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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Music and Maths – is there a Learning Connection?

Photo: Gerard McBreen
Gerard McBreen, Co-founder, Komodo Learning ltd writes, "We know the brain adapts and physically changes when it’s exposed to new experiences and this remarkable plasticity is the the basis for learning. Brain mapping using MRI images provide us with glimpse into which part of the brain is active during particular tasks." 

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Some research papers have used brain mapping to suggest that learning music develops the same cognitive spatial-temporal part of the brain as mathematics – so there’s a possible maths benefit in learning music.

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Let’s put the neuroscience to one side. As a parent of two children who are learning a musical instrument I notice quite a few obvious connections:
  • Many aspects of maths – such as times tables and series – are based on repeating patterns. So too is music
  • Rhythm is a form of counting
  • Reading music requires counting – for example to know when to come back in
The Value of Practice 
In music it’s pretty well accepted that to be good you have to practice a lot. However in mathematics education “practice” appears to have slipped down the agenda. This is a shame because children need a lot of time and practice to master the basic numeracy skills that underpin their future understanding and confidence in maths. The goal in learning both maths and music is to become fluent – to build an instinctive sense of the notes or numbers that feel right. When you’ve achieved this it stays with you for life and it’s very rewarding.
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Komodo is a fun and effective way to to boost primary maths skills. Designed for 5 to 11 year olds to use in the home, Komodo uses a little and often approach to learning maths (10 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week) that fits into the busy routine. Komodo users develop fluency and confidence in maths – without keeping them at the screen for long.

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