Rhythm of Math by Keith Terry & Linda AkiyamaRhythm of Math: Teaching Mathematics with Body Music Book/DVD Set
Keith Terry and Linda Akiyama
166 pages
(2015) CPVD008 $39

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A Kinesthetic Approach
Aligned with Common Core mathematics standards

This unique book provides classroom-tested lessons for teaching math to grades 3-5 using an easy-to-learn rhythm technique. Motivate students to think mathematically while having fun! 166 pages. Includes instructional DVD.

Also available: Hands-on professional development workshop for Rhythm of Math.

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The Rhythm of Math is a Math Teaching Unit for grades 3-5, developed by Body Musician and Guggenheim Fellow, Crosspulse Artistic Director Keith Terry and elementary school teacher, math visionary Linda Akiyama. An integrated music and mathematics program that uses Keith’s Body Music Rhythm Blocks to teach math concepts and skills, The Rhythm of Math engages students in learning and applying essential mathematical concepts, while performing, studying, and composing rhythms. Rhythm Blocks are a technique that is easy to learn, even for teachers and students with little or no music experience. They have certain mathematical qualities that make them ideal for learning properties of natural numbers, flexible ways of conceiving of multiplication and fractions, division, ratios, proportions, and measurement.

We have completed an extremely successful pilot program in Oakland and San Francisco, California public schools. Read this Letter of Support from Karen Haynes, Principal of Lafayette Elementary, Oakland.

In The Rhythm of Math lessons, the enjoyment and challenge of playing and creating rhythms motivates students to learn mathematical concepts while studying the underlying structure of a wide range of musical patterns. Mathematics then becomes a creative tool that students use to compose their own rhythmic music. Using math to notate and compose rhythms provides students with concrete examples of how key mathematical concepts can be applied to real world situations, giving students an opportunity to use mathematics to solve problems in a creative context. Exploring math concepts with rhythms engages the senses of touch, hearing, and sight as well as movement. Students feel and hear patterns as the number of beats are added, multiplied or divided.

Even though I knew all the lessons I understand the concepts better now that I have learned Rhythm Blocks. I would like to learn more math using Rhythm Blocks because I love math and music but usually math is figuring out problems in your head however this Rhythm Blocks is a hands-on experience. – Brianna

I feel smart and rhythmic because I’m learning rhythm and math at the same time. – Maricruz