2017 Summer Teacher Workshop Report

This July, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) hosted nineteen K-12 teachers from throughout the United States for its Fourth Annual Summer Teacher Workshop. During the four day conference, the visiting educators participated in workshops and trainings led by guest scholars, visitors from the music industry, teachers who had attended previous workshops, and RRFF staff. The event concluded with …

RRFF at National Conference on Geography Education 2017

 At the 2017 National Conference on Geography Education (NCGE), several hundred classroom teachers, university professors, education leaders, and other decision makers gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico to explore new learning resources in geography education. Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) staff members Bill Carbone, Rolando Alvarado, and Joshua Zarbo were on hand throughout, introducing educators to the TeachRock project’s rich, …

Ten TeachRock Lessons for June

This June, celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month, the fiftieth anniversaries of the Summer of Love and the album many consider the theme of that cultural moment, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the impending freedom of summer with ten lessons from TeachRock. Rich in content featuring The Beatles, Beyoncé, The Temptations, Grandmaster Flash, RZA, and the Beach …

The Case for Combining Content

Teaching interdisciplinary content is among the best ways we, as educators, can prepare our students to engage with the complexities of life, education, and the workplace in the current world. Yet to many teachers who have invested thousands of hours in a specialization, the notion of introducing an “outside” subject in the classroom comes with equal parts excitement and terror. …

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and the New Jersey School Boards Association Announce Arts Curriculum Collaboration

NEW YORK, May 19, 2017-Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and the New Jersey School Boards Association today announced a collaboration to provide teachers and administrators in New Jersey’s public school districts with access to arts-based, STEAM-aligned professional development and a wealth of educational materials, free of charge. Even though the announcement comes only days after Van Zandt …

RRFF founder Stevie Van Zandt receives honorary doctorate from Rutgers

On Sunday May 14, 2017, Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder Stevie Van Zandt received an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University. In his commencement address, Van Zandt stressed the importance of the kind of arts education his TeachRock project helps provide, telling graduates, “We are the only country in the world where art is considered a luxury. You are going …

TeachRock Partners with Rosie’s Theater Kids at P.S. 140

On Wednesday April 26, TeachRock team members Bill Carbone and Christine Nick visited the lower East Side of Manhattan for a guest appearance on behalf of the Rosie’s Theater Kids at New York Public School 140. Founded by Rosie O’donnell, the Theater Kids foundation provides physical education through Broadway-connected dance to more than 2,000 New York City elementary students each …

TeachRock during National Inventors Month

This May, celebrate National Inventors Month by asking your students to consider how technology has shaped popular culture with eight lesson plans drawn from the TeachRock PBS Soundbreaking collection. Engage your students with the work of inventors and artists such as Les Paul, Mary Ford, The Beatles, Robert Moog, George Martin, Public Enemy, The Grateful Dead, RZA, Bob Dylan, Charlie Christian, and …

Six TeachRock Lessons for April’s Educational Themes

This April, fill your classroom with the sound of discussions about music and American culture! TeachRock has lessons to help you celebrate Earth Day, National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, all at no cost. Engage your students with rich content from TeachRock’s core curriculum and PBS Soundbreaking lessons while exploring ways that music by artists such as Bob Dylan, …

The TeachRock Women’s History Month Lesson Plan Collection

The TeachRock Women’s History Month Collection celebrates the women who helped shape American culture through their contributions as performers and producers of popular music. The ten lesson plans feature rich multimedia resources from TeachRock’s forty core lessons and the PBS Soundbreaking series. Students will engage the work of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Big Mama Thornton, Joan Baez, …