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NVMTA Presents Linda Monson

Music & Math: A Harmonious Intersection

Wednesday, Dec 6, WCA, 700 S Buchanan St, Arlington, VA 22204
9:30-10:00 Coffee and Networking
10:00-10:45 General Business Meeting
10:45-a.m. – 12 p.m. Program
The business meeting and program will be available via Facetime to teachers in Loudoun County
at Piano Express 20608 Gordon Park Square #190, Ashburn, VA 20147

Is there a way to effectively teach certain concepts in both music and math through an investigation of the common elements in these two seemingly diverse disciplines?  International Steinway Artist Linda Apple Monson believes there is.

She will discuss “Music and Math: A Harmonious Intersection” at the NVMTA meeting on December 6th.  Dr. Monson, Director of George Mason University’s School of Music, believes that music, which incorporates emotion, expression and creative spontaneity, also emphasizes patterns, logic, order, structure and form.  And while some characterize mathematics as rational and abstract — emphasizing numbers and calculations — mathematicians realize the inherent beauty and elegance in working out proofs.  Furthermore, Monson suggests that the creativity realized in tackling complex mathematical problems might indeed be similar to the creativity involved in composing or performing a complex musical work.

Monson’s lecture will demonstrate many similarities and connections between music and mathematics that can be taught in the private studio or classroom setting, including concepts of consonance and dissonance, tuning, Fibonacci numbers, the relationship of the golden ratio to musical climax in composition, and integer notation as related to dodecaphonic music. Arguing that both should be taught as complementary disciplines rather than opposing cultures, Monson will illustrate these corresponding concepts by performing copious musical examples at the piano.  In modern society where STEM education is highly promoted and emphasized, it is important to articulate the benefits of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, math) as educators and as musical citizens.

Dr. Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist, serves as the Director of the School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University.  An active performer/scholar and an internationally recognized master-teacher, she has given lecture-recitals, solo piano recitals, and piano master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. She was chosen as a featured lecture-recitalist for the 2017 International Conference of the College Music Society in Sydney, Australia. She also performed recitals and gave piano master classes in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia; Seoul, Korea; and San Jose, Costa Rica in the summer of 2017. She has been selected for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Named a University Distinguished Service Professor at Mason in 2012, Dr. Monson received the 2014 Influential Women of Virginia award.  Additionally, she was chosen as the George Mason University 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year and she earned the Mason 2009 Teaching Excellence Award “for exemplary dedication to student learning and commitment to educational excellence.” Dr. Monson was recently elected to the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation, the board overseeing accreditation for music degrees at universities and conservatories across the nation.  She recently received the Toastmaster’s International Communication and Leadership Award  “in recognition of outstanding dedication, leadership, and contributions in the areas of education and international understanding.” Monson earned three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance, the Master of Music Degree in Piano, and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a double-major in Piano and Bassoon. She also received a Diploma in Piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.