An upcoming study in Educational Studies in Mathematics shows that learning music can help with fractions:
You know, quarter notes and eighth notes and such.
And some musicians are a little annoyed that music isn’t being taught for music’s sake:
Which is just how many mathematicians feel when people ask them to keep applying their discipline to all these other areas.
The mathematicians are just more used to it by now – everyone uses their work. It gets valued for that reason, but not often on its own merits. Music and art have some aspects that are headed the same way these days.
Of course, every mathematician I know is also a musician…