Musical Math
world music, math facts, geometric shapes and fractions  -  

Phil and the students play and say their math facts with dum rhythms from around the world.

Musical Math
Phill uses world drum rhythms to teach and reinforce math facts: doubles & doubles + 1, skip counting, and multiplication.

He begins by showing the students how to clap their math facts with drum rhythms from Latin America (Phil offers separate primary and intermediate presentations with appropriate grade-level content).

Using popular Boomwhacker tubes and his Indonesian xylophone, Phil shows how the same fractions of length are used to make music in Indonesia, Mexico, China, Ghana, and the Caribbean!

Finally, Phil gives your teachers and students a free downloadable CD with all of his math facts tracks to practice at home and school.

Rhythm and Math Night

At the Rhythm and Math family night, the kids learn how to make musical instruments with geometric shapes and fractions, and apply their knowledge to build origami poppers and tube drums. (See Phil's YouTube video on how to make an origami popper - bottom right).

Then, they join together to form a giant drum circle featuring rhythms from West Africa, Brazil, Japan, and Indonesia!

West African Grooves –

In-class workshops feature engaging cultural content and interactive hands-on learning using drums, shakers, and boomwhackers! They're fun and exciting, and they meet the California state standards for language, math, and music and best of all, Phil brings enough musical instruments for everyone to participate!   

"West African Grooves" engages your kids in a dynamic celebration West African patterns and features hands-on drumming. They begin by learning how to read rhythmic patterns using Unifix cubes, and then perform popular hand drum rhythms from Nigeria, Guinea, and Liberia. Taking it a step further, they learn how to blend rhythm and poetry to create multipart interlocking rhythms, and then finish off with a giant drum circle featuring interactive musical games and activities!

Assemblies - for two 45-minute presentations within a 2-hour timeframe:

  • $1,200 (regular price)
  • $975 (prepayment price)
  • Family Activity/Community Engagement Nights - for one 2-hour program:  

  • $1,200 (regular price)
  • $975 (prepayment price)
  • Assembly/Family Night combinations are now $200 off. 

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

    Phil shows how to make an origami popper for the family night.

    The following multimedia activities relate to this program:

    Unifix Cube Drum Machine
    Playing Fraction Pies 
    Musical Fraction Tubes



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