Spectrum 1 News – Rock Musician Creates Educational Program to Lower Drop-out Rate

There is no denying that rock music has been instrumental in shaping American culture. Using his fame and platform, famed guitarist, Steven Van Zandt is leading a campaign designed to empower teachers and engage students through popular music. Orangethorpe Elementary School in Fullerton is the first campus to partner with TeachRock. Students’ in a kindergarten to third grade were glued …

Education Week – This Rock Legend Is Combining Teacher PD With Live Music

In a crowded concert hall here on a late October evening, rock musician Steven Van Zandt leaned into the microphone—nodding his head, wrapped in his trademark bandana—and turned his between-song banter to teacher appreciation. “We’ve been, you know, just trying to give a little respect to the teachers around the country,” he said to audience applause, while intermittently strumming a …

New Yorker – Steven Van Zandt’s New Rock-and-Roll High School

Wearing his trademark silk head scarf, an exotic blend of Barbary pirate and Russian babushka, Steven Van Zandt was relaxing backstage at the PlayStation Theatre, in Times Square, recently, before a gig with his fourteen-piece band, the re-formed Disciples of Soul. Van Zandt, who is sixty-seven and is widely known as Little Steven (he goes by that name on his …

5/7 Exploring TeachRock DLPs

Intro, TR site overview, DLP page overview, DLPs: The Reclamation of the Cowboy Indigenous Roots of Rock and Roll Who is Ritchie Valens? Who is Mavis Staples?

4/30 Exploring TeachRock DLPs

Intro, TR site overview, DLP page overview, DLPs: Celebrating Community with Art, Historical Roots of Hip Hop, What is Sampling?

Little Steven Van Zandt Releases Free Distance Learning Packs for Students in New York City & Beyond

Covid-19 has closed the nation’s schools. Teachers are working tirelessly on remote education, but most aren’t trained for “Distance Learning.” Emotionally, young people aren’t built for social distance. But Music Connects Us, Even When We Must Be Apart. Most know Little Steven Van Zandt as a co-founder and guitarist of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, or Silvio Dante …