The Influence of Math on Music
Fourth graders at Stratford School understand that every class they take complements the others.
Nowhere is this more apparent than the connection between math and music, and how each of these subjects is taught at Stratford. STEAM learning combines science, technology, engineering and math with the arts, and the fourth grade lesson about Gregorian chant is a shining example of STEAM teaching in practice.
More than just an introduction to an important art form and intriguing musical style, the Stratford lesson plan around Gregorian chant also focuses on the mathematical aspect of the music, delving into distinctive note patterns and different rhythmic theories. While learning to appreciate an ancient art form, students also learn about important composers and music historians, and the various schools of thought about the mathematical and musical construction of chants throughout time.