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Resources and Opportunities

Classroom connections of music and mathematics do not yet have an extensive bibliography, but some resources do exist.

National Dance Institute

The National 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.

Leap into Learning

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Kristen 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 numbers."

The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts

The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Try their web page 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.

The Community Discovered Project

The Community 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 . The Community Discovered Project offers professional development, integrated curriculum strategies, computer-based education, and strategies for other kinds of instruction and assessment.

Timelines and Rhythms

Technical 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 (617) 547-0430.

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

Teaching the Three R's through Movement

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Anne 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 or write to Creative Dance Center, 12577 Densmore Avenue North Seattle WA 98133. The phone number is (206) 363-7281.


The 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:

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