In response to a great number of requests, I have created
this resource devoted to the importance of children hearing and playing musical
patterns. Now, pick a topic below and
Sequencing with Fibonacci
Sequencing with Pi
Unifix Drum Machine
Pattern Block Rock
Morse Code Music
Play "Name That Tune" (part to whole
1. Sequencing with Fibonacci
Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa was
a mathematician in 13th century Italy. By charting the population
of rabbits, he discovered a number sequence from which one can
derive the Golden
Mean and the Golden
Rectangle. Now, let's look at the sequence:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55...
Each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers, as follows:
0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8,
5+8=13, 8+13=21 . . .
Does the Fibonacci Sequence form musical patterns? Let's find
out. First, we'll use just a part of the sequence, i.e., 1, 2,
3, 5, 8. Next, let's make 1 = 1 beat per second, 2 = 2 beats per
second, 3 = 3 beats per second, 5 = 5 beats per second, and 8
= 8 beats per second. Finally, since the Fibonacci Sequence is
formed by adding each number to the next one in the sequence (see
above), we'll always listen to 2 numbers together. Click on the
numbers below to hear the patterns.
2. Sequencing with Pi
I included the first 31 digits (above) of the mathematical
constant Pi in this song. Using nothing more than the major
scale, I assigned each number a pitch (below).
Hear the nine pitches (1-9):Nine Pitches
Then I separated the 31 digits into A and B
sections, and followed an AABBA pattern for the melody.
Hear Phil's Pi song melody (A = 3.141592653589793238462;
B = 643383279): Pi Song
3. Unifix Cube Drum Machine
With the Unifix
Cube Drum Machine you can create your own rhythm or drum patterns with
popular Unifix cubes. You can also hear drum patterns from Africa, Cuba,
and Brazil, as well as simple AB patterns and rhythmic ratios.
4. Pattern Block Rock
In the Pattern
Block Rock activity you can compose and play your own rhythmic songs using
colorful geometric-shaped Pattern Blocks. You can also hear a collection
of rhythms found in American folk songs and popular TV/movie themes.
5. Morse Code Music
Code Music allows you to make music with International Morse Code — a
method of encoding each letter and number into short and long patterns.
Have your students type in their names. They will hear them played in Morse Code.
Then switch the sounds between the traditional tone, to drums or voices!
6. Play "Name That Tune" (part
to whole guessing game)
Click on "Song" to hear part of a song. After you've
guessed, click on the "Answer" button. Hear part - guess
the whole. Give it a try. Also, if you want to reset the song
names back to "Answer", just click on the button one
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