Math & Music Theory

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Ellyn McCall MFG-1107 Term Report 11/7/2011 Mathematics and Music Theory In the study of mathematics, at first glance it seems clear that mathematics is cut and dry, black and white, completely numerical. But in many ways, mathematics extends into other areas of life. While some people may think of mathematics and art as being two separate entities, Math is very present in many artistic endeavors. Music, commonly referred to as an art, would not be possible without the relationship it shares with mathematics. In many different ways, math is an important part of music theory. One way that math and music theory are intertwined is within a theory of mathematics called Geometrical Music Theory. Clifton Callender, Ian Quinn, and…show more content…
The key of a song raises or lowers all the notes in a song by the same amount. Key changes are done for many reasons. Sometimes a particular key fits one instrument better than another, or a singers voice is better suited to a higher or lower key than a song was originally written in. While musician’s can change keys effortlessly and without thought, there is a large amount of mathematics behind the music. While music and mathematics are worlds apart at first glance, there is a strong underlying structure of mathematics, even though it’s invisible to the casual observer. As in many areas of life, a strong thread of mathematics makes music work. Webliography Website Description: Math and Music URL: http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/uses-math/music/ Evaluation: The website Math and Music is a great tool that explains how math factors into the theory behind music. There is a large amount of information displayed in a user-friendly format. Website Description: Geometrical Music Theory URL: http://plus.maths.org/content/geometrical-music-theory Evaluation: This website studies the relationship between music theory and geometry in easily understood language. It relates the results of ongoing studies into these causal relationships. Website Description: The Magical Mathematics of Music URL: http://plus.maths.org/content/os/issue35/features/rosenthal/index Evaluation: This website explores the relationship between