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Integrate Music Across the Curriculum with Stevie Van Zandt and TeachRock

Monday, February 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Arts Integration for All Subject Areas and Ages with Little Stevie Van Zandt

Presented by Christine Nick, Program Officer, TeachRock; Imani Wilson, Director of Media and Culture Strategy, TeachRock; Gina Machado, Special Education Teacher and Administrator; and Dayna Orlak, Social Studies Teacher.
Featuring a Q&A with Stevie Van Zandt, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the founder of TeachRock.
Moderated by Bill Carbone, Executive Director, TeachRock

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Launched by Stevie Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, provides free, standards-aligned resources that use music to help K-12 students succeed in disciplines like science, math, social studies, language arts, and more.

This recorded edWebinar provides an overview of the free TeachRock curriculum, highlighting resources and strategies for elementary school, middle school math, and high school social studies. The TeachRock curriculum embraces music integration as means to foster student engagement and buy-in, and a culturally supportive approach to education that enables all students to see themselves reflected in their studies. Examples of featured TeachRock resources are:

  • Segregation and Integration in Asbury Park, a three-part lesson collection that accompanies the film Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll. Students discover the impact the city of Asbury Park has had upon the history of American popular music, and explore the local conditions that led to the emergence of Stevie Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen, and other artists and musicians.
  • Math and the Music Industry, a five-part lesson collection for students to practice math skills within the context of the music industry. Utilizing important artists as case studies, students gain a valuable understanding of how fundamental math is to the industry’s functionality, as well as discovering the many components that comprise the music industry. Whether calculating touring costs, analyzing industry data, or determining fan engagement on social media, math is central to numerous aspects of the music industry.
  • LGBTQI+ Liberation: In Their Own Words is a high school resource that uses primary sources, including the voices of activists, witnesses to the uprising at Stonewall, musicians, and the genre of disco music to illuminate this period in history.

Viewers hear how teachers have used the free TeachRock materials in their own classrooms, and learn more about all of the resources from the TeachRock team.

Educators receive an overview of music-integration strategies that work with a wide range of students. By the end of the session, viewers are able to:

  • Apply music-integration strategies to their classrooms.
  • Navigate the free TeachRock resources to support further music and arts integration.

This edWebinar will be of most interest to teachers, librarians, administrators, and educators at middle through high school, and the presenters will let everyone know about all of the free TeachRock resources for elementary students, too.


About the Presenters

Christine NickChristine Nick is Program Officer at TeachRock. She is a former New York City public school teacher. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Instructional Leadership at Hunter College, the City University of New York, where her research focuses on Open Educational Resources and education equity and access issues.


Imani WilsonImani Wilson is Director of Media and Culture Strategy at TeachRock. She has taught music in the public schools of New York and New Orleans, and led music performance programs in community arts settings. Her research and writing focus on the sacred song/dance traditions of Global Africa.


Gina MachadoGina Machado is a special education teacher and administrator who has worked with student populations from Pre-K through High School. Gina has over a decade of experience instructing both students and fellow educators alike.


Dayna OrlakDayna Orlak has been a middle and high school social studies teacher in New Jersey since 2000. Over the past 16 years, she has specialized in teaching the History of American Popular Culture and all academic levels of United States History, grades 10 through 12, with a focus on arts integration.

Steven Van ZandtSteven Van Zandt is a Musician, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Music Producer, Music Supervisor, TV Producer, Actor, Director, Broadway Producer, TV and Film Composer, Live Event Producer, International DJ, Activist, Historian, Teacher, member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Contemporary and Traditional Rock and Roll.

After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the Asbury Jukes he became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and went on to become a successful solo artist in his own right recording and performing solo with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. In 2017 he released his first new album in over 15 years returning to his Rhythm and Blues roots entitled “Soulfire” which Rolling Stone named one of its “Best Albums of 2017.” In 2018 he released the “Soulfire LIVE CD / Vinyl box sets, and 2 disc Blu-Ray recorded live during the “Soulfire Tour.”

This year Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul have released “Summer of Sorcery” his first album of all original material in 20 years.

His songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer, Black Uhuru, and more.

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About the Moderator

Bill Carbone

Bill Carbone is the Executive Director of Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock, where his skills as an ethnomusicologist, educator, musician, and compassionate leader coalesce. Bill has also taught ethnomusicology and various music courses at both Wesleyan University and Central Connecticut State University, and has been an audio archivist, music librarian, and journalist. Outside of boardrooms and classrooms, Bill maintains an active performance career as a drummer and percussionist.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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TeachRock.orgLaunched by Stevie Van Zandt and the Founders Board of Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, provides free, standards-aligned resources that use music to help K-12 students succeed in science, math, social studies, language arts, and more.



Monday, February 7, 2022
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