Higher Education

The Rock Hall’s Education programs include a wide range of activities that help support the academic study of popular music, including through publications, lectures by visiting scholars and special presentations by Rock Hall educators of whom three hold Ph.D.s and four hold Master's degrees, with a fifth currently working toward his Master's.

We Teach

  • Members of the Rock Hall Education staff teach a variety of classes on popular music in Case Western Reserve University’s innovative SAGES program (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship).
  • We also teach a rock history course at Cleveland State University as part of their General Education requirements.
  • Throughout the academic year, the Education department connects to university classrooms around the country via interactive videoconferencing and guest lecturing to enhance courses in subjects such as popular music and culture, education, and history (Tulane University, Denison University, Oberlin Conservatory, The University of Texas at Austin, and others).

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We Research

Members of the Rock Hall Education staff present papers and participate on panels at academic conferences around the world including:

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Panel on King Records at IASPM-US in Cincinnati, 2011

Left to right: Philip Paul, studio drummer for King Records; Elliott V. Ruther, president, Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation; Bootsy Collins (inducted 1997), funk legend, recorded at King Records as a studio musician and bassist for the J.B.s; Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Brian Powers, reference librarian, Cincinnati Public Library and author of The King Records Scrapbook.


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