LITTLE STEVEN’S ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL MENC: THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION, SCHOLASTIC, AND THE ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION TO BRING ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC EDUCATION INTO CLASSROOMS NATIONWIDE
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, Scholastic, and musician/actor/philanthropist Steven Van Zandt through his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, have joined efforts to bring Rock and Roll history and music appreciation into classrooms through the development of a Rock and Roll music education program. The Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School is targeted to launch in middle and high-schools in 2008/2009, highlighting the impact that Rock and Roll music had on historic events in the country and around the world.
“The support by MENC of this unique middle and high school program and our relationship with Scholastic is the proudest achievement of my life,” says Van Zandt. “Our joint efforts will ensure that future generations will continue to be inspired, motivated, and enlightened by the worldwide common ground communication of Rock and Roll.”
The Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School program will be a chronological anthology tracing the history of Rock and Roll from its roots to present day, highlighting the cultural impact and significance of each era of the genre as it relates to the events and changes that took place in the history of the country and of the world. The content for the program will be created by educators and some of the most prominent rock music historians and writers in the country, and each lesson will feature a DVD component with various relevant musicians and celebrities contributing.
“The long and important history of Rock and Roll as it reflects history and culture offers an innovative and relevant teaching opportunity for teachers,” says Shelley White, Editorial Director of Scholastic’s InSchool division. “Scholastic is proud to join with MENC and Steven Van Zandt to bring this terrific new initiative to schools across the nation.”
This rich compendium of materials will be delivered to schools free of charge. Each participating school will receive a package containing teacher lesson plans, reproducible student pages and accompanying DVDs, CDs, and posters to enhance the students’ experience. In addition, content from these materials, along with additional resources and more information, will exist online, offering multi-dimensional tools for both students and teachers.
“Our schools are comprised of students with varying musical interests and abilities,” said Lynn Brinckmeyer, president of MENC. “One of MENC’s goals is that all children receive the benefits of music education. MENC is pleased to work together with Mr. Van Zandt and Scholastic to provide curricular materials that reach out to young people who may not currently participate in music ensembles, but can benefit from the diverse and exciting program that is Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School.”
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation:
To educate and promote the history and achievements of Rock and Roll music as well as other traditional and modern music forms. To save, safeguard, archive, and collect important Rock and Roll and other musical documents, histories, or artifacts. To preserve original analogue tape master recordings. To help save or safeguard important Rock and Roll music sites or venues, and to raise public awareness of the historical significance of certain music sites or venues. To provide scholarships, fellowships, or grants to young aspiring musicians. To teach the history of Rock and Roll and its origins and document it’s impact on our nation’s and world culture. To donate or provide access to musical instruments, training, recording equipment, and other musical skills to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to receive them. To insure that the tremendous cultural and artistic benefits and achievements of Rock and Roll music be passed down to future generations.