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, …

TeachRock during Black History Month, part 3: Music as a Representation of People and Place

Educators, enrich your Black History Month programs with lesson plans that use music as the entry point for discussions. Engage your students with rich multimedia materials that highlight the achievements of key artists including Howlin’ Wolf, Nas, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Kanye West, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Santana, Beyonce, James Brown, Ice-T, Curtis …

TeachRock during Black History Month, part 2: Music as the Inspiration for Cross Cultural Conversations

Educators, enrich your Black History Month programs with lesson plans that use music as the entry point for discussions. Engage your students with rich multimedia materials that highlight the achievements of key artists including Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Public Enemy, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters, The Who, The Beatles and more. Make connections between the …

TeachRock during Black History Month, Part 1: Music as an Agent of Change in the Civil Rights Era

Educators, enrich your Black History Month programs with lesson plans that use music as the entry point for discussions. Engage your students with rich multimedia materials that highlight the achievements of key artists including Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, The Beatles and more. Make connections between the lives and work of such individuals as Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew …

RRFF and East Side Community High School Come Together for “Sonic Highways in the Classroom” Documentary Screening

The East Side Community High School sits in the midst of a lower Manhattan neighborhood peppered with cultural history. ESCHS history teacher Ben Wides and his students decided to engage the musical past of their neighborhood firsthand by participating in the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s “Sonic Highways in the Classroom” pilot project, which was done in anticipation of a …