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.

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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.

ABC News Video Source

The ABC News Video Source collection spans from 1896 to the present and includes the vast archives of ABC News, The Associated Press (AP), British Movietone and Helinet.

ABC News Collection

Reelin' In The Years

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

Rock's Backpages

Among the very best online libraries of music writing, RBP is an archive of writing contributed by the most celebrated writers in the field. The collection covers more than five decades of rich written content.

Rock's Backpages Collection