Museum’s approach to teaching Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade is obtaining national acclaim

CLEVELAND - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s distance learning program On the Road has received the national Teacher’s Choice Award for the Best Content Provider in the Fine Arts Museums and Organizations category. This program is made possible through generous support from the John P. Murphy Foundation and National City Bank.

For the third year in a row, the Rock Hall has received a Teacher’s Choice Award for its distance learning program which is quickly becoming the most well-known of its kind in the nation. The award is sponsored by Polycom, an interactive videoconferencing technology company.

This honor comes at a time when the Museum’s educational programming is experiencing an unprecedented growth in attendance, awards from respected institutions and increased interest from media outlets across the country and around the world including CBS’ The Early Show, NBC’s The Today Show, the Associated Press, Boston Globe and the Jakarta Post (Indonesia’s largest English language newspaper).

“The Rock Hall is an established music hub, but we have a long-term vision to use technology to provide our unique music based education programs to classrooms around the world,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are thrilled to receive this exceptional acknowledgement of our work from teachers across the country. Music is an art form that merits serious study and speaks to students in a powerful way. It has the ability to deepen engagement with core subjects including language arts, history, social studies and technology.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is at the forefront of bringing popular culture into the classroom and utilizing it to shed light on the music that changed the world. The Museum’s state-of-the-art interactive videoconferencing technology allows it to offer incredible 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.

Using a high-tech, fully interactive videoconferencing system, the Museum’s On the Road distance learning program has reached more than 10,000 students and teachers in more than 28 states, Mexico, Canada, England and Australia. Last year, the Museum won an Honorable Mention in the Best Content Provider category and in 2005, it won an award for Best New Content Provider.

“The Rock Hall’s distance learning program touches upon key areas of interest to our foundation,” said Nancy McCann, president of the John P. Murphy Foundation. “It’s a groundbreaking program that has respected educators around the country buzzing. Music and technology are integral parts of the current generation’s daily life and using them to encourage renewed interest in core subjects is remarkable.”

On the Road makes use of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s extensive educational resources in order to increase students’ knowledge of the history, the people, and the sounds of popular music. These programs promote interdisciplinary study and creative, analytical thinking - all without leaving the classroom. The classes are developed and conducted by the Museum’s education department and include exclusive interview clips with key figures in the history of popular music, behind-the-scenes commentary with Museum curators, audio and video clips of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, and more. On the Road classes, as well as pre- and post-connection materials, meet Ohio and National education standards in disciplines such as music, language arts, social studies, and technology.

Class offerings include:

  • From Ambassador to the Orchestra: The Arranger in Rock and Roll
  • Great Moments in Rock and Roll: Popular Music Through the Decades
  • Hip-Hop Technology: From Turntables to Computers
  • Rock and Roll Reactions: Records, Radios and the Birth of Teenage Culture in 1950s America
  • Ball of Confusion: Rock Music and Social Change in the 60s and 70s

For more details about the Rock Hall’s educational programs, 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