Academic Projects

Please see the “news” category of this website for the latest!

June 2011

I just finished teaching another great quarter of “Women + Rock” at Portland State. All in all, my students were really engaged, and it was a very uplifting experience.

In two weeks, I’m flying with three other people who have been involved with Girls’ Rock Camps to give a presentation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I’ll be talking about using the histories of women in popular music to engage k-12 students. Here are the blurbs for the workshops we will be presenting:

Accentuate the Positive with Crystal White (Girls Rock!DC)

Why do girls participate and speak out more at rock camp than they do in school? In this workshop we will discuss how adults can create a positive environment that promotes girls’ self-esteem, engages girls to actively participate and promotes collaborative group work and growth. Learn how rock camp volunteers and staff successfully model listening and collaborative behavior.

Express Yourself! (and change the world in your classroom) with Michelle Rush (Girls Rock! DC)

Learn to engage your whole classroom, tap into students’ creativity, raise their self confidence, and empower them to stand up for themselves and others through art–while addressing the content standards!

Women who Rock: Inclusion and innovation in history and social studies classrooms with Sarah Dougher

Learning about girls and women who have participated in popular music traditions throughout the 20th century is an amazing way to integrate music into the history and social studies classrooms. Although girls (and boys) often have access to contemporary popular music where women abound, mainstream images of women and girls are often either over-sexualized or they present unrealistic and consumer-driven versions of “girl power.” By looking at the ways girls and women have made popular music in the past, students can learn how to recognize stereotypes, discuss historical realities for girls and women of other eras (including the ways that not only gender, but race and class play a role in these realities), and learn about trailblazing women who are traditionally left out of music histories, such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Wanda Jackson and ESG.

Hands On Learning Rock Camp Style with STS (Rock n Roll Camp For Girls, Portland, OR)

Life skills development workshops make Rock Camp more than just a music school.  Check out  teaching tools, techniques and rad learning ideas utilized at the Portland RnRC4G and beyond.  What works and doesn’t work in your classroom?  This workshop is a collaboration and skill share and culminates in a group drum lesson anyone can learn.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *