What It Means To Be Indigenous on Thanksgiving since 1621

PJ Vegas is a singer, rapper, songwriter and producer from Los Angeles, CA and of Yoeme (Yaqui) heritage. He won a 2017 MTV VMA award for Best Video with a Message and was awarded a 2018 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Single. His father Pat Vegas is the bassist, guitarist and vocalist of Redbone, whose 1974 hit “Come …

Engaging Students Through Music

History teacher Ben Wides “traces it back” with a Teachrock.org CNN Soundtracks lesson plan that places Kendrick Lamar at the beginning of an exploration of Civil Rights based social movements from the mid-20th century to Black Lives Matter. The video was filmed at East Side Community High in New York, NY during Wides’ “Rock and Roll and Postwar History” class, …

Steven Van Zandt’s Educational Project Aims to Lower Dropout Rate – Spectrum News 1

There is no denying that Rock music has been instrumental in shaping American culture. Using his fame and platform, E Street Band guitarist, Steven Van Zandt is leading an initiative designed to empower teachers and engage students through popular music, with the aim of lowering the dropout rate. Orangethorpe Elementary School in Fullerton, California is the first campus to partner …

Rock N Roll Rebel Steven Van Zandt – Forbes Q&A

Aug 2, 2020 …So when the aptly named rock and roll rebel speaks everyone should listen with an open mind and pay close attention. Steve Baltin: What was the last show you saw before things shut down? Steve Van Zandt: I was in L.A. right before things shut down visiting a partner school for our history curriculum, Orangethorpe. One of …

Our Norwegian Partner School Sings “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 attended by students who are passionate about their craft. In June 2020, the school produced a two-day festival featuring performances and exhibitions drawn from TeachRock lessons. Before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out …

TeachRock Playlist: Pride Edition

TeachRock’s weekly 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” students are introduced to Black and Latinx activist and creative pioneers of the Gay Liberation movement including Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and …

Will Mosley Creates ABCs of Black Musicians

Trying to find inventive ways to keep your students enticed can be difficult, but this Brooklyn teacher teacher created the ultimate activity for his students to learn the names of some of music’s most iconic African American artists. Long time friend of TeachRock, Mr. Will Mosley, from P.S. 149 The Danny Kaye School in Brooklyn, NY created the ABCs of …

Steven Van Zandt in Solidarity with Teachers – Ed Week Feature

The member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and actor from The Sopranos is touring the country with his band to promote music education and show solidarity with teachers. In a crowded concert hall 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 …

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

In his TeachRock program, Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” video becomes a text about the slave trade. By John Seabrook May 21, 2018 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 …