Music has the power to reach into any curricular area! Songs and musical compositions with lyrics about everything human have been recorded and preserved for teachers to use as learning tools, motivational devices, or just for fun! Let's demonstrate exactly how that should happen. What are your favorite cross curricular ideas?

Go To The Tag Cloud

Click here to find links between Music and Mythology on our Arts Connections Page!

Pythagoras' Discovery of the Mathematics of Harmonic Relationships

This link will take you to an explanation of how the Pythagorean theory of harmonic relationships works. There is also is an excellent graphic about how Pythagoras' theories apply to today's guitar! Pythagoras experimented with an instrument called a monochord.The link was created by David M. Harrison, professor of physics at the University of Toronto.

Just A Theory

Why do beginning music students like to play and sing faster?

Have you ever wondered why beginning music students like to play and sing faster? I've had this theory for a number of years and just decided to "put it out there".

When children are small there are a number of things they have to do faster just to keep up with adults. Their steps are smaller so they walk faster; their bites are smaller, so many children eat faster; their hearts even beat faster! Does the fact that they do things at a quicker pace have an effect on the way they learn music? I think it does! Young musicians seem to enjoy playing fast music and teens like the quick pace of rock music.

This poses a problem because it is usually best to learn new music at a slow tempo. After good habits are formed and technical aspects of playing the new music is worked out, a gradual quickening of the tempo builds confidence and helps prepare young musicians for performance.

It is important to explain the benefits of practicing slowly to young music students from the start. Here are a few links about practicing music to help explain these concepts: - Martin Schuring's practice tips. - from
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So, what does this have to do with integrating academics?

The benefits of slow music practice can be applied in other academic situations. For instance, reading at a slow pace might give the student a chance to think through decoding options before pronouncing words. Slowly reading a sentence, then gradually speeding up will increase student confidence, just as it does for student musicians. Solving a complicated math problem requires the same slow, analytical approach as learning to play music. Analysis and understanding lead to a more successful synthesis and use of the knowledge.

Educators in all curricular areas should take the time to visit the web pages listed above. They will find ideas embedded in the approach of music educators that will help them deliver any instructional content more effectively.

Geography and History in Art and Song

A great lesson idea appears at the National Geographic website!
Art works, particularly paintings, can reveal a good deal of information about places and what they looked like in the past. This lesson has students look at some historical paintings on the Internet and describe the things the paintings reveal about the places they depict.

The lesson extension takes students into the realm of musical places. This could also be a separate lesson!

Music Meets Math In Popular Christmas Song!

This page contains information about the Twelve Days of Christmas and some other interesting links!

From Bali - Children's Gamelan Percussion Ensemble

This childrens group just won the first prize at The Bali Arts Festival 2005. If you want more informations about this children group, please contact the Leader of Gamelan Cenik Wayah :
I Wayan Sudirana,
email :
Ubud Water Palace, Ubud