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TEACHER TRAININGThe Patterns of Music, Dance, and Addition (K – 2)

Students first learn to perform a whole musical phrase. Then they learn to perform only parts of the phrase. When children chant and move parts and wholes, they begin to see, hear, and feel addition patterns.

After performing a series of movement patterns, students analyze the trends. Understanding the patterns of addition helps kids move beyond rote memorizing and develop strategic thinking about addition facts.

Students conclude by listening to and moving with short musical compositions. Then they analyze the trends in the music to discover the patterns of change. This leads to further discoveries about the patterns of addition!

About this Workshop

Join this arts integration STEM workshop to learn how music can teach the patterns of compensation and correlation, helping students develop strategic thinking about addition. Addition is all about how parts are combined to make a whole. But do students really understand the mathematical patterns that underlie part-to-whole relationships? Can they manipulate these patterns to make quick math computations? Can students feel these same patterns in dance? Or hear these patterns in music?

Algebraic thinking includes recognizing patterns, analyzing how things change, and making generalizations. When students recognize patterns in addition, number families, doubles facts, and more, they shift from being rote memorizers to strategic problem solvers. And when students move these same patterns to music, their understanding further deepens. Join us to learn arts-integrated teaching strategies that will change the way you think about about mathematics!

After attending this workshop you’ll need to download these free Mp3 music files to teach the addition lessons.


Grade Level: K - 2

Number of Participants: 35

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

  • Plenty of room for movement

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