Date of Graduation

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Education

Major

Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Mathematics

Research Sponsor

Lynne Pachnowski

First Reader

Larry Weigle

Second Reader

Linda Saliga

Abstract

Several studies have been conducted, which have shown connections between content in music and mathematics. Concepts such as fractions, ratios, etc. are mathematical concepts that also can be found or expressed through music. Although these connections have been made, they primarily address connections within the subject matter of music and math. This study attempts to find a correlation between a high school student participating in a school sponsored music program and receiving a higher average math grade. In the study, two school districts provided anonymous student math score data, while also showing which students participated in a music program. From the received data, I determined averages for each math class, standard deviations for each class, maximum and minimum scores, and combined math averages for the two schools.

Based on the data received from Louisville High School and Waterloo High School, it was found that there is a correlation between a student participating in a music program and receiving a higher average math score. Limitations of the study included the sample size, whether the music students achieved higher in all subjects, as well as not being able to determine why the music students achieved higher than the non-music students.

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