TeachRock is an online educational resource presented by Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and offered free-of-charge to educators and individuals everywhere. Interdisciplinary in nature, TeachRock is geared toward middle and high school students but includes resources for learning at all levels. Launched in Fall 2013, the website will offer new lesson plans and teaching resources on a monthly basis. Educators are encouraged to create user accounts, which will allow them to receive notifications when new content is made available. This is where the story will unfold!
Steven Van Zandt founded the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in response to a drop-out crisis he saw crippling American education. Believing that student engagement is a significant facet of the crisis, he conceived a curriculum based around popular music, a subject that connects with student interest and passion. Importantly, what he then created with his team is a curriculum that is not restricted to music departments alone, a truly interdisciplinary curriculum. Now endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Association for Music Education, with partners including Scholastic Inc., Reelin' in the Years, ABC News, Rock's Backpages, New York University's Steinhardt School, and the Grammy Museum, Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is launching TeachRock.
Dr. Warren Zanes, Executive Director
Bill Carbone, Senior Project Manager
Rolando Alvarado, Project Manager
Kathleen Germann, Director of Development
David Roth, Chair
David Peck, Reelin' in the Years
Anthony Perrone, ABC News
Phil Gladston, New York University
Matthew Davis, Boyle Software
TeachRock is a collaborative endeavor, strengthened by strategic partnerships. Among the list that follows are the various organizations and institutions that have given time, talent, and resources to bring this project to life.
This project owes thanks to many organizations and individuals! A few need to be singled out: The Sherwood Foundation, our friends at Scholastic Inc., Jim Allen, Kevin Keyes, Leon Black, Kenneth and Anna Zankel, Hui Soo Chae and the EdLab at the Teachers College Columbia University, The Steinhardt School at New York University, Professor Robby Cohen, Phil Galdston, Anthony Perrone's team at ABC News, David Peck's team at Reelin' in the Years, Barney Hoskyn's team at Rock's Backpages, The Grammy Museum, Matthew Davis and Boyle Software, the Spitzer Foundation, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy, Mick Rock, Charles Peterson, Patrick Harbron, Ron Pownall, Timothy White, Danny Clinch, Wentzell Barrie. We tip our hat to all of you!
For help along the way: Chris Erikson, Maia Pillot, Kojo Opuni, Gregg Parrish, Ellen Livingston, Nate Olson, Scott Schinder, Michael Shelley, Michael-Ann Haders, Mitchell Attas
In order to provide TeachRock free-of-charge to educators everywhere, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation needs support. We hope that you can help us meet our needs so that we can continue to develop our educational materials and extend our outreach to teachers and students.
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TeachRock is an educational project focused on the history of Rock and Roll, the music that changed the world. Presented by Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, TeachRock is the first curriculum to be rolled out nationally that explores the music and its world in this depth. From its roots in Blues, Country, Gospel, and R&B, Rock and Roll and its related forms have—for over five decades—touched all facets of our lives, private and public. Rock and Roll is experienced not simply as a sound culture, but as a cinematic and televisual culture, a literary culture, a fashion culture, a political culture, a dance culture, and more. It is lived in many ways. And now, with the introduction of the TeachRock curriculum, it can be studied in the same style. Please reach out with questions, ideas, and reports from the classroom.