DBQs Aren’t Just for AP Students!

Michael Ochs is a history/social studies teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, CA and a longtime TeachRock user. Recently, Michael contributed two Document Based Questions to Teachrock.org (available here and here), and we’ll be publishing two more of his DBQs in coming weeks as well. In the following article, Michael discusses how DBQs, which are most often …

TeachRock Norway!

While TeachRock’s Common Core and ESSA alignment doesn’t translate directly into Norwegian, the Foundation’s approach to arts integration is a universal language. TeachRock is proud to have shared Director Bill Carbone and Research Associate and Project Manager Ben Dumbauld as consultants to a major education project with the University College of Southeast Norway (HSN) for a week this March. During …

TeachRock at SXSWEdu

Everything is bigger in Texas… even conferences! SXSWEdu, the Education and Tech focused week of the month long Austin event, was in many ways akin to major music festival, but rather than bands, it was bursting with educational thought leaders and cutting edge organizations, all speaking, leading workshops, and hosting panels. The Foundation used its set on the big stage …

RUMBLE in Vancouver: The First Nations School Association Curriculum Workshop

The Foundation was elated about the opportunity to make lesson plans to accompany the film RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World. The film explores the history of Native Americans through their involvement in popular music—it’s made in the model of a TeachRock lesson already! Moreover, it allowed us to address a void in our own offerings. Until RUMBLE we …

TeachRock teams with New Jersey School Board Association for Student Film Festival

TeachRock and New Jersey School Boards Association are calling upon teachers and students to become part of New Jersey’s rich musical tradition by creating a documentary that explores the sound of their hometown. Sonic Highways Hometown Documentaries is a project-based learning initiative, created by the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, that empowers groups of students to create a filmed portrait …

Suggested Paths

Songs are portals–look into them and you can explore the world in which they were made, see the social, cultural, and political landscapes that affected their making and their makers. In many ways, the story of popular music in America is the story of America. Though we’re 120 lesson plans deep in the exploration of that story at TeachRock, we …

Guest Column – Making Connections with Music Students

Kristina Lindstrom Harrah Public Schools Harrah, OK I am super excited to share with you how I use the TeachRock Curriculum in my classroom.  I first discovered TeachRock a couple of summers ago when I was hired for my current job.  I teach at a mid-sized high school/middle school in a rural suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I am the …

A Message From Our Executive Director

On May 1st of this past year I walked through the door of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation for the first time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect . . . From the outside looking in I had come to truly respect the organization that Steven had created and the work that is done. How can you not get …

Turning Songs into ELA Games – The “Playlist” Activity

All of the lesson plans at TeachRock draw on the history of music to encourage engaging discussions and learning experiences. But music is also useful for quick “starter” activities or just to provide an alternate way of approaching an idea. The “Playlist” activity is a fun tool to develop analysis and argumentative writing skills in the ELA classroom.   “Playlists” …

Using TEACHROCK in the Classroom

Stephanie Arnell The Balanced Mind Conference, Molloy College November 7, 2017   On November 7, 2017, I had the opportunity to bring the TeachRock curriculum to life as I presented at The Balanced Mind Conference at Molloy College in Rockville Center, New York.  The Balanced Mind conference offers arts educators professional development to enhance content knowledge, address Common Core connections, …