# Number Sense Blog

By Mathnasium | Added Jul 3, 2019

Studies have shown that math and music go hand in hand. In fact, getting tutoring for math can bolster music studies, and vice-versa. So what better way is there for a kids math program to teach math than with a music-themed word problem?

Students can practice their elementary level math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and more with today’s word problem challenge. Take a look at the question below, and take your time working it out. We know you can do it!

Question: An orchestra has 12 first violins, 10 second violins, 8 violas, 8 cellos, and 6 double basses. Each instrument has 4 strings. How many strings are there in the full orchestra?

Solution: There are 12 + 10 + 8 + 8 + 6 = 44 instruments in the orchestra. If each instrument has 4 strings, then there are 44 × 4 = 176 strings.

(Image above from Max Pixel.)

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