TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students.

Innovative lesson plans developed by experienced educators and top experts in the field foster genuine learning in areas including social studies, language arts, geography, science, STEAM, general music and more. TeachRock has crafted engaging and meaningful material for every classroom, and developed exciting professional development workshops to share it with teachers. All for free. No cost, period.

TeachRock is endorsed by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Association for Music Education and the National Council for Geographic Education, with partners including Scholastic Inc., HBO, PBS, Reelin’ in the Years, ABC News, Rock’s Backpages, New York University Steinhardt School, and the Grammy Museum.

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Donations

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 across the country.

Click here to donate to Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

By mail: Rock and Roll Forever Foundation | 434 Avenue of the Americas #6, New York, NY 10011

General inquiries: Write to donate@rockandrollforever.org

FOUNDER’S BOARD

  • Steven Van Zandt, Founder
  • Jackson Browne
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Bono
  • Bruce Springsteen

STAFF

  • Chris Tuffli, Executive Director
  • Bill Carbone, Vice President of Education
  • Rolando Alvarado, Operations Manager
  • Christine Nick, Senior Manager of Policy and Outreach
  • Ben Dumbauld, Research Associate and Project Manager
  • Joshua Zarbo, Project Manager and Social Media Coordinator
  • Rob Friedlander, Director, Strategic Alliances

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • David Roth, Chair
  • Susie Buffett
  • Kevin Keyes
  • Ted Mitchell
  • Vagn Sørensen
  • Maureen Van Zandt

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Bob Anderson
  • Rick Buck
  • Joe Del Broccolo
  • David Lubliner
  • Jason Martin
  • David Peck, Reelin’ in the Years
  • Anthony Perrone, ABC News
  • Warren Rosen
  • David Rubin
  • Terry Stewart
  • Richard Wilkinson

Partners

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.

REELIN’ IN THE YEARS

www.reelinintheyears.com

ABC NEWS VIDEO SOURCE

www.abcnewsvsource.com

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

www.nyu.edu

ROCK’S BACKPAGES

www.rocksbackpages.com

THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

www.grammymuseum.org

SCHOLASTIC

www.scholastic.com.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

www.nafme.org

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES

www.socialstudies.org

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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, Jason Martin, Jake King, Scott Moore, Matthew Davis and Boyle Software, the Spitzer Foundation, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy, Mick Rock, Charles Peterson, Patrick Harbron, Ron Pownall, Timothy White, Danny Clinch, Barrie Wentzell. We tip our hat to all of you!

For help along the way: Mitchell Attas, Kimberly Shuler, Chris Erikson, Maia Pillot, Kojo Opuni, Gregg Parrish, Ellen Livingston, Nate Olson, Scott Schinder, Michael Shelley, Leah Branstetter, Michael-Ann Haders, Adam Rubin, Blair Bodine, Heather Laurel

Featured Photographers

Lesson Writers

  • Greg Perles
  • Brielle Grover
  • Janelle Gendrano
  • Ellen Livingston
  • Steve Armstrong
  • Debra Plafker Gutt
  • Shauna Fitzmahan
  • Ryan Miller
  • Patrick Sprinkle
  • Sarah Bever
  • Stacie Berman
  • Steve Stavola
  • James Michel
  • Dennis Urban

Contact

Lost Planet Airmen     |     Credit: James Vaughan

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.

info@rockandrollforever.org