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Marcus Blackwell: Using Music and Creativity to Teach Children Math | 198

podcast October 17, 2020

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Teachers are blown away because they’ll give me the kids that say they hate math and I’m like, yeah, I’ll take them. That’s what I look for. And from there they’ll do more work in my class the first day meeting me than they would have the entire semester. So this is really impactful.

This week’s featured trailblazer is Marcus Blackwell.

Marcus Blackwell is the CEO and Founder of Make Music Count, a math curriculum taught through music. He received a B.S in mathematics from Morehouse college and has played professional gospel piano since the age of 16.

Students are not performing well in mathematics. Marcus dedicates his energy to developing creative methods that convince students to embrace mathematics. His company is designed to go into the school systems to work directly with students connecting the mathematical dots where the traditional methods of teaching fall short. Marcus believes that he is able to connect well with students because he also struggled with math growing up and it was music that allowed him to eliminate the intimidation he had towards mathematics.

My ask today is that you’d help share this episode. If you’re posting to social, please tag @tbpod and use the hashtag #TrailblazersFM

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