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 for Geographic Education conference. In a keynote speech to a ballroom filled with geography teachers, Zanes outlined connections between music and geographic education. In that talk, and in the three-hour workshop he later co-led with Bill Carbone, Zanes drew on materials TeachRock is developing to accompany the geographically centered, Dave Grohl-produced HBO documentary series Sonic Highways, demonstrating that every piece of music is a product of the time and place in which it was created.