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The Project

Building on his many years in the music business, Steven Van Zandt has worked with a team of educators to create a history of Rock and Roll curriculum, with interdisciplinary lessons featuring the legendary musicians who are at the heart of the story. This project is called TeachRock.

In the first phase of activity, Van Zandt’s Foundation developed and launched, an interactive website where the TeachRock curriculum lives. Structured around an original, forty-chapter history of Rock and Roll that extends from the music’s roots to its latest movements, TeachRock features innovative lesson plans developed by experienced educators and top experts in the field. Working with our content partners Reelin’ in the Years, Rock’s Backpages, and ABC News, TeachRock also offers an extensive library of multimedia support materials, including original video content of Rock and Roll’s most celebrated figures.

The TeachRock team works closely with educators across the country to pilot the curriculum and develop new teaching materials. The curriculum is frequently updated with new resources and lessons being created and added to the website on a regular basis.

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation sponsors professional development events for teachers using the TeachRock curriculum, promotes the project on a national scale, and, through its partners Scholastic, Inc., the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), communicates with middle and high school teachers nationwide.

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"The history of American music is about much more than just music. In it one finds some of the most powerful voices this country has ever heard, voices from society's margins that used music to make much needed changes. Not only should that history be studied in the classroom, we owe it to generations ahead to ENSURE that it is." -Dr. Julian Bond (1940-2015), Civil Rights Leader and Former NAACP Chair

The Foundation

  • Founder's Board

  • Steven Van Zandt, Chair
  • Jackson Browne
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Bono
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Staff

  • Chris Tuffli, Executive Director
  • Bill Carbone, Vice President of Education
  • Rolando Alvarado, Operations Manager
  • Christine Nick, Senior Manager of Education and Outreach
  • Ben Dumbauld, Research Associate and Project Manager
  • Joshua Zarbo, Project Manager and Social Media Coordinator
  • Rob Friedlander, Director, Strategic Alliances
  • Board of Directors

  • David Roth, Chair
  • Susie Buffett
  • Kevin Keyes
  • Vagn Sørensen
  • Maureen Van Zandt
  • Ted Mitchell
  • Advisory Board

  • David Peck, Reelin' in the Years
  • Anthony Perrone, ABC News
  • Phil Gladston, New York University
  • Jason Martin, The Martin Agency Group


Steven Van Zandt founded the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3), as an organization dedicated to preserving and studying Rock and Roll music and its culture. Van Zandt is a multi-platinum artist, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. A founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, he is also an original cast member of HBO's The Sopranos and starred in the original Netflix series Lilyhammer. Since 2002, Van Zandt has hosted “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” an internationally syndicated radio show. In addition to his musical career, Van Zandt spent the 1980’s immersed in international politics as a fierce advocate of human rights. He has been twice honored by the United Nations for his human rights achievements and received the International Documentary Association Award for his film, The Making of Sun City. Van Zandt acted as Executive Producer and Music Supervisor for David Chase's feature, Not Fade Away, and most recently produced Darlene Love’s Introducing Darlene Love released on Wicked Cool Records.

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TeachRock is a collaborative endeavor, strengthened by strategic partnerships. Among the list that follows are the various organizations and institutions that have given time, talent, and resources to bring this project to life.


    Little Kids Rock is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to unlock their inner music-maker. Since 2002, LKR has given more than 400,000 underserved schoolchildren across the U.S. access to fun, engaging, Modern Band music classes and brand new instruments at no cost to the students, teachers, or school districts.

    Soundbreaking is an eight-part PBS series initiated by Sir George Martin that looks at the technology behind such legendary recordings as those made by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Run-DMC, Aretha Franklin, and more.

    Reelin’ In the Years is the world’s largest library of music footage. From the roots of Rock and Roll to the present day, music from every period relating to Rock and Roll and from across the genres is represented in this remarkable library of film footage.

    The ABC News Video Source collection spans from 1896 to the present and includes the vast archives of ABC News, The Associated Press (AP), British Movietone and Helinet.

    Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.

    Among the very best online libraries of music writing, RBP is an archive of writing contributed by the most celebrated writers in the field. The collection covers more than five decades of rich written content.

    The GRAMMY 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 GRAMMY® Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.

    Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online.

    (formerly the MENC): NAfME is among the world's largest arts education organizations and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and preservice music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.

    Serving as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education, the NCSS is the premier organization for social studies education in the United States, and one of the largest in the world.