Swetha Tandri has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember. In fact, she sang before she could even speak basic English! In the summer before 8th grade, Swetha realized music was actually in her DNA- she had perfect pitch, meaning that she can identify notes just by hearing them. She has a mini piano in her head! Only 1 in every 10,000 people have this ability.
Working to harness it, Swetha wrote her first original educational song about the first 5 United States presidents in 8th grade and have dabbled in music theory for a couple of years. Her high school did not have the best math curriculum, with people disliking the subject because it was not explained well. Unfortunately, this is an issue that affects the entire country, as 60% of 4th graders and 66% of 8th graders did not reach national proficiency levels as well as 60% of ACT test takers.
STEM is essential to solving modern world problems. Hoping to pursue data science herself, Swetha wanted to understand and appreciate math. She understood concepts better when explained through music, and scoured for consistent content that would explain music through song. She knew others could benefit from a resource like that as well. Seeing none, Swetha decided to create her own service one month ago using her knowledge, voice, and perfect pitch ability to compose.
Melodies for Math has released a series where they explain calculus topic in short, original songs. Their goal is to make a fully fledged math curriculum out of songs and satisfy more than 50 schools with their content.
To date, they have reached almost 150 Instagram followers in their first month with over 300 video views. The organization's work has also received many positive responses and feedback.
Swetha sees Melodies for Math in the future as a viable tool used by teachers, students, and anyone who wants to learn. In the meantime, she will continue to use her musical talent to aid in the success of her fellow peers.
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