Essay on The Relationship between Math and Music

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INTRODUCTION

Mathematics refers to numbers and calculations, often dealing with magnitudes, figures and quantities expressed symbolically. On the other hand, music is an art of sound through the use of harmonies, rhythm and melodies. Although these two subjects are in contrast to each other, as mathematics is often unpopular to most people for its difficulty and music is easily likeable for its pleasantness, experts have uncovered a strong connection between the two topics.

The connection between mathematics and music is held through the concepts of numbers, patterns, and ratios. Through these mathematical concepts, many music theories were developed. Great mathematicians like Pythagoras, also a renowned music lover, applied
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This mathematical concept is also greatly used in the music industry. Several studies have uncovered that this golden ratio appeared in many famous compositions like “Hallelujah”, “King of Kings” and many of Mozart’s piano sonatas. The golden ratio, found to be in the patterns of numerous famous compositions, when put into music, make such beautiful patterns and rhythms that theoretically may have helped in making these well-known songs famous.

Although these mathematical techniques are too complex to take such notice of, they still prove the close affinity of math and music, and of how math can be applied to music in order to produce harmonic sounds. However, there are also mathematical techniques that even a regular person knows that can be applied to music. These are, of course, geometry,

measurements and numerical patterns, as said before. These concepts, along with the mathematical theories mentioned above prove that math not only has a very close relationship with music, but also the great help that these mathematical concepts have given to the music industries.

2. Applying Music to Math

As mathematical theories, concepts and techniques have helped improve music through the years, music has also been proven to be a great help in the field of mathematics. Based on studies, children can improve their math skills by not only playing musical instruments, but also by just listening

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