Steven Van Zandt Goes Back To School

Steven Van Zandt Unveils New Music Education Curriculum

Steven Van Zandt is spearheading a new way to bring music back into the classroom.  His Rock & Roll Foundation has teamed up with the Grammy Museum to create a new curriculum for middle and high school students that teaches kids about the roots of rock music as well as the ways it impacts and reflects society.

The E Street Band guitarist tells “Rolling Stone” that instead of telling kids to “take that iPod out of your ear and pay attention,” students are invited to share what they’re listening to and then “trace it back and talk about it.”  He explains that “what that forms is an immediate common ground and immediate engagement.”

Van Zandt introduced “Rock & Roll: An American Story” at an event at New York University on Wednesday.  NYU will also host a training program for teachers.  Organizers will be launching “RRAAS” this fall.


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