Building Mathematical Music

Design an activity for children to explore maths through building musical instruments.

Key Information
  • Work with young people – to create an educational activity
  • Use your confidence – working with children or with numbers
  • Commitment – Tuesdays 26 May, 2 June and 9 June, and the 16th and 17th June (with independent project work in between!)
Detailed Information

Mathematical and musical understandings are intricately linked. Rhythm and pitch, the basic grammar of music, all have a basis in numbers. When we hear harmony or are drawn to beat, often ratio and relationship are at its core. In this Third Term activity, you will explore these relationships, and create an educational activity in which you involve children in a workshop to construct musical instruments and explore their mathematical principles – culminating in a junk orchestra.

The activity will require you to work as a team throughout the Third Term. The first three Tuesdays (26 May, 2 June and 9 June) will have full day on campus workshops with a member of technical services in order for you to understand the brief, form and plan ideas. You will then deliver your activities with classes of Primary School children on 16 and 17 June. You will have a budget of up to £750 to buy resources and equipment for your activity.

Any student can apply to this activity (though some confidence in working with young people or an appetite for Mathematics is advantageous).

Further Information

All students involved in this activity will need to complete an Enhanced DBS check, which will be funded by the university.