Math and Mariachi
- pie fractions, measurement, and equivalency -

Phil shows how Mariachi rhythms are based on equivalent fractions.

– Math and Mariachi –
Enrich your students’ understanding of fractions, measurement, and equivalency with Phil’s fun-filled presentation on Math and Mariachi.  Your students will learn:

 • how they can hear instruments vibrate in a series of fractions called the harmonic series;

 • how they can measure fractions of length and liquid volume to build simple musical instruments from materials around the home; and

 • how they can play musical rhythms based on equivalent fractions.

A highlight of this section is when Phil, using a kitchen faucet, leads the students in clapping an energetic sequence of musical fractions—from traditional Mariachi folk songs from Mexico, to popular selections by Los Lobos and Carlos Santana!

– Musical Fractions Math Night –

Invite your families back to school for this fun-filled evening featuring hands-on instrument making, and music from the Aztec and Inca empires! 

Students learn how to count ancient Aztec rhythms using pie fractions, and design pan pipes with the fractions of length used by the Incas.  Then they build their own pan pipes, soda can maracas, and straw oboes, and join together for a dynamic concert of exciting rhythms and melodies from Central and South America!

At the family night, your kids learn how to speak and play Aztec drum rhythms from Ancient Mexico.

Assemblies are $725 for two 50-minute presentations within a 2-hour timeframe. 

Family Activity Nights are $725 for one 2-hour presentation. 

Assembly/Family Night combinations are $200 off—now only $1250.

In-Class Field trips are $550 for 2-3 classes in a 2-hour timeframe. 

There is an additional travel charge for schools more than 1 hour from downtown Sacramento, California.

Please see here for pricing on Virtual Assemblies.

The following multimedia activities relate to this program:

Aztec Drum Rhythms
Playing Fraction Pies 

Hearing Fractions 
Melodic Tube Drums

Fractions of Length

Pan pipes
Water Bottle Xylophone

Tubular Glockenspiel
Musical Fraction Tubes



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