Beautiful Math: Visualizing Music

Mathematicians Ask Questions

If we want to teach our children to think mathematically, we need to model and encourage asking questions. For instance:

  • What is the difference between the rectangular sounds and the round ones?
  • At 5:20, the orange notes (violin) change to a different shape. Why? What change in the sound does this represent?

What questions does the video inspire for you? I’d love to hear your comments!

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7 thoughts on “Beautiful Math: Visualizing Music

  1. I like these representations of music as the score is played. I guess it is a geeky thing, from someone who finds traditional scores hard to grasp.

  2. I think when the orange changes shape the person is plucking (or something else percussive), not just bowing. Thank you for this! I get so much more out of the music by watching this! I’ve never been a fan of classical music, except where a storyline went with it (Fantasia and Amadeus). That might change now – I like his choices.

  3. I can really appreciate this post for the music and visual representation (math connection). Having played the violin many years ago, this is an excellent way to share classical music and sneak some learning in there. This would really be great to share this with an Algebra I class and have them to explore it as a graphing story as Dan Meyer has here…


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