Mandalas Music and Math STEAM Unit

By |2018-01-03T10:44:29-07:00May 5th, 2016|

When we talk about arts integration and STEAM, sometimes we forget that integration can (and should!) happen between fine arts areas too. We spend so much time thinking about standards that naturally connect across the fine arts, and other areas, that we bypass the many ways that the fine arts connect with each other.

The Three “M”‘s:

For our brand new unit, Mandalas Math and Music, we’re highlighting some ways that music and visual art connect using math as the common denominator. In this unit, students are working on recognizing and creating mathematical rules using patterns, repetition and rhythm. Students explore this concept through studying 12-bar blues and mandalas. We look at ways that both of these artistic expressions utilize mathematical rules in their structure.


Mandalas Music Math


Maybe my favorite part of this whole math and art integration unit is the final project. After exploring the artistic format and math used in each arts area, students create a combined artistic composition. They create a 12-bar blues pattern and then create a mandala, which visually demonstrates the 12-bar blues pattern itself. When they present their final project to the class, they play the blues pattern while they show their mandala and explain how they used patterns, repetition, and rhythms as mathematical rules in the structure of their piece.


Looking for more math and music lesson plans like this one? Check out our online class, Designed to STEAM for templates, lessons, ideas and resources you can use right away.

As with all of our units, this is FREE for you to use. You’ll just need to either login or register in order to access the whole unit.


  1. Crystle February 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I would love to use this unit in my classroom. The puzzle cards for the first slide continue to insist that I use a chrome browser when I am currently in chrome. Is there something I need to do to access the lesson?

    • Susan Riley February 18, 2019 at 4:38 am - Reply

      You might want to clear you cache or try an incognito browser. Also, make sure your browser is up to date. Tech can be finicky sometimes!

  2. Crystle February 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Has anyone else had trouble getting the puzzle cards for this lesson to open?

    • Crystle February 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I didn’t see the previous post! I will try what you suggested. Thank you for the response.

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