My Math Band

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Type: Investigation

Theme: Music

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will collaborate together on a music project, focusing on the pentatonic scale.

  1. Watch:
  2. Select one or more partners (maximum 5, you may work alone).
  3. Name your band.
  4. Select music or create your own.
    1. Music must include the pentatonic scale:
    2. You may use the instrument you constructed in the previous lesson (not required).
    3. Vocals are not required, but may accompany your instruments.
  5. Practice and record your music. Record using Stream or another video/audio recording tool. 
  6. Obtain a Peer Review before you record your final.
  7. Provide a chart of roles (who did what). Each student should participate in creating the music for one more more instrument.
  8. Include an explanation of how your music uses the pentatonic scale.

Pentatonic ratios:

Major Pentatonic Scales

Major ScalePentatonic ScaleEx. 1Ex. 2Ex. 3Ex. 4
1 1 C G F D
2 2 D A G E
3 3 E B A F#
5 4 G D C A
6 5 A E D B
8 6 C G F D


Songs which use the pentatonic scale:

Virtual Keyboard


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns