Steven Van Zandt

Steven Van Zandt, also known as Little Steven is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, and activist. He is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin.  His songs have been performed by top artists, he has produced dozens of albums, live events, and radio shows.  He co-starred in all seven seasons of the Sopranos.  Little Steven is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on contemporary and traditional rock and roll.

Little Steven has championed educator causes for years and recently walked the strike line for UTLA.  He formed Artists United Against Apartheid and wrote the chart topper “Sun City” a song protesting the Apartheid system in South Africa.  He has been recognized and honored world-wide over four decades for his social justice contributions and support for indigenous peoples.

He is the Founder of TeachRock which is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students. Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock project brings rich, multimedia educational materials to teachers and students everywhere–at no cost. The lesson plan collections and resources at help teachers engage students by connecting the history of popular music to classroom work across the disciplines. From social studies and language arts to geography, media studies, science, general music, and more: TeachRock has engaging and meaningful arts integration materials for every classroom.  TeachRock has been featured on PBS and HBO series and recognized by dozens of institutions across the country for its benefits to educators and students.



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