Lenihan Intermediate School vocal music teacher Sara McCue attended a workshop with the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation at New York University.
The workshop was held July 17-20 and featured teachers from all over the country who came together to talk about school curriculum the foundation has provided, offer input on an upcoming “Soundtracks” show for CNN and hear from various speakers including teachers and those representing the music industry.
“I plan to incorporate even more lessons from TeachRock (curriculum) into my classroom, and I am hopeful to pursue the creation of a Sonic Highways video, which is something that will be a student led look into the history of music and musicians in Marshalltown,” McCue said. “I also would love to see more Marshalltown teachers taking a look into this curriculum.”
McCue also took part in a walking tour of Greenwich Village led by actress Maureen Van Zandt and also talked with Maureen’s husband, Steven Van Zandt, the founder of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. He is a member of the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and was an actor on “The Sopranos.”
“He expressed his passion for education and using rock and roll to engage students and keep them in school,” McCue said. “I was able to talk with him about ways to get artists into classrooms to teach students directly.”