2009 Inductee Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. will help bring music into schools

CLEVELAND (June 9, 2009) - School’s out for summer, but nearly 70 teachers from across the United States and Canada will be heading back to class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Summer Teacher Institute from June 22 to June 26, 2009 at the Museum.

This year’s Electrifying the Classroom will bring both K-12 and post-secondary educators together with arts education specialists, historians, curriculum designers, and musicians to learn how to use popular music to teach across the core-curriculum, energizing the classroom with an art form that speaks to today’s students.

Institute participants will learn about some of rock’s greatest legends while exploring the history and the communities that helped to shape the sound of popular music.  Experienced educators will share their successes in the classroom, presenting their own rock and roll-inspired lesson plans.  This year’s Institute will include a Hall of Fame Series event featuring 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Darryl McDaniels, of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. McDaniels will discuss his experiences as an innovative hip-hop performer and his work as a tireless advocate for arts education.

“Each year Rock Hall educators serve more than 20,000 students and teachers through the Museum’s educational programming,” said Jason Hanley, director of education at the Rock Hall.  “Teachers often ask us how they can integrate popular music into their classroom teaching.  We show teachers how they can engage students in a variety of academic disciplines by exploring different aspects of popular music,” said Hanley.  Education Programs Manager Stephanie Heriger, a former special education teacher in New Orleans, agrees.  “I’ve seen it work.  Bringing popular music into the classroom can help you reach students that might not respond to traditional instruction.  As teachers, we sometimes need that ‘hook.’ Rock and roll can engage your class in ways you never imagined.”

As one past participant noted, “I’m energized by the subject, and I have more information to work with in curriculum planning.” Dr. Debby Thomas, a special education teacher from Pooler, GA added, “I have learned to try different things and to expand my horizons even further.  I found this week to be one of the most beneficial educational experiences in my 30 years as a teacher. “

Making use of the Rock Hall’s resources, including curriculum models from the Museum’s successful Rockin’ the Schools programming, the Institute will provide a forum for cutting-edge discussions about integrating popular music into the interdisciplinary classroom.  Through the study of such models, teachers will identify ways to use music to deepen their own students’ engagement with language arts, social studies, music, technology and beyond. 

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Summer Teacher Institute is at the core of the Museum’s mission and stands as one of our longest-running educational programs.  Its success is due to the intense interest of both teachers and students in studying popular music,” said Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs.  “Summer Teacher Institute provides K-12 educators a unique opportunity to come together for a week and collaborate with us on projects that further the study of rock and roll.”

For their own work in the Summer Teacher Institute, participants have the option to earn two graduate credits from Ashland University for an additional cost.

Additionally, the Museum’s curatorial department will introduce participants to the Rock Hall’s collecting philosophy and to current special exhibits (including those on Bruce Springsteen, Motown, and photographer George Kalinsky) – the Museum’s “backstage” work to preserve rare artifacts.

Nationally Acclaimed Presenters for the 2009 Summer Teacher Institute:

Rock History 101 Teachers:
• Lauren Onkey, M.A., Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Public Programs, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
• Jason Hanley, M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), Director of Education, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
• Stephanie Heriger, M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), Education Programs Manager, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
• John Goehrke, B.A., Education Coordinator, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
• Kathryn Metz, M.M., Ph.D. (ABD), Education Instructor, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Breakout session leaders include:

• Danielle N. Dachtler, M.A., First Grade Teacher, University School, Shaker Heights, OH
• Joe Knap, M.A., Retired English Department Head, Bay High School, Bay Village, OH
• Andy Kenen, M.A., Electives Teacher, Kenston High School, OH
• Janet Myers, M.S. Communication Arts Department Chair, Joplin High School, Joplin, MO
• Pedro Mena, Visual Arts Teacher, Ring Mountain Day School, Marin County, CA
• David Young, Professional Musician, Cleveland, OH
• Jeremy Miller, Drummer, House of Blues School House band and Mifuné; Manager of Kaman’s Art Shoppes, Cleveland, OH

Additional Presenters include:

• Deforia Lane, Ph.D., Music Therapist, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
• Fernando Jones, Founder, Blues Kids of America, and Director, Blues Ensemble, Columbia College Chicago, IL
• Education and Curatorial Staff of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Performances by:
• Roots of American Music is an organization employing more than 30 musicians/educators who collectively have thousands of school performances to their credit.
• The Blues SchoolHouse Band assembled in 2004, is an ensemble whose purpose is to bring the music, history, and cultural impact of the blues to schools and communities through the International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF) in Cleveland.

MEDIA is welcome to attend the Institute.  Credentials must be obtained in advance in order to be admitted.  Please contact Reena Samaan at rsamaan@rockhall.org to request a pass and a schedule of events.

About Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Innovator, motivator, philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers 25 years ago with his legendary band Run-D.M.C.  It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.  From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first to appear on MTV, to the first to go gold and platinum, Run-D.M.C. impacted the world.  30 million record sales later, and six years after the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate.

His critically acclaimed 2006 single “Just like Me” featuring Sarah McLaughlin spoke to his new revelation of discovering he was adopted and began his journey down another life path, in search of his birth mother.  His struggle was captured in the 2007 Emmy Winning VH1 documentary DMC: My Adoption Journey, giving him tremendous insight and purpose and prompting him to become an advocate for adoption and children in foster care.  In between his work as a musician, published author and speaker, DMC co-founded the Felix Organization- a nonprofit that works with adoptees and foster children.  He’s received numerous awards for his many philanthropic endeavors and his many advocacies for the Arts and Education, including the Hard Rock’s 2007 Love All Serve All Award. Run-D.M.C. was recently inducted into the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information, visit http://www.me-dmc.com.
About the Summer Teacher Institute
The Summer Teacher Institute immerses participants in a week of multimedia presentations, hands-on workshops, and lectures featuring classroom-tested instructional methods of experienced educators.  The award-winning education staff of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum also shares resources, activities, and methods developed in the museum’s K-12 programs.  Participants will explore the history of rock and roll from its roots to its branches, examining blues, soul, punk, funk, hip-hop and more.  For more information visit http://www.rockhall.com/teacher/summer-teacher-institute.

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 and Saturdays, 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 or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.