Rock Star Van Zandt Helping Connecticut Students Re-engage

Connecticut is turning to music in an effort to get kids more interested in school and help combat the learning loss suffered during the pandemic. Governor Ned Lamont and state education officials announced Tuesday that Connecticut’s public schools will be integrating a curriculum called TeachRock, the brainchild of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt and his nonprofit …

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 …

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 …

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 …