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, …

Christmas in Hollis

By Bill Carbone, Director of Education and Partnerships RUN-DMC.’s Raising Hell was one of the first cassettes I ever chose to buy. I’ve now read many analyses of its importance within the Hip Hop genre–the hard, cold beats, the minimalist approach to harmony and structure, the Rap-to-Riff-Rock crossover–but as an elementary school kid, I just felt it. I can still …

Guest Column – The Arts Take Center Stage in California!

Randa Schmalfeld, Principal – Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts Fullerton, California As a nationally-recognized Exemplary School of the Arts, our staff views the arts as a springboard through which students discover and define themselves. Students at Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts participate in an arts-integrated approach to learning all academic content, and make meaningful …

TeachRock Staff Recommendations – November 2017

What we’re reading, watching, and listening to… Listening: Bob Dylan – Trouble No More, The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-81 Sun Ra – The Space Age is Here to Stay Fangirl Happy Hour (bi-weekly podcast) Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not Mitski – Puberty 2 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers Brandon Seabrook – Needle Driver Jeff “Tain” Watts …

ESSA and TeachRock

In December of 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, known more commonly as “ESSA.” It’s the latest iteration of the Primary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. ESSA, which passed with bipartisan support, gives state governments increased power to make decisions in regards to standards, state administered exams, school performance measures, and teacher evaluations. Many states …

Link Wray, Hidden No More

By Ben Dumbauld, Research Associate and Project Manager The history of popular music is rarely a smooth affair–it is punctuated by events that, seemingly out of the blue, forever demand recognition by musicians, audiences, and the music industry as a whole. The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Woodstock. MTV’s first broadcast. Yet, not all such seminal events in music are …

Professional Development Update: TeachRock Nationwide

Throughout the summer and fall of 2017, Rock and Roll Forever Foundation specialists have been crisscrossing the country, bringing the TeachRock curriculum to classrooms, and connecting face to face with the teachers who bring the lessons to life. So far this year, the TeachRock professional development team has worked with nearly 500 K-12 teachers from across disciplines in New York, …

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in the STEAM Tank

The STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) and the U.S. Army, encourages students in the areas of STEAM–science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. The highly successful program, launched at NJSBA Workshop 2016, pits student teams in a contest modeled after the “Shark Tank” television show. Student teams create innovative interdisciplinary projects, and …