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Monday, May 14, 2018

Local teacher is infusing music with mathematics | Bakersfield Now

"A local teacher found the hook to battle classroom boredom and connect with students" according to Lexi Wilson, Eyewitness News.

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Rachel Harless is helping music meet math at Stockdale High School. She teaches statics and finite math.

Her students code using their calculators to create music through a hub, a small machine that produces sound. Each command represents a musical note.

Harless says bringing music into the classroom will help close a mathematical gap.

"Whenever we can incorporate music, I think it helps in the learning process," said Harless. "We memorize music so fast you listen to two songs on the radio, singing along, and you didn't make flash cards for that."

It's boosting students confidence to tackle problem solving.

"I'm not the greatest at math but when it came to this it's something that makes me really interested," said senior at Stockdale High School, Dylan Sullivan.

Sullivan coded 130 lines to play the Star Wars theme song.

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Source: Bakersfield Now


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