We empower teachers and engage students by using popular music to create interdisciplinary, culturally responsive education materials for all 21st century classrooms.
Launched by Little Steven Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has provided free, standards-aligned resources through the Teachrock.org curriculum to help teachers, students, and families succeed for more than a decade.
TeachRock and Covid-19:
TeachRock Partners with New York Edge to provide free distance learning resources to students in 100 New York City Public Schools
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“Music connects us, even when we must be apart. TeachRock curriculum has always used music to foster connections between students and teachers, and we’re going to use that power now to help keep them engaged, emotionally healthy, and learning.”
– TeachRock Founder, Little Stevie Van Zandt
Music Connects Us, Even When We Must Be Apart.
- What is the significance of Reconstruction and what does it reveal about the freedom that the post-Civil War constitutional amendments secured for African Americans?How does the Union occupation of Port Royal highlight the complex issues behind the Civil War?How does “the beat” of popular music reflect the histories of multiethnic populations and places?
- What is Afrofuturism and what are some of the cultural traditions and historical events that inspired and reinforced it?How did the Grateful Dead’s business practices create a dedicated fan culture and ensure the financial success of the group?How did the Grateful Dead reflect new ideas about life and society in the 1960’s?Who are the Wharf Rats, and how do they exemplify the practices of sobriety, peer support, and community building within a musical fan culture?
- How can math be used to better understand the Grateful Dead’s success?How has the image and history of the American cowboy been reclaimed in the 21st Century?How can the Beatles’ growth in popularity be demonstrated with math?Who was Leo Fender, what iconic musical instruments did he invent, and how did his inventions transform musical instrument design and popular music?
- How did female Country and Tejano artists approach the issues of feminism and Women’s Rights in the late 20th century?How does the “Surf Sound” in Rock and Roll reflect early surf culture, and what are the roots of this genre of music?What is the significance of Reconstruction and what does it reveal about the freedom that the post-Civil War constitutional amendments secured for African Americans?How have musicians helped spread climate activist Greta Thunberg’s message?