Press Release: Music and Arts Integrated Math Enrichment Lessons

Musi-Matics! Now Available from MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education

RESTON, VA (January 14, 2009) Musi-Matics! Music and Arts integrated Math Enrichment Lessons, a new publication by Karin K. Nolan and published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education, offers primary mathematics teachers the necessary tools to teach through the arts.

Plan an entire year of an arts-integrated mathematics curriculum with ready-to-use lesson plans and resources designed for elementary classroom and music teachers. Eighteen lesson plans combine the mathematics curriculum with music, movement, and visual art to enrich classroom instruction and supplement curricula. Author and educator Karin Nolan has gathered primary elementary math and fine arts standards from around the country (including the national arts standards) and created lessons for those objectives found most often. Also included are guidelines for developing arts-integrated lesson plans to maximize students’ learning and creativity.

Teachers reinforce both math and musical concepts through enjoyable techniques designed to enhance student mastery.

Musi-Matics! has also successfully been used in college classes for elementary education and music education methods courses. This book guides teachers and future teachers through the lesson planning process and through arts-integration concepts.

“Karin Nolan has developed a text that integrates age-appropriate music and math concepts for primary school students. Lesson plans are written clearly, and teachers do not need a background in the arts to use this book. I especially appreciated the many hands-on lessons throughout the book, which will engage children in music and math activities and lead to more in-depth learning.”—Diane Persellin, Professor of Music Education, Trinity University; Editor, General Music Today

Karin K. Nolan has taught music at every grade level from preschool through college over the last eight years, including her current position teaching music for Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, AZ, and teaching music education at the University of Arizona. While completing her doctorate in Music Education, Nolan presents at numerous conferences and workshops around the country about her research endeavors, arts integration, learner-centered education, and arts advocacy.

Musi-Matics! is available from RLE in paperback for $26.95 and clothbound for $70.00. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 142,000 members and supporters represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located in the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA.