There’s much to learn from musical educators, and educational musicians.

The first pilot episode of Schoolhouse Rock talked about 3 — its magical powers of indivisibility, and multiplication.

Just over 15 years later, De La Soul sampled the schoolhouse because they too knew 3 was the magic number:

Without my 1 and 2 where would there be

My 3

Mase Pos and Me

And that’s the Magic Number

3 is magic.

Hat tricks, 3 pointers. Triangles, tripods, rule of thirds. The third person. The third place. The third dimension.

However, for a workshop, while the magic number isn’t three, it’s just one multiplication away.

For a workshop, six is the magic number.

Here’s why.

The cabaret-style table layout is the best one for workshops, and a cabaret table best seats six.

Need to choose someone from the table for an activity?

Each table gets a dice (six-sided of course), and each person gets a number. Just roll the dice. Pure chance, no bias* (keep rolling sixes? Maybe it’s magic* …)

Six is the magic number because it divides into pairs, and into the original magic number of three.

- 2 is pair discussion, checking in.
- 2 is remixing and iterating on their ideas.
- 2 is quiet retrospection, being a sounding board.
- 3 is multiple perspectives, trio ideation.
- 3 is a role-play scenario. 3 lets one wear the judging hat.
- 3 is two teams in friendly competition.

3 times 2, or 2 times 3, and six… is the magic number.

What if you need to do something in groups of four?

Six has you covered. Bring two tables together — now you’ve got three quartets.

And six is also the magic number because it’s even better together.

**6 x 6.**

Multiply it by itself and you have the optimum larger group size. 36.

Trailblazing teacher Marc Lewis builds his School of Communication Art curriculum around a group of 36. [ *You can learn more about Marc and his amazing school on **my Tickets podcast*].

Marc uses 36 because it divides so magically.

- 2 teams of 18.
- 3 groups of 12.
- 4 squads of 9.
- 6 tables of 6.
- 9 posses of 4.
- 12 trios of 3.
- 18 duets of 2.

6 x 6: 36. The magic, flexible, workshop number.

*Footnote:*

*My lucky number has always been 7, but maybe I can have a magic number too.*

*Why? Three magic reasons.*

*First, I’m 6'6".*

*Second, I’m writing this at the age of 36.*

*And third, my birthday marks the next number. It turns out that day is both lucky and magic: 7/6.*

*Six.*

*Six is the magic number.*