Monthly Archives: December 2012

Issue 68: Making a Djembe

I tripped across this Youtube video a while back:  called ‘RHYTHM “FOLI” THERE IS NO MOVEMENT WITHOUT RHYTHM’ by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg It shows how the everyday rhythms of life in a village can form the basis of … Continue reading

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Issue 68: Finding Patterns

As part of a series of lessons on music form with a year 5 and 6 class, I gave them the task of going through a piece of notated music and colour coding all the bars with matching patterns. The … Continue reading

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Issue 68: Background Music and The Tales of Beatrix Potter

We’ve been watching the programme “Professional Masterchef”, but I’ve become increasingly distracted by the background music to the point where I often miss the details of the culinary perfections being described as I am listening to the pianist doing their … Continue reading

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Issue 67: Welcome to the Jungle

I have done a quick raid on google, and come up with a couple of music-and-maths quotes that set me thinking… People always say that music and maths are connected; and indeed I studied both at university. It was then … Continue reading

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Issue 67: Music and Maths – Structures

“Each time I’ve learned a little bit more about the inner structures of music, the math of it and the shape of it, my joy in it has increased.” — recording artist Peter Mulvey, in the Nov. 2000 Performing Songwriter … Continue reading

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Issue 67: Music and Maths: Counting

“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting” German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) who co-discovered calculus from the website It took me years and years before … Continue reading

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