Fractional Drumming

Fractional Drumming is a prototype tool that allows students to create musical lines for different instruments that represent different patterns corresponding to fractions and then pose questions about the meaning. The potential of this tool lies in the facts that drumming requires dividing up time, and that, when measured, has the ordered, scalar, equivalent-unit properties that we rely upon in conceptualizing and using fractions; (2) in music as in fractions, the question of what constitutes a single whole is close to the sureface and open for discussion and (3) drumming is embodied and natural and has the potential to donate some fun associated with its production to fraction learning, especially for the disenfranchised students that this project starts with.

Members: 
Name Department College
Steve Harrison Computer Science College of Engineering
Deborah Tatar Computer Science College of Engineering
Collaborative Colleges: 
Engineering
Studio: 
Grant