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Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will release sixteen lesson plans for middle and high school students in November 2016, all based around the Soundbreaking episodes and available at teachrock.org. These educational materials will be available free to educators and students, geared toward classrooms across the disciplines, and rich in multimedia resources.

Steven Van Zandt founded the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation in response to a drop-out crisis he saw crippling American education. Believing that student engagement is a significant facet of the crisis, he conceived a curriculum based around popular music, a subject that connects with student interest and passion. Importantly, what he then created with his team is a curriculum that is not restricted to music departments alone, a truly interdisciplinary curriculum. Endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Association for Music Education, and the National Council for Geographic Education, with partners including Scholastic Inc., Reelin’ in the Years, ABC News, Rock’s Backpages, and New York University’s Steinhardt School, Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is changing the way music is studied in middle schools and high schools across the country. The Foundation’s educational partnership with the PBS series Soundbreaking makes clear how music can make the classroom come alive. For more information, please visit teachrock.org.

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The GRAMMY Museum will host educational conferences at colleges and universities across the country to showcase Soundbreaking and connect students with the musicians and music industry professionals featured in the series.  The GRAMMY Museum seeks to educate and inspire all Museum visitors and Members as to the enduring qualities and cultural significance of popular and classical music. By implementing a variety of innovative educational strategies; by incorporating the advice and needs of scholastic teachers, locally, regionally, and nationally; and by presenting the expertise of Recording Academy members, the GRAMMY Museum offers the most dynamic and exciting educational programs available from music museums today.

Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY® Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information, please visit grammymuseum.org.

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