Using Music to Teach Math & Science

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logo2016780Earlier this week, jazz legend Herbie Hancock joined U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King and professors from some of the nation’s top universities for a discussion on Math, Science & Music, a new initiative that uses music to teach math and science to students.

“I would always try to figure out how things work.  It was that same instinct that I have that made me learn jazz more quickly. . . . It wasn’t a talent for music. It was a talent for being able to analyze things and figure out the details.”  – Herbie Hancock

Hancock later went on to study electrical engineering and he is now the chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which has, a website that offers teachers resources and apps to use music as a vehicle to teach other academic lessons. 

Watch jazz artist Herbie Hancock discuss the Math, Science & Music initiative.

Susan Courey, a professor of special education at San Francisco State University developed a fractions lesson in which students tap out a beat.  In a small study, students who received the music lesson scored 50 percent higher on a fraction test than those who learned with the standard curriculum.  Professor Courey observed “If a student can clap about a beat based on a time signature, well aren’t they adding and subtracting fractions based on music notation? We have to think differently.”

The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference is coming to Atlanta for the first time! Now in its 3rd year, this event assembles internationally recognized innovators together with practicing educators who are currently pioneering new paths in education. Educators will discover promising fresh approaches and new evidence-based methodologies to insure student success in a Standardized Curriculum/Every Student Succeeds world.  Register Today! Advance Registration Closes April 30th!


Jordan Ellenberg
Author of NYT Bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
Dr. John Almarode
Author & Expert on Innovative Ways to Apply Brain Research in Teaching
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Noted Author and Commentator on Education, Racial Diversity and Women’s Issues
Dr. Randy Sprick
Creator Safe & Civil Schools
Baruti Kafele
Award-Winning Urban Principal, School Turnaround Specialist
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2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta, which will be held June 19-22 at the beautiful Marriott Marquis, one of the premier hotels in downtown Atlanta.  Conveniently located in Peachtree Center, indoor MARTA access offers guests direct access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  This magnificent hotel is close to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame.  The breathtaking 52-story atrium is marked by the 50-foot color-changing sail of Pulse, a trendy lounge and symbol of this hotel.  Enjoy the onsite Starbucks and stay fit in the 24-hour Fitness Center.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will feature:

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Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference in Atlanta!  Please submit the proposal form online or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form to  The deadline for program proposals is April 30th, 2016.

Presenters are required to register for the conference – discounts apply for on-time registrations. Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805. 

The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference is part of the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta. Attendees enjoy complimentary access to all Summit keynote presenters and breakout sessions on a space-available basis.

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