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Good Moo-sic
March 19th, 2021

We all like different music from each other. You and your friend might like some of the same songs, but not every song, and your parents definitely don’t like all the same songs as you. So what about cows: do cows all like the same music? And is there one kind they like best? Scientists studied this a few years ago by playing different songs for cows to see if the cows made more milk during certain songs. They found that when listening to songs with fewer than 100 beats a minute – maybe about 1 beat per second – the cows gave 3% more milk: in the time the farmers normally got 100 cups from them, they now got an extra 3 cups. Even though people have been studying this since the 1930’s, no one’s sure whether music really makes cows make more milk – or more importantly, whether the milk tastes better.

If You Give a Bird a Guitar…
January 29th, 2021

Never mind giving a pig a pancake — what happens when you give a bunch of live birds a set of guitars? Read on to find out – and strum your way through the musical math!

Banging out That Song
January 14th, 2021

Usually you aren’t supposed to pound on your toys with sticks. But there’s one toy where you can do that all you want. Read on to find out what toy this is, and do the musical math!

Chickens Playing the Xylophone
November 30th, 2020

The xylophone is such a fun musical instrument. So why should we humans be the only ones to enjoy playing it? Read on to do the musical math in chickens pecking and playing this fun instrument!

Best Drummer Ever
October 5th, 2020

You can make music using almost anything, like this guy who uses buckets to make really cool beats! And you’d be surprised how much math there is in music, especially drumming. Read on to find out how this guy is doing the mental music math, and get in on the action yourself.

The Song That’s Stuck in Your Head
September 24th, 2020

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head that you just can’t get out? You’d be surprised how much math is in these catchy tunes. Read on to tune into the numbers in songs you can’t stop singing!

Stomp It
August 23rd, 2020

Did you ever realize you can make music with just about anything? Even garbage lids, kitchen sinks, and brooms! Read on to do the math behind the wacky music you can make with everyday items.

A Song Every Minute
August 4th, 2020

Bedtime Math fan Elijah B. asked us, how many songs are there in the world? When you think about how long music has been around, the songs really begin to stack up. Read on for the answer, and to tune into the math in music!

Rock Star Robot
July 20th, 2020

Robots can do almost everything these days – including play the guitar! Read on to hear the toe-tapping talent of one Lego robot, and find out how math helps this machine make marvelous music.

Stretch That Song to the Sky
December 24th, 2019

If you’d like to play an instrument that’s bigger than you are, try the harp. If you’d like to play an instrument that’s A LOT bigger than you, try the Earth Harp! Read on to find out about this 700-foot harp that Bedtime Math fans Sophie and Ian G. told us about – and play along with the math in music.

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