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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 Mayfield, Public Enemy, Parliament, Grandmaster Flash, N.W.A., Ice Cube, De La Soul and more. Make ...

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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 lives and work of such individuals as Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, and Rosa ...

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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 Young, and Rosa Parks and the music that inspired change. The Crossing the Color Line: ...

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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 full program done in partnership with the Dave Grohl-produced HBO Sonic Highways series. Over the ...

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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 and educators throughout the country watched as Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder Steven Van ...

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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 from the foundation’s recent collaboration with the Critics’ Choice Award-nominated PBS series Soundbreaking. Zanes played ...

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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 journalism, archival recordings, and an innovative suite of online interactive TechTools to tie the themes ...

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RRFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WARREN ZANES TALKS TEACHROCK AND PBS SOUNDBREAKING AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Thousands of educators convened in Grapevine, TX at The National Association for Music Education annual conference, November 10-13, 2016. Most of the attendees were present for Rock and Roll Forever Foundation executive director Warren Zanes’ keynote speech, in which he used clips from the PBS Soundbreaking series to introduce concepts from the sixteen TeachRock lesson plans developed to accompany the episodes. Later in the day, Zanes led an open discussion session with high school honor ...

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STEVIE VAN ZANDT, DAVE GROHL AND WHOOPI GOLDBERG BRING YOUR CLASSROOM TO LIFE WITH A LIVE WEBCAST ABOUT THE BEATLES

TeachRock and Scholastic Inc. explore the power of The Beatles as cultural icons in this live webcast featuring Stevie Van Zandt, Dave Grohl and moderator Whoopi Goldberg. The October 19th event will examine the influence of The Beatles on society during the changing times of the 1960s and beyond and answer questions from students. Sign up free-of-charge to enliven your social studies, language arts, history and general music classes and access the activities designed to transform this into a ...

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND SUMMER '17 TOUR - SPECIAL TICKETS AVAILABLE

SPECIAL OFFER AVAILABLE NOW: Tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band for the Australia & New Zealand "Summer '17 Tour"     Limited supply of tickets - they will go fast, so get your orders in today!   Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band are bringing "The Summer '17 Tour" to Australia and New Zealand and Stevie Van Zandt is making a limited number of tickets available through the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Join us for an unforgettable experience ...

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TEACHROCK AND SONIC HIGHWAYS AT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE

The TeachRock team has maintained a frenetic pace throughout the summer. In addition to working toward 22 new lesson plans to accompany the Ron Howard The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years and PBS Soundbreaking documentaries, executive director Warren Zanes and senior project manager Bill Carbone have presented the TeachRock educational materials at several conferences throughout the U.S. From July 28-30 the TeachRock team journeyed to Tampa, FL for the National Council ...

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CONFERENCE REPORT: LITTLE KIDS ROCK MODERN BAND ROCKFEST 2016

The TeachRock team has maintained a frenetic pace throughout the summer. In addition to working toward 22 new lesson plans to accompany the Ron Howard The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years and PBS Soundbreaking documentaries, executive director Warren Zanes and his troupe have presented TeachRock’s engaging educational materials at conferences throughout the U.S. On July 19 in Fort Collins, CO., Warren Zanes delivered the Little Kids Rock “Modern Band Rock Fest ...

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THE NEW YORK TIMES FEATURES ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION LESSON PLAN

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s lesson plan “The Music of the Civil Rights Movement” was recently featured in the New York Times blog The Learning Network. The Times article, “Teaching With Protest Music,” suggests educators can enrich any humanities course and increase student engagement by incorporating protest music into their classroom work. Authors Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten laud the RRFF’s philosophy of putting music in context. This approach, they say, is “a powerful ...

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RRFF PARTNER TEACHERS ATTEND THE RIVER TOUR 2016

On April 25, Steven Van Zandt invited a group of partner teachers to join him for a backstage meet-and-greet reception before closing night of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s “The River Tour 2016” at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Teachers Ben Wides, John Soi, and Dana Orlak had all joined Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) staff at the SXSWedu conference in Austin. With executive director Warren Zanes, the group presented teaching materials being ...

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: PATRICK MCGUIRE FROM HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with 11 educators who we selected to participate in the Rock and Roll: An American Story pilot program. The teachers span middle school, high school, and the university level, teaching in seven states including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, and California. All teachers are leading either a semester-length or yearlong course using the Rock and Roll: An American Story curriculum.  We recently interviewed Patrick "Mac" McGuire, one of our pilot educators. Mac teaches U.S. History ...

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RRFF IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOP

Summer Teacher Workshop: July 13 - 15, 2016 Now accepting applications! This summer, from Wednesday, July 13 to Friday, July 15, Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will hold a free three-day Teacher Workshop in New York City, centered on the Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAS) education project. Geared toward middle and high school teachers who have already used the RRAS curriculum in their classrooms, this workshop will feature guest presentations and group discussions, as well as explore participants' experiences with ...

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ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH LITTLE KIDS ROCK TO LAUNCH A NEW SERIES OF INTERDISCIPLINARY LESSONS

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with Little Kids Rock to present a new series of lessons that explore popular songs and the stories behind them. Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that trains public school teachers to deliver Modern Band music classes and provides instruments to the schools at no cost. This innovative series of lessons contextualizes specific songs from the Little Kids Rock songbook, including “Hound Dog,” “Twist and Shout,” ...

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RRFF PRESENTS AT SXSWEDU

On March 9th, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, in partnership with the PBS series Soundbreaking, presented a panel discussion and workshop at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas. This was the Foundation’s first appearance at the annual conference, which has become one of the premiere events in the nation to discuss intersections between education and innovation. The panel featured RRFF Executive Director Dr. Warren Zanes in conversation with partner teacher Ben Wides of Manhattan's East Side ...

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: FRANK FACONTI FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with 11 educators who we selected to participate in the Rock and Roll: An American Story pilot program. The teachers span middle school, high school, and the university level, teaching in seven states including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, and California. All teachers are leading either a semester-length or yearlong course using the Rock and Roll: An American Story curriculum.  We recently interviewed Frank Faconti, one of our pilot educators. Frank teaches a course ...

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: NELIA WOLOSKY FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with 11 educators who we selected to participate in the Rock and Roll: An American Story pilot program. The teachers span middle school, high school, and the university level, teaching in seven states including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, and California. All teachers are leading either a semester-length or yearlong course using the Rock and Roll: An American Story curriculum.  We recently interviewed Nelia Wolosky, one of our pilot educators from Brooklyn, New York. ...

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: JOHN SOI FROM ACCORD, NEW YORK

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with 11 educators who we selected to participate in the Rock and Roll: An American Story pilot program. The teachers span middle school, high school, and the university level, teaching in seven states including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, and California. All teachers are leading either a semester-length or yearlong course using the Rock and Roll: An American Story curriculum.  We recently interviewed John Soi, one of our pilot ...

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TOUR PHOTOS

Thank you to everyone who has come out to support the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation at Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 2016 "The River" Tour. We hope that you had a wonderful time. If you attended our backstage meet and greet and had your picture taken with Steven Van Zandt, you can view and download your photo on our Facebook page. Your contributions will go directly toward the continued growth and promotion of Rock and Roll: An American Story, ...

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: ADAM DALEY FROM TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with 11 educators who we selected to participate in the Rock and Roll: An American Story pilot program. The teachers span middle school, high school, and the university level, teaching in seven states including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, and California. All teachers are leading either a semester-length or yearlong course using the Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAS) curriculum.  We recently interviewed Adam Daley, one of ...

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: MELANIE DANA FROM GOSHEN, MASSACHUSETTS

For the 2015-16 school year, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has partnered with 11 educators who we selected to participate in the Rock and Roll: An American Story pilot program. The teachers span middle school, high school, and the university level, teaching in seven states including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Colorado, and California. All teachers are leading either a semester-length or yearlong course using the Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAS) curriculum.  We recently interviewed Melanie Dana, one of ...

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PILOT TEACHERS ATTEND WORKSHOP WITH FOUNDER STEVEN VAN ZANDT

On Friday, November 6, ten educators met at the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) offices in New York City to participate in a professional development workshop, specially designed for teachers in our 2015-16 pilot project. Spanning multiple disciplines and grade levels, the pilot teachers provided RRFF staff with valuable feedback, lesson plan ideas, and best practices in their classrooms. A highlight of the day was a group discussion led by RRFF Founder Steven Van ...

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RRFF ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH LONG ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is pulling in reinforcements to bring the area’s music legacy to local students. Earlier this month, the group announced its partnership with the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, the group created by Steven Van Zandt to promote music education. The foundation’s executive director, Warren Zanes, and the chairman of LIMHoF’s education advisory board, Tom Needham, spoke to Long Island teachers in St. James about localized music history lessons ...

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RRFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEACHES COURSE ON SONGWRITING HISTORY AT NYU

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Executive Director Dr. Warren Zanes is teaching a fall semester class at New York University. For the second year in a row, Dr. Zanes and NYU Professor and Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence Phil Galdston are teaching the course entitled “Songwriting History and Criticism: 14 Songs” in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The course is open to both NYU graduate and undergraduate students, who will examine songs such as James Brown’s ...

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ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION HOSTS SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOP IN MANHATTAN

On July 29 & 30, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation hosted a summer teacher workshop, designed for educators who are using Rock and Roll: An American Story in their classroom. A select group of twelve teachers from multiple disciplines joined the RRFF team for valuable conversations, film screenings, and guest presentations, including an inspiring participatory discussion with CEO and Founder of Little Kids Rock, David Wish, a partner organization that is revolutionizing modern band ...

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STEVEN VAN ZANDT VISITS EAST SIDE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

In June, Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder Steven Van Zandt made a special visit to East Side Community High School in New York City’s East Village. During his visit, Van Zandt joined a 12th grade student seminar entitled “Rock and Roll History of Postwar America.” The year-long course was structured around the Rock and Roll: An American Story online curriculum, and was co-taught by history teachers Ben Wides and Peter Da Cruz. Graduating senior ...

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OPEN CALL FOR EDUCATORS TO SUBMIT TO THE 2015-16 PILOT PROJECT WITH STEVEN VAN ZANDT

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (RRFF) is looking for a select group of educators to participate in an upcoming 2015-16 pilot project with Steven Van Zandt. Candidates will be grouped in two categories: those who can do two to three-week units, and those who can do a longer, semester-length or yearlong course. In both cases, the classroom work will be based around the Rock and Roll: An American Story online materials. Participating teachers should ...

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR RRAS SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOP, JULY 29 - 30, 2015

On July 29–30, 2015, Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will hold a two-day Summer Teacher Workshop in New York City, centered on the Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAS) education project. Geared toward middle and high school teachers who have already used the RRAS curriculum in their classrooms, and those who have a real interest in doing so, this workshop will feature guest presentations and group discussions, as well as explore participants' experiences with RRAS materials. ...

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ROCK AND ROLL: AN AMERICAN STORY LAUNCHES ANNUAL USER SURVEY

On April 16, 2015, Rock and Roll: An American Story launched its annual user survey. RRAS is proud to provide web-based curriculum that is free of charge and accessible to all. The site relies on honest feedback in order to ensure that we are continuing to meet the needs of our teachers and our schools.  To this end, each year RRAS invites its users, including teachers, administrators, fans, and friends, to offer their comments.  If you would like to participate ...

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ROCK AND ROLL: AN AMERICAN STORY IS NOW COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR MOBILE DEVICE!

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is thrilled to announce that teachrock.org is now smart phone and tablet compatible. We invite you to explore the new user-friendly interface, featuring a modified homepage, a redesigned curriculum tab, and easier access to all of our exclusive resources. "Teachers are using technology every day to engage students," says RRFF Executive Director Dr. Warren Zanes. "We looked at the data and saw an increasing number of people accessing teachrock.org through mobile devices. In ...

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RRFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TEACHES SONGWRITING HISTORY COURSE AT NYU

This Fall at New York University, RRFF Executive Director, Dr. Warren Zanes, and NYU's Phil Galdston, Professor in the Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, have been teaching a course for undergraduate and graduate students entitled "Songwriting History and Criticism: 14 Songs." NYU students enrolled in the class have been using various materials drawn from the Rock and Roll: An American Story website as they have investigated fourteen of the most significant ...

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MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH CELEBRATES TEACHROCK.ORG IN NEW ONLINE VIDEO

On October 23, 2014, Middletown High School South posted a video to YouTube detailing their experience of Rock and Roll: An American Story in the classroom.  Produced by the Middletown Township Public School District, the video provides a window into how Teachrock.org is being assimilated into existing curricula and its ability to reach a wide range of students. “I’ve definitely found that by using this curriculum, it’s engaged a lot more students in the content,” ...

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RRFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO PRESENT AT NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION ANNUAL CONFERENCES

Dr. Warren Zanes will be in Nashville this October and St. Louis in November to unveil Rock and Roll: An American Story. Taking educators through the multi-media curriculum, illustrating a few among its many high points, and demonstrating some of the ways in which teachers can use the RRAS materials, Zanes will take this opportunity to begin the professional development efforts that will be a part of the launch year. Be sure to come and ...

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ROCK AND ROLL: AN AMERICAN STORY BEGINS FIELD TESTING

On October 1st, 2012 85 carefully selected field testers were given access to the RRAS materials and began teaching the first classes based on the RRAS curriculum. These teachers came from classrooms around the country and abroad, and teach across the disciplines: social studies, English language arts, general music, American history, and even a few math teachers. We have educators testing the curriculum in high schools and middle schools, as well as some elementary schools, ...

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RRFF INTERVIEWS BUDDY GUY AND JAMES HETFIELD

Continuing a series of original interviews, which so far have included such luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Bono, and Graham Nash, the Foundation spoke with James Hetfield of Metallica and renowned Blues musician Buddy Guy. Both offered insights on their careers, the influence of Rock and Roll in their lives, and many other topics. Highlights of Hetfield's interview included his reflections on the his first rehearsal space: "I think a lot of great things happen in ...

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