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Math Music Videos: How to Make Fun and Effective Math Songs

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Huzefa Kapadia  

I want to show math teachers how to make effective math music videos! I have created a series of 17 math music videos (which have been featured on KTLA, WFAA, BuzzFeed, The Journal and EdTech Digest) with the most popular music video garnering over 200,000 views.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Math, Music
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This series of math music videos arise out of a void in the education arena in terms of entertaining and educational content for advanced math concepts. Pioneers like School of Rock and Flocabulary have made amazing music based educational videos, but usually fall short of producing content for middle and high school level mathematics. Content creators and teachers that have ventured into this arena thus far have done so with low grade music production quality. I chose to enter the math music education world so that I could build high quality songs and videos that prepared students for the most commonly tested concepts on the SAT and ACT.

As is the case with online video content, these songs are available on demand. Moreover, students have the benefit of being able to pause and replay, allowing for effective processing across various learning styles. Because of the inherent flexibility of this medium coupled with the fact that content is being delivered visually and musically, students have been able to achieve excellent academic results.

My solution is delivered via YouTube for free consumption at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZBnAG03572rOEs6CIAnVXWuwfMHM2F-X.

Each song focuses on a different topic. The concepts currently covered are as follows: (1) The Quadratic Formula; (2) SOHCAHTOA (trigonometry); (3) Pi; (4) Special Right Triangles; (5) Mean, Median, and Mode; (6) Permutations and Combinations, (7) Compound Interest; (8) Distance, Rate, and Time; (9) Slope Intercept Form, (10) PEMDAS (Order of Operations); (11) Circles on the Coordinate Plane; (12) Long Division; (13) Systems of Linear Equations; (14) Exponents; (15) Imaginary Numbers; (16) Sequences; and (17) Solving Quadratics. The videos paired with the songs provide enough concrete content to teach the fundamental components of each concept, and the lyrics of the chorus often help students memorize lengthy formulas or properties. For example, the Quadratic Formula song has garnered a particularly positive reaction thus far both in terms of views (200,000+) and press. I believe that it has been received well because it both conveys the basic facts of quadratic equations while delivering the lengthy quadratic formula in a musical format that makes it very easy to memorize.

The math music videos are core components of my SAT Math Video Course sold on Udemy, entitled Power 800 SAT Math. To date, my course is the top selling SAT Math video course on the platform, with over 1,900 students enrolled. Moreover, my math music videos have generated nearly half a million views on YouTube, an indicative achievement considering that my YouTube channel has only 2,000 subscribers. These figures in combination with anecdotal evidence from students along with press exposure received thus far for my music videos (on BuzzFeed, The Journal, EdTech Digest, and an invitation from the National Museum of Math to perform one of my songs) leads to the likely conclusion that these works are indeed superior to existing math music videos in terms of both entertainment value as well as educational merit.

Outline

The presentation will begin with an overview of my experience planning and developing math music videos. I will then share clips of various math music videos from my YouTube channel that have resonated particularly well with audiences. I will then explain how teachers can create their own math music videos with minimal technical expertise. The key questions that will be answered are as follows: 1) how to write and record music, 2) how to plan a video shoot, 3) how to edit using Final Cut, and 4) how to cover concepts effectively in a song. Time will be allocated in the following manner: 10 minutes of introductory material including sample songs from my channel, 3 minutes showing press clips explaining the potency of the pedagogy, and the remaining 47 minutes teaching the technical aspects of building math music videos.

Supporting research

The math music videos are core components of my SAT Math Video Course sold on Udemy, entitled Power 800 SAT Math. To date, my course is the top selling SAT Math video course on the platform, with over 3,000 students enrolled. Moreover, my math music videos have generated nearly half a million views on YouTube, an indicative achievement considering that my YouTube channel has only 21,000+ subscribers. These figures in combination with anecdotal evidence from students along with press exposure received thus far for my music videos (on BuzzFeed, The Journal, EdTech Digest, and an invitation from the National Museum of Math to perform one of my songs) leads to the likely conclusion that these works are indeed superior to existing math music videos in terms of both entertainment value as well as educational merit.

https://mrelementarymath.com/teach-with-math-songs/

https://study.com/blog/how-i-combined-music-and-mathematics-in-my-elementary-classroom.html

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Huzefa Kapadia, Scalar Learning LLC

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