Teaching Music with Mathematics: A Pilot Study

  • Andrew J. MilneEmail author
  • Andrea M. Calilhanna
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11502)


We detail a recently conducted teaching intervention involving the use of mathematics and associated software to teach rhythm and meter to Year 9 pupils. This intervention served as a feasibility and pilot study within a broader project related to the mutual teaching of mathematics and music. Causal conclusions cannot be made due to the lack of a control group, but questionnaires show that 81% of the pupils found interacting with software helped them to understand and visualize mathematical theories of rhythm and meter, and the same percentage think that mathematics and music are related. The two teachers who delivered the program enjoyed the experience and felt the software was beneficial.


Music education XronoBeat STEAM education Rhythm Meter Set theory Maximal evenness Modulo small Cyclic graph 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and DevelopmentWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia
  2. 2.Sydney Conservatorium of MusicThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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