C et al. Teaching mathematics with music: a pilot study. In Lee MJW, Nikolic S, Ros M, Shen J, Lei LCU, Wong GKW, Venkatarayalu N, editors, Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference onTeaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE). Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 2018. p. 927-931 https://doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615262