TeachRock Joins Resolution to Make June “African American Music Appreciation Month”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Monday introduced a resolution honoring the contributions of African Americans to America’s musical heritage. The resolution also calls for greater access to music education for African American students. A recent Department of Education study found that only seven percent of music teacher licensure candidates were African …

Watch TeachRock’s First International School Partner Sing “We Are The World”

We are proud to say that The Edvard Much School in Oslo, Norway is TeachRock’s first international partner school. Edvard Munch School is a premiere performing arts school and is well-equipped with young, talented, and driven students who are passionate about the arts. Earlier this year, the school put on a two-day festival featuring performances and exhibitions drawn from TeachRock …

TeachRock Celebrates Juneteenth

“It is true we have the Proclamation of January 1863. It was a vast and glorious step in the right direction. But unhappily, excellent as that paper is—and much as it has accomplished temporarily—it settles nothing. It is still open to decision by courts, canons and Congresses.” – Frederick Douglass “The Mission of War” (1864)  On June 18th, 1865, General …

TeachRock Celebrates PRIDE

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade. We’re celebrating with the release of four new Distance Learning Packs that offer ways to teach LGBTQ+ History in History, Civics, General Music, Social Studies, and Visual Arts classrooms across grade bands. Through the immense efforts by organizers and activists in the past 50 years, the LGBTQ+ community has …

Can You Name These Activists?

In TeachRock’s newest DLP, “Y’all Better Quiet Down”, we discuss significant activists in the Gay Liberation Movement. Since the Stonewall Riots, the story and history of the movement has become whitewashed. This lesson focuses on retracting the whitewashed story and highlighting the activists of all races and genders who influenced the Gay Liberation Movement. If you can’t name the people …

You May Not Know Who John Harvey Was, But We Do Now, and We Thank Him…

John Arthur Harvey of Leominster, MA tragically passed away last week due to complications from Covid-19. Just one of the 117,000 Americans who have lost their lives in the pandemic. His full life and great character was brought to our attention in the below obituary asking loved ones to consider making a donation to YMCA Youth Basketball Program or TeachRock.org …

TeachRock Playlist: Pride Edition

TeachRock’s weekly Spotify playlist series continues, and this week we are paying tribute to Pride Month! In one of our newest Distance Learning Packs, “Y’all Better Quiet Down”: Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ Pioneers” we discover the activists and artists that pioneered the Gay Liberation movement including: Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and musician Sylvester. This …

TeachRock Launches Its First Full-District Partnership

Introducing TeachRock’s first ever school district partnership! Starting in the new 2021 school year, TeachRock and the Hopatcong School District have formed a close partnership for the first districtwide school system in the World for a leading and innovative educational platform, that will be used as an additional learning tool for grades K – 12. While TeachRock has been available …

TeachRock’s DLP on Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is a groundbreaking 21st century American rapper. So far, he has won thirteen Grammy awards and six Music Billboard awards. Although he started rapping at the young age of 16, but he didn’t become a household name until he released To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015. Although To Pimp a Butterfly contains many hits, TeachRock used To Pimp …

TeachRock Teacher, Jamie Warner, Is Named Teacher Of The Year by Orange Avenue School in Cranford, NJ

CLICK HERE to donate to TeachRock.org and support the creation of FREE educational materials. Donate $10 or more and you could receive a guitar signed by Stevie Van Zandt! Orange Avenue School (OAS) has announced that Jamie Warner has been selected as the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year. Ms. Warner is a social studies teacher at Orange Avenue School. The environment that she creates in her classroom …