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 …

TeachRock and Scholastic Inc. Present Webcast featuring Steven Van Zandt, Dave Grohl and Whoopi Goldberg

TeachRock recently partnered with Apple Corps and Scholastic, Inc to develop educational materials to accompany the Ron Howard documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. In addition to six lesson plans at Teachrock.org, Scholastic and TeachRock hosted a live webcast at the Scholastic Auditorium. Hundreds of New York public school students, and several thousands of students …

RRFF Executive Director Warren Zanes Speaks Alongside Congressman John Lewis, Ralph Nader and Others at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

The National Council for the Social Studies 96th annual conference, held December 1-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C., featured an exhilarating list of featured speakers, such as civil rights activist, author and senator John Lewis, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, and RRFF Executive Director Warren Zanes.  In his keynote, Zanes discussed concepts and presented materials …

TeachRock Creates Educational Materials to Accompany the Critically Acclaimed PBS Soundbreaking Series

TeachRock has partnered with Show of Force and PBS to create sixteen new lesson plans that accompany the critically acclaimed series Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. The eight episodes of Soundbreaking explore the dynamic tension between people who make music and the ever-evolving technology available to them. The TeachRock lessons use content from the episodes, period …