connections of music and mathematics do not yet have an extensive
bibliography, but some resources do exist.
Dance Institute (NDI) sponsored the initial work in dance, music,
and mathematics at the Alvord School. The NDI has had a permanent
program in New Mexico since 1995. Besides supporting programs in individual
schools, the NDI offers summer dance camp, Saturday programs, and
scholarships to spend a summer working in New York City. The NDI office
in Santa Fe can be reached by calling (505) 983-7646.
Bissinger and Nancy Renfro (1990). Leap into Learning: Teaching
Curriculum through Creative Dramatics and Dance. Austin, TX:
Nancy Renfro Studios [P.O. Box 164226, Austin TX 78716]. This text
discusses some basic elements of dance and movement with basic teaching
suggestions (such as teaching a cue for stopping movement early
in the learning process). Photographs and line drawings illustrate
the curriculum class plans, which are divided into subjects and
start with activities suitable for elementary school children and
go on into high school subjects. Some mathematics activities include
"Add and subtract with us," "Rhythmic multiplication," and "Negative
Southeast Center for Education in the Arts
Center for Education in the Arts is headquartered in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. Try their web page http://www.utc.edu/SCEA/index.htm
for information on their institutes for school teams interested in
discipline-based music and theater education. Educators in Louisiana
would have access to this resource.
Community Discovered Project
Discovered Project is located in Nebraska and works to promote curricula
that integrate arts and technology with core subjects. The project
involves nine Nebraska school districts, but other educators can learn
much from their web site http://communitydisc.westside66.org/
. The Community Discovered Project offers professional development,
integrated curriculum strategies, computer-based education, and strategies
for other kinds of instruction and assessment.
Education Resource Centers (TERC) has a two-week unit for second
graders that is called "Timelines and Rhythms." In the rhythms part
of the unit the students record rhythms on paper so others may follow
the patterns. Eventually, they use standard musical notation to
compose a two-part rhythm.You can get more information by writing
to TERC at 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 002140 or calling
A Guide to Readers Theater
Reader's Theater is a school activity in which a presenter reads in front of an audience. Similar to theater, the presenter reads the script with expressions, emotions and voice-modulation. But, in contrast with a theater, the presenter doesn't learn his or her lines. The presenter performs the play by using non-verbal communication i.e. voice, facial expressions, and gestures. In a reader's theater there is no need for sets, costumes, or other props to perform.
Reader's Theater can be found at http://www.theaterseatstore.com/readers-theater.
the Three R's through Movement
Green Gilbert runs the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in Seattle,
Washington. Gilbert is also the author of Teaching the Three R's
through Movement. A teacher connected with the institute, Helen
Landalf, has written Moving the Earth: Teaching Earth Science
through Movement. For information on the institute's summer
professional development programs or on the publications of its
staff members, try http://www.creativedance.org/
or write to Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Avenue North Seattle
WA 98133. The phone number is (206) 363-7281.
ArtsEdNet is sponsored by the Getty Education Institute for the
Arts of the J. Paul Getty Trust. While its focus is mainly on the
visual arts, the ArtsEdNet does have lesson plans and curriculum
ideas. Their page is worth keeping up with: http://www.getty.edu/artsednet/.