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Education Department Will Pay Tribute with Classes, Free Public Programs during Women’s History Month

CLEVELAND (March 11, 2009) – In honor of Women’s History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has planned a month-long tribute to some of the women, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, who redefined the rules in music and in the music industry.

Throughout the month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame education department will offer a special Women’s History Month class entitled “It’s My Party:” Women and the Art of Songwriting, as part of its interdisciplinary educational program, Rockin’ the Schools. Students will learn that although the music industry has typically been male dominated, many women have become successful record label owners, songwriters, performers, and producers.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, students will examine how women songwriters have shaped rock and roll history with their memorable lyrics, singable melodies and powerful arrangements.  Learn about songs by award-winning songwriters such as Ellie Greenwich, Carole King, Patti Smith, Madonna, Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys.  To make reservations for a Rockin’ the Schools educational program, please call (216) 515-1228 or visit

**Unless otherwise noted, all events below are free with a reservation.  Please email or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

The Rock Hall’s 2009 Women’s History Month schedule of events:

Teachers Rock
Wednesday, March 11
Fourth Floor Theater
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

A special Women’s History Month Teachers Rock will address the challenges of designing lessons that include women and their participation in and contributions to popular music and, more broadly, to American history.  Rock Hall educators, Lauren Onkey and Kathryn Metz, will discuss how they developed a class about women and the business and art of songwriting and the challenges that they met in creating the course.  Using women and the art and business of songwriting as a framework, Lauren and Kathryn will focus on song production before and during the initial years of rock and roll as well as on the emergence of the singer-songwriter across the genres, including folk, R&B, and hip-hop. 

From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits featuring Dusty Street
Wednesday, March 18th
7:00 p.m.
Fourth Floor Theater

Dusty Street, the first female radio deejay on the West Coast, began her career in radio broadcasting in 1967 at KMPX in San Francisco before switching to KSAN in 1969. Street worked at the progressive rock radio station for the next 10 years until she moved to Los Angeles and joined the now-infamous rock radio station, KROQ. Throughout her time there, KROQ helped to pave the way in breaking model punk and new wave bands and established “Rock of the Eighties,” highlighting such artists as Blondie, Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones and more.

Street switched formats to classic rock at KLSX in Los Angeles for several years before heading to Las Vegas’ 97.1 The Point.  However, her influence at KROQ did not go on without notice as she was offered to host Sirius Satellite Radio’s First Wave.  Since 2005, she has been the host of Sirius XM’s Classic Vinyl radio, which broadcasts live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Allan Freed Studio Monday through Thursdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST.  Street also hosts an internet radio show called The Fly Low Show at

Members and visitors will have the opportunity to hear Street’s incredible stories firsthand in a discussion led by Jason Hanley, director of education at the Rock Hall. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. 

This event is part of the series From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, a groundbreaking Rock Hall program that shines the spotlight on the people whose contributions to the rock and roll art form are often as powerful as those of the artists themselves.

Rock and Roll Night School
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
Fourth Floor Theater

Rock and Roll Night School is a monthly series of educational, discussion-based night classes offered free of charge.  Rock Hall educators Lauren Onkey and Jason Hanley will lead this month’s class, which will focus on 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson.

Wanda Jackson is an American rockabilly and country music singer who began recording in the mid-50s. She was one of the first female rockabilly singers to come to popularity during the 1950s. She mixed regular country music material with fast-moving rockabilly music, often cutting each side of a record with a different type of music.  Join us as we examine some of Wanda Jackson’s most important songs, including “Fujiyama Mama,” “Let’s Have a Party”and“Tears Will Be the Chaser For Your Wine.”

For more information about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational programming, visit

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 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 both 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, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit