To empower teachers and engage students by using popular music to create interdisciplinary, culturally responsive education materials for all 21st century classrooms.
Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock project brings rich, multimedia educational materials to teachers and students everywhere–at no cost. The lesson plan collections and resources at teachrock.org help teachers engage students by connecting the history of popular music to classroom work across the disciplines. From social studies and language arts to geography, media studies, science, general music, and more: TeachRock has engaging and meaningful arts integration materials for every classroom.
Lesson Plan Collections
There are more than 150 Lessons Plans at TeachRock
The CORE LESSONS explore the interconnected histories of popular music and American culture from the 19th century to the present.
The SPECIAL COLLECTIONS are constructed alongside documentaries, feature films, and with other partners.
Both categories are brimming with engaging resources and exciting classroom activities for teachers of all ages and disciplines.
- How can shapes be used to design an electric guitar?Why might people dance, and how have dance trends changed in America since the 1920s?How can one reproduce the effects seen in the music video for Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey’s song “The Middle” using a homemade projector?How might visual artists use music as a tool for inspiration, and how might sound be reflected through art?
- What is the science behind color theory, and how is it used in fashion and album cover design?How do successful music producers practice positive leadership skills?How can Gospel music help students identify the musical concepts of beat, meter, backbeat, subdivision, and syncopation?
- How did Black and Latinx people in the LGBTQ+ community take initiative in the Stonewall Inn rebellions, Gay Liberation Movement, and in the preservation of LGBTQ+ history?How did same-sex marriage become legal in the United States?
- How did the LGTBQ+ community creatively respond to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, and protest government inaction in addressing the epidemic?What were the Stonewall Riots, and what role did they play in ongoing struggles for LGBTQ+ equality in the United States?What was Third Wave Feminism, why did it occur, and how did musicians address some of the movement’s demands?How does Langston Hughes’ Blues-inspired poetry exemplify the ideals of the Harlem Renaissance?
- What was NASA’s Apollo program and why was it controversial?How have musicians responded to the Black Lives Matter movement?How were American’s divisive opinions over the Vietnam War articulated by musicians in the 1960s and early 1970s?
Exclusive Partner Media
Explore extensive media archives exclusively provided by our partners. Go to individual partner pages below to find historic video footage and relevant articles.
Reelin’ In the Years is the world’s largest library of music footage. From the roots of Rock and Roll to the present day, music from every period relating to Rock and Roll and from across the genres is represented in this remarkable library of film footage.
Reelin' in the Years Collection