Rock Hall’s Award-Winning Videoconferencing Program Reaches 25,000 Student Milestone

State-of-the-art distance-learning program continues to grow as it delivers unique music education to the classroom

CLEVELAND (March 18, 2010) – On Tuesday, March 23, the award-winning education department at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will reach its 25,000th student via the Museum’s start-of-the art videoconferencing program, On the Road.  The milestone will occur during a connection to a group of eighth graders at the Gereau Center for Applied Technology in Rocky Mount, VA.  Starting at 1:45 pm EST, Rock Hall educator John Goehrke will connect to the school for an hour-long music education program.  Using a high-tech, fully interactive videoconferencing system, these students will learn how key moments in rock and roll history have helped to shape the world. 

Goehrke will be talking to approximately 30 eighth graders about rock and roll’s effect on society in a course called Ball of Confusion: Rock Music and Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s. The students will actively participate in discussions about challenges American society was facing at this time stemming from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s Liberation movement. During this time many people felt that the world was a “Ball of Confusion,” as described in lyrics of the popular Temptations song. This class features songs from the 1960s and 1970s and helps students identify ways that popular musicians have used messages of revolution, protest, and empowerment to question society, and effect change.

The Museum’s award-winning distance learning program, On the Road, uses videoconferencing technology to offer a unique educational experience for grades 2-12.  These classes make use of the Museum’s extensive educational resources in order to increase students’ knowledge in subjects such as music, history, science, and technology.  Students also learn about the history of rock and roll music and the people that have played a role in its evolution. 

On the Road classes, as well as the accompanying pre- and post- connection classroom activities, meet Ohio and National education standards.  Since its inception in 2005, the Museum has conducted just under 1,000 programs to more than 40 U.S. states and six countries, including Australia, Canada, England, France, Guatemala, and Mexico.  Teachers across the country have selected On the Road for the Teachers’ Choice Award four years in a row – an award sponsored by Polycom, a leader in videoconferencing technology. Twice it has been awarded Best Content Provider in the Fine Arts Museums category.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is at the forefront of bringing popular culture into the classroom. The Museum’s state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology allows it to offer interdisciplinary educational experiences, teaching children and young adults the ways in which music has played a part in some of the most important social, cultural and political issues in modern history.

For more details about the Rock Hall’s educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com/education.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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