Our Mission is to empower teachers and engage students by using popular music to create interdisciplinary, culturally responsive education materials for all 21st century classrooms.
“Music connects us, even when we must be apart. Our amazing teachers have provided structure, emotional support, and a reassuring sense of normalcy to our children as we’ve transitioned to a period of social distance. But kids don’t thrive in isolation. 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.”
– Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Founder, Little Stevie Van Zandt
Music Connects Us, Even When We Must Be Apart.
All of the material at TeachRock is ready for remote education, but our new student-facing Distance Learning Packs encourage students to immerse themselves in music and creativity while connecting with family, friends, and classmates. We’ll be publishing them continually throughout school closure.
We are proud to partner with
Providing engaging and enriching distance learning resources to the 40,000 New York City students in their afterschool network.
- 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?What is distortion, and how did it become a desired guitar effect in Rock and Roll?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 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?How did the input of manager Brian Epstein and record producer George Martin help The Beatles develop and refine skills that aided the band in presenting their music and personalities to a mass audience?How did Dr. King’s Birthday become a national holiday?