MathBeat Teacher Workshops
MathBeat Teacher Workshops
Recharge your passion for math as you explore the math behind popular music with peers and artists
“Music is all about patterns and relationships. By showing these on a circular number line, we discovered math and music are deeply connected.” Shaun Elder, MathBeat co-creator
In a MathBeat workshop, teachers collaborate with peers and artists to brainstorm learning activities inspired by meaningful math-music connections. Schools can choose which math concept they want to explore, from fractions to financial literacy to common factors and much more.
Workshops are offered in three formats: virtual (60-90 minutes), half day on-site, and full day on-site.
- In the 60-90 minute session, teachers explore one set of resources, discuss the math they see, and brainstorm ways to extend the learning
- In the half day session, teachers also develop one of their ideas into a full learning activity.
- In the full day session, teachers also produce resources such as short videos documenting the activity, and share and discuss their work.
“Thanks for a wonderful workshop, you have given me so much to think about.” OAME 2023 participant
“You’ve created a universal platform for learning”. Alberta Math Teacher at FirstSteam Banff conference
“Amazing presentation by wonderful presenters. Care to push forward in education was obvious! The Ministry and BCTF should take a look at these two to see what is important in education.” BC Math Teacher at Tapestry Conference
2023/24 Teacher Workshops
Schools, teacher unions, math consultants, or groups of teachers can arrange a MathBeat workshop.
Email us at [email protected] by June 30th to get early bird pricing discount of 10% off workshops.
60-90 minutes virtual: $150.00
Half Day on site: $400 - 600 (depending on travel costs)
Full Day on site: $800 - 1,200 (depending on travel costs)
Workshops can be arranged on any of these topics: fractions, percentages, symmetry, geometrical shapes, ratios, rates, patterns, financial literacy, estimation, or on a topic of your choosing.
Explore the rich ideas generated by teachers at a recent MathBeat workshop offered at OAME 2023:
What math did you see here?
- Tempo is a rate/unit rate/ratio
- Interpreting data on a number line
- Unit fractions and connections to a whole
- Estimation - sense of quantity
What learning skills are developed?
- Auditory learning combined with visual
Where else could you take this activity?
- Financial literacy
- Using $ costs per DJ session to teach rates
- Equivalent Fractions
- “Dividing beats is like breaking up fractions”
- “Have students code a Beats Per Minute detector using Scratch or Python"
- Researching and comparing BPM’s
- “Have students find 3 songs with the same BPM, by ear or by web research”
- Common Factors
- “Matching tempos using common factors, for example 90 BPM is 1.5 times faster than 60 BPM”
- Creating/measuring a basic repeating pattern
- Counting tempo by ear using a short sample
- "Use beat marks to count the number of beats in 10 seconds, then multiply by 6 to get BPM’s - compare to stated BPM
Learn about the program behind the workshops
Click here to learn more about the MathBeat program resources behind the math-music workshops. Click here to visit our TikTok page with short videos that are perfect for use as MindsOn videos/provocation videos.