Project Description

There is a surprisingly robust connection between mathematics and the arts and this residency is designed to boost students math skills through the creative, art, and music-making process! Whether a student is a little math whiz or needs help brushing up on math facts, this class will provide a stimulating environment for increasing fluidity in everyday calculations while deepening understanding of math concepts and vocabulary.

Additionally, the fun and interactive activities presented in this residency will captivate student imagination, opening minds and activating brains in ways that will multiply exponentially!

Final Product

Students will create two final visual art projects, play three different percussion instruments, and work in small groups to creatively explore math concepts through the use of fun manipulatives and design elements, and demonstrate what they’ve learned by engaging in movement games.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and draw simple shape designs, understand symmetry and asymmetry, and how to recognize and create patterns in movement, music, and visual arts.
  • Students will be able to count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
  • Students will understand number lines, pair bonds, odd and even numbers, the concept of arrays, the communicative properties between addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division, and corresponding math vocabulary.
  • Students will gain proficiency in using rulers, scissors, and folding techniques.
  • Students will understand design elements, color theory, and how approaching math problems in a creative way can help them overcome mind blocks.

Suggested Grades

  • K-2nd and 3rd-5th

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1 hour per classroom
  • Materials: $2 per student
  • Travel from Eugene


“Ms. Andrea’s Boosting Math Skills Through Music, Movement & Visual Art class is an amazing way to connect kids to math on a whole new level. This class was so popular, even with our students that normally do not like math. The drumming and movement made it so much easier for kids to focus and really understand what they were working with. One parent said their student loved it so much he wanted to do it all over again, while another parent said that her daughter talked about the class constantly!” –Cessna S., Auxiliary Coordinator, Oakhill School

Integrating multi-disciplinary arts with core curriculum is a passion of mine, because I love seeing how it activates a high level of student engagement and breaks through pervasive learning barriers. In addition to teaching arts education, I work as a substitute teacher in the public, elementary schools and see firsthand just how much students are struggling with math due to prolonged periods of time being out of the classroom due to the pandemic. It is exciting and transformative to help students draw a connection from creative endeavors, like art, movement, and music-making to math concepts that were once previously out of reach!-Andrea DiPalma Yansane