Math 3-6

Music & Dance

Overview

Connecting information to music and dance moves enhances Short-term and Long-term Memory by drawing on auditory processes and the cognitive benefits of physical activity. When students create their own songs and corresponding dance moves, they activate even more cognitive processes by reflecting on how to represent what they are learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how these students incorporate music and dance to build Geometric Reasoning. The students also talk about how these activities are engaging and deepen their understanding of math concepts.

  • Teachers can have students rewrite lyrics to familiar songs and add dance movements that relate to the math skills they are learning. Musical elements such as a steady beat and rhythm support math concepts like Spatial Skills, patterns, and Arithmetic Fact Retrieval.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how Flocabulary uses rap to make multiplication and division easier to understand. Students can watch Flocabulary videos and also write and perform their own academic raps, practicing key math skills and taking ownership for their learning.

  • Products can provide the tools for learners to create and record their own music videos demonstrating their content knowledge.
  • Resources

    Below are additional examples, research, and professional development. These resources are possible representations of this strategy, not endorsements.

    Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Social and Emotional Learning