Mathematics provides an important way to inform and interpret music. For example, because of a mathematical breakthrough (better ways to calculate the twelfth root of 2), Johann Sebastian Bach was able to write in every key. This set of problems is intended to facilitate interdisciplinary connections and reasoning with music. Math by the Month features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6.
Mike Pacheco is the Assistant Director over Assessments at the Nevada Department of Education and a graduate student in mathematics education at the University of Nevada, Reno. His professional interests include large-scale mathematics instruction improvement and educational equity.
Heather Glynn Crawford-Ferre is an educational consultant and doctoral candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her professional interests include mathematics education and educational equity.
Henry King is a program specialist for the Nevada Department of Education and an accomplished musician. His professional interests include bass, guitar, ukulele, and the musical education of others.
Edited by Lisa Brooks, Lisa.Brooks@ucf.edu, a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando
Samantha Neff, Samantha_neff@scps.k12.fl.us, a K–grade 5 math coach at Highlands Elementary School in Winter Springs, Florida. Email problem collections for the editors to consider as future Math by the Month columns. See submission guidelines at http://www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM. Email creative solutions and adapted problems to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential publication, noting Readers Exchange as the subject.