A few weeks ago, local NPR station Ideastream®’s reporter Michelle Kanu visited the Rock Hall to sit-in on a couple of our popular Rockin’ the Schools classes. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Rockin’ the Schools brings approximately twenty thousand students and teachers from Northeast Ohio and beyond into the Museum’s state-of-the-art Foster Theater to learn about the history and significance of rock and roll music. All of the classes are designed so that while students are enjoying the music they are also learning about key concepts in Fine Arts, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Technology. As a teacher in the program for the last seven years I always love watching students as they begin to understand the important part rock and roll played in the Civil Rights movements of the 1950s and 60s, or when they start to understand how hip-hop artists like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five related “The Message” of what life was like in the Bronx, NYC in the late 1970s to an audience around the world. Each of the programs is supported with materials for teachers to use in their classroom so that the lessons can begin in the classroom before the trip and continue on afterwards. Take a look for yourself at some of the materials for the class “The Roots of Rock and Roll: An American Journey.” And all of this is free for schools in Northeast Ohio. Want to hear more? Take a listen to Michelle Kanu’s story by clicking on the thumbnail below.