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### Webquest

1. 1. What is that Song? Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for 6 th -8 th Graders Math and Music Designed by Joshua Shugg [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page
2. 2. Introduction: Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] The relationship between Music and Math has been under research for many years, dating back to 5th century BC with Pythagoras. As many may say, there is a strong connection in the brain due to the same sort of spatial reasoning and problem solving found in both math and music.  Now that you have a little background on the subject, lets see if we can put aside your fears of having to write yet another research paper. Today we are going to get down and dirty with music.  We will be listening to music, creating music, and doing some math along the way.
3. 3. The Task: Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Title You are going to try and decode a song in which you are only given an algebraic representation of the notes. This song was written many years ago by a world renown musician, but when the song was transposed it was put into mathematical equations! WE NEED YOUR HELP to decode the song from mathematical numbers to musical notes. You will recreate the song, listen to your creation, and check to see if this was a correct match. Finding the song seems like a hard task at first, but you will soon find its not as challenging as you think. Basically you are about to become an expert in the algebraic area of music representation.
4. 4. The Process: Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] You will be assigned groups of three. Each person will be required to do an equal amount of the required math work. This includes solving equations, notating the song, and doing the presentation on the composer. These are the equations for the mystery song: y = x +2 {x=1}  The first note y = x +1 {x=2, 3, 4} The second, third, and fourth note  y = - (x)+10 {x=5,6,7,8,9}  Notes 5,6,7,8,9 y= x-9 {x=10,11,12}  Notes 10,11, 12 y = - (x)+16 {x=13,14}  Notes 13, 14 y = x-13 {x=15,16}  Notes 15, 16 y = x-14 {x=17, 18, 19}  Notes 17, 18, 19 Solve the equations for the given set of x's listed. (The set notation designates which values for &quot;x&quot; should be used with each equation.  Split the work up evenly amongst the group.  Use a T-Chart to show and organize work. This allows you to list the points as (x,y). These points are the first 19 notes of the mystery song.  Hint: For the first equation, y=x+2 for the set x=1; y=3. The x values tell us where the note is in the song, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, . . .  For x=19 this is the 19th note in the song. The y values tell us what eh actual note is: c, d, e, f, g, a, b, c, etc. Change the numbers for y into the letters for notes using the model that middle C is the number 1, and there are no flats or sharps. See below:    Now you will find out about the song's rhythm.  Notes have values so we know how many seconds long they are. These values are called whole, half, quarter, or eighth.  The mystery song is in 4/4 time.  The first 13 notes are quarter notes. The 14th note is an eighth note and the 15th is a half note. The remaining notes you need to solve are quarter notes. Since I have given you all the note values, your job is to write out this melody that you come up with on manuscript paper. But first, you will build a spreadsheet in excel. It should look something like this: After you have finished the chart, you are then going to hand write on manuscript paper what you have come up with. Submit that to the teacher. You will then copy what you wrote into finale. Once you know who the composer is of this song, you will then give a small 3-5 min. presentation in class about the composer using Power Point!                Lets make music!! C B A G F E D C notes 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 y  The second note is E and it is a quarter note. ¼ E 3 2 The first note is E and it is a quarter note. ¼ E 3 1 Meaning Note Value Note Y X