For the first Action Project in Radio-rithmetic, GCE students investigated the following guiding question:

Why do you love this beat?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

You are lucky enough to get an internship combining your personal and professional passions – working for an upstart recording label. You are tasked with finding their next big hit. You have a song in mind, but your bosses are looking for something more objective – they want numerical data proving why they should invest in this song.

Your job is to make a video of you analyzing the song of your choosing, and “sell it” using the mathematical concepts from the internal and external investigations.

Click on the different artists in the Fibonacci spiral to take a look at the students’ song analyses.

Alignment with Common Core Math & English Standards

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.SSE.A.1: Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.SSE.A.1.A: Interpret parts of an expression, such as terms, factors, and coefficients.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.REI.A.1: Explain each step in solving a simple equation as following from the equality of numbers asserted at the previous step, starting from the assumption that the original equation has a solution. Construct a viable argument to justify a solution method.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.REI.D.10: Understand that the graph of an equation in two variables is the set of all its solutions plotted in the coordinate plane, often forming a curve (which could be a line).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Stage 1- Fine Arts- Music 25A: Students who meet the standard understand the sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities of the arts.

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Analyzing a Song

For the first Action Project in Radio-rithmetic, GCE students investigated the following guiding question: Why do you love this beat? Here’s the scenario students were challenged with: You are lucky enough to get an internship combining your personal a …


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