FREE Interactive Musical Math Manipulatives & More! (CSAW)

March 14th, 2005 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website: Music Through The Curriculum

Now, THIS is a real find! I stumbled upon this site quite by accident, and I’m so glad I did — you will be too! :) Phil Tulga is a professional musician and music instructor. He has developed educational programs that weave music through the curriculum in almost every subject. He presents those programs to students in public and private schools in Sacramento, California and is available for private groups and organizations as well. As a complement to his music programs, Phil has developed a series of FREE, interactive music activities that are available at his website in math, science, reading comprehension and much more.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes:

  • MATH AND MUSIC — Phil has taken popular math manipulatives and enhanced them with rhythm and music. You’ll find:
    • Unifix Cube Drum Machine — This shows students how famous composers have used repeating patterns to create music. Students can make their own rhythm or drum patterns with popular Unifix cubes.
    • Musical Fraction Bars — Mathematicians like Pythagoras discovered that musical pitches are derived from fractions. In this activity, students compose and play their own songs using Musical Fraction Bars. Not only that, you’ll find instructions for how to build a homemade musical instrument that is based on these fractions.
    • Pattern Block Rock — Song melodies are patterns of short and long sounds. In this activity, students compose and play their own rhythmic songs using geometric shapes.
    • Fraction Pie Rhythms — This activity shows how musical note durations are organized into fractions, e.g., two half notes equal one whole note. Compose and play your own rhythms using pie fractions instead of standard musical notation.
    • Morse Code Music — Listen to Phil as he plays patterns on his telephone using short and long sounds. These patterns are very much like International Morse Code – a method of encoding each letter and number into short and long sounds called dots and dashes. In this activity, you can compose and play your own rhythmic patterns using International Morse Code.

    After math, you’ll find additional activities including:

  • HOMEMADE INSTRUMENTS — Find directions for making your own panpipes, water bottle xylophone, tubular Glockenspiel, and an origami popper!
  • MATH, SCIENCE AND SOUND ACTIVITIES — Explore 12 different musical activities to learn about sound waves, frequencies, and even find out what frequencies animals can hear.
  • READING COMPREHENSION — Unbelievable as it may seem, Phil uses musical sound to teach sequences to improve reading skills, and he teaches inferences with riddles, picture puzzle predictions, and uses “Peter and the Wolf” to teach musical themes and storyline components complete with story maps!
  • READING FLUENCY — Get Phil’s tips for parents on how to encourage a love of reading in your child. Then, use the innovative “Cucumber Pickle Machine” to show your kids how to make rhythmic meters by combining two and three syllable words!
  • PATTERN ACTIVITIES — You won’t believe this! Musical sequencing with Fibonacci numbers and Pi! Not only that, play “Name That Tune” or learn about music and the “Mozart Effect.”

This site gets a ClickSchooling Award for the best use of technology in helping kids learn!


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