Beatbox Resource translates times tables to the sound of music

18 November 2013

Nationwide Building Society has launched a new and innovative way for children to brush up on their times tables. Teaming up with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) the free online 'Beatbox Resource', available as one of the interactive resources from Nationwide Education, allows children to learn their times tables with a range of different sounds to make learning more engaging and accessible.

A range of sounds are available from beatboxing to clapping, to the music of instruments like the oboe, violin, flute and even the bongos. Learners can then choose the combination of sounds they find most helpful when learning their times tables.

Stephen Uden, Head of Citizenship at Nationwide commented "This resource is not only great fun, providing a really interesting way to learn times tables, but also supports Nationwide's commitment to developing a more creative approach to numeracy by working to ensure that everyday number skills are presented in an accessible way.

"People with poor number skills are twice as likely to be unemployed1, and more likely to be in mortgage arrears2. As a mutual with roots in the community we want to help members, the wider public and future generations with their number skills to equip them to make informed financial decisions."

Andy Baker, BSO Community Musician said "Music and maths go hand in hand, providing this new education resource has resulted in an exciting interactive and enjoyable way to learn time tables for all. We hope that Beatbox Tables will help the wider community, equipping them with vital numeracy skills and see future generations of mathematicians and musicians!"

"The BSO's Education and Participation projects are part of a wider programme of community work promoting musical education & cultural vitality. The BSO is committed to ensuring that music is accessible to everyone in the community irrespective of circumstance."

The 'Beatbox Resource' is available free on the Nationwide Education website and forms part of a wide range of practical resources for teachers, parents and children to assist in financial education, sustainability, safety and employability skills. Nationwide Education currently facilitates more than 50,000 resource downloads a month, helping people of all ages develop these important everyday life skills.

Notes to editors:

The 'Beatbox Resource' is part of Nationwide Education

1 National Numeracy 2 National Academy of Sciences USA

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as the second largest savings provider and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million members.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 15,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is the UK's busiest orchestra across 35 venues and 10,000 square miles of the UK. 2013 marks the Orchestra's 120th consecutive year of bringing the highest quality live music to the South and South West, reaching an average of 5000 concert-goers each week.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is a registered arts charity and relies on the generous support of the community. The BSO's income earned from ticket sales, commercial activity and grants from public funding sources help the Orchestra greatly.

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