Despite what my entrance exam to kindergarten said, I have never been particularly adept at math. Every time I'm confronted with a math problem my brain somehow manages to twist the numbers into incomprehensible knots. Throughout school, the most common feedback I got back on tests was "right work, wrong answer." I know what I should be doing, but somewhere along the line I always managed to reverse a number. So I find it more than a bit amusing that I recently joined the Exponential Ensemble
. a chamber music group whose primary objective is to help kids understand mathematical concepts through music. Suddenly I find myself revisiting concepts such as fractions or greater than less than. I'm sussing out ways we can help students deepen their understanding of these ideas through the medium of music. It's fascinating, the connections are strong and innumerable. For some students a visit from the group may suddenly help them connect a very abstract concept to something they can see and hear in front of them. The Exponential Ensemble is just getting started. It's the brainchild of clarinetist Pascal Archer. I think he's done an incredible job bringing this idea to fruition, but now we need your help to make it grow. On Sunday September 9th, we'll be presenting a benefit concert featuring Billy Hunter, Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Please join us if you can. If you're too far away to attend, please consider making a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated! I'll keep you posted as we grow.