TeachRock empowers teachers and engages students by using popular music to create interdisciplinary, culturally responsive education materials for all 21st century classrooms.
Launched by Stevie Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, TeachRock.org provides free, standards-aligned resources that use music to help K-12 students succeed in disciplines like science, math, social studies, language arts, and more.
TeachRock is a nonprofit open educational resource. All TeachRock materials are free to use and are created thanks to your donations.
Let Stevie Van Zandt tell you why TeachRock matters in the video below
“Kids come to us with certain gifts intact–imagination, curiosity, energy, emotion, instincts. We should use those gifts instead of ignoring them, and integrating the Arts is the best way to do it”
– Stevie Van Zandt
- What is Cumbia, and how do you play its traditional rhythms?What is Joropo, and how is it inspired by nature?How can the music of ChocQuibTown, from the Pacific Coast of Colombia, help students express and celebrate their cultural identity through Rap?What is Quitiplás, how does it incorporate the natural world, and how is it an example of polyrhythm?
- How did the bands X-Ray Spex, Bad Brains, and Death define Punk on their own terms?What role do Blues lyrics and juke joints play in Black American literature and life?How have writers, storytellers, and musicians explored the crossroads as a symbol in their work?How do Langston Hughes, Gladys Bentley, and Louis Armstrong effectively write personal narratives about living during the Harlem Renaissance?
- How have works of literature and music by Black Americans shared an empowering theme of identifying and resisting Jim Crow?How can writing and evaluating algebraic expressions be used to anticipate a musician’s touring costs?How can data be analyzed and interpreted to better understand a band's success?How can writing and evaluating expressions be used to explain the scope of an artist’s concert schedule?
- How can ratios be used to identify a music artist’s social media audience engagement?How can graphing be used to analyze music industry data?What is sound, and how are its characteristics explained scientifically?What are the mathematical variables that give a sound its particular quality, and how can these variables be measured, visualized, and calculated?