Marcus Brooks

Marcus, or “Brooks,” is from Bellwood, Illinois, a Western suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He brings a valuable knowledge base to Tier 1 organization, as he introduces musical themes used to create social emotional learning and writing programs. He has been described as a gifted singer. He has participated in a variety of talent showcases, including, but not limited to the Chicago Music Opportunity Project (CMOP), American Idol, and Voice. He has had the opportunity to perform in countless places, both locally and abroad.

Brooks is also a prolific songwriter. His writing is a blend of eclectic soul, fused with pop and hip hop. His passion is coaching youth on how to improve their musical writing skills. He is currently promoting his singles, Like I Never Knew (L.I.N.K.) and Dear Father. He will release his highly anticipated EP, The Book of Brooks (scheduled to release the summer of 2014).

Because of Brooks’ knowledge surrounding music, including pop and hip hop, Tier 1 remains current with contemporary music and instrumental themes educators could use to engage students in the process of social emotional learning and writing programs. Brooks is trained infacilitating hip hop social emotional learning groups and has engaged students from Tier 1 through Tier 3 using music. He has also had a profound impact on students who receive specialized services in the school system due to learning disabilities and emotional disturbances. He says, “We must meet students where students are. Since students value music, the question is, how do we integrate music with instruction to engage them in the classroom and to provide the most effective social emotional support throughout the day?” Brooks provides his knowledge to assist with creating music themes surrounding SEL and writing programs based on the latter question.