The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


 Exclusive film screening of the Rolling Stones documentary, “Crossfire Hurricane” 

 CLEVELAND (June 28, 2013) - School’s out for summer, but teachers from across the country and around the world will be heading back to class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual Summer Teacher Institute to be held from July 8 to July 12, 2013 at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.  Registration costs $300 for the weekly program as well as Museum admission and materials for the week, including a comprehensive Resource Guide.  Interested teachers can register online at Spaces are still available.

 The Institute brings together K-12 and post-secondary educators, arts education specialists, historians, curriculum designers, and musicians to learn how to use rock and roll and popular music to teach across the core-curriculum and beyond, energizing their classroom with music that speaks to today’s students.

 “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 Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock Hall.  “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.”

 Making use of the Rock Hall’s resources, the Institute will provide a forum for cutting-edge discussions about integrating popular music into the interdisciplinary classroom – including curriculum models from the Museum’s successful on-site Rockin’ the Schools and distance learning-based On the Road programs, as well as the Rock Hall’s new online program, Voice Your Choice,.  Through the study of these models, teachers will identify ways to use music to deepen their own students’ engagement with language arts, social studies, music, technology and beyond. Rock Hall Educators will also present daily Rock 101 lectures – an intensive course on the history of rock and roll, from its roots through the 21st century.

 This year’s Summer Teacher Institute features the following special programs:

 ·       Special screening of the Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment, on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. in the Museum's Foster Theater. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film features historical footage -- much of it widely unseen -- and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as rare interviews with Brian Jones.  The films also includes period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive footage. This event is open to the public and FREE with a reservation.  Visit or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Tickets are now  available to Rock Hall Members as of Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Monday, July 1 at 10 a.m. EST.   

 ·       Workshops at the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives – the most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll. The Library and Archives, located on the Metro Campus of Cuyahoga Community College, boasts over 200 archival collections, including the personal papers of performers, radio disc jockeys, photographers, journalists, critics, historians, poster artists, collectors, and fans, in addition to a growing library collection that includes thousands of books, sound recordings, and video recordings. Librarians and archivists will conduct workshops for teachers to deepen their own understanding of popular music scholarship and to learn how to effectively use these tools and sources in their K-12 teaching.

 ·       Workshop sessions led by experienced educators from around the country—many of whom are Summer Teacher Institute alumni—on how to use rock and roll in the classroom. In these sessions, teachers can discuss the connections between music and memory, explore themes of rebellion in both literature and rock and roll, learn key strategies to aligning rock history with common core learning standards, and even get moving as they learn how to use rock and roll to encourage physical activity in the classroom.

 ·       An inside look at the Museum’s new exhibit, Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, led by the curators and educators who worked on the exhibit.

 Dr. Debby Thomas, a special education teacher from Pooler, GA said of a past Institute, “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.”  Margee Bailey, a 7th grade English teacher from Portland, OR added, “It was hands-down the best professional development I have ever participated in. Everything ran smoothly, showed planning and attention to detail, and was packed full of classroom-friendly, engaging information and material - in short, exactly what this teacher was looking for.”

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

About Crossfire Hurricane

Directed by Brett Morgen, Crossfire Hurricane provides a remarkable new perspective on the Rolling Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60’s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candor, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas.

With never-before-seen footage and fresh insights from the band themselves, the film will delight, shock and amaze longtime devotees, as well as a new generation of fans, with its uniquely immersive style and tone. Crossfire Hurricane places the viewer right on the frontline of the band’s most legendary escapades.

As befits the first rock band to reach the 50-year milestone with their global stature now greater than ever, the film combines extensive historical footage, much of it widely unseen, with contemporary commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archives give the production a truly kinetic aura and no-holds-barred approach.

Crossfire Hurricane received its worldwide premiere at the London Film Festival in October, where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood all hit the red carpet to the delight of fans and media from all around the world. The film received a similar premiere in the U.S. the following month, hosted by HBO at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

Asked in a formative interview in the film what it is that sets them apart from other groups, Jagger says with quiet understatement: “A chemical reaction seems to have happened.” Keith Richards added, “You can't really stop the Rolling Stones, you know when that sort of avalanche is facing you, you just get out of the way.” It’s been happening ever since, and the life and times of the Rolling Stones have never been as electrifyingly portrayed as they are in Crossfire Hurricane.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. 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 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 activities.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), 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 (7625) or visit  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.