ROCK ASYLUM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCED,
FIRST EDUCATIONAL SONG, VIDEO RELEASED
Putting the Edge in Education
New York, NY – May 7, 2012 – Rock Asylum Foundation proudly announced today the official release of its first original song and video for “Scientific Method”. Dedicated to bringing creative and engaging methods of education into the halls of the public school system, Rock Asylum Foundation seeks to create unique learning experiences for elementary age students through the medium of music.
Rock Asylum is the brain child of ZO2 lead singer and TV personality, Paul Zablidowsky. Along with his band mates, Paul started Rock Asylum as a series of concert fundraisers to donate educational concerts to New York-area elementary schools. In 2011, ZO2 and a long list of their music industry friends, including Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and Lance Bass of N’Sync, began the process of creating a full nonprofit to use music as way to teach the Common Core Standards.
“As a former public school teacher, I feel passionate about the need to connect education and inspiration in our schools, and I’ve witnessed the magic that happens when learning is combined with music. It’s my mission, and the mission of this program, to write songs creating a truly original catalogue of music, targeting academic curricula and social issues that many students in today’s educational atmosphere find challenging, combining education and entertainment in a way that speaks to children.” – Paul Zablidowsky
Rock Asylum Foundation’s goal is to dynamically enhance elementary school students’ academic curricula by writing and recording original songs to comprise a vast and diverse musical catalogue, covering several targeted lessons and topics to distribute to schools via CD or digital download.
Rock Asylum targets progressive or struggling schools in the New York/Tri-State area and donates concerts to these schools. ZO2 performs these academically directed songs live, alongside other contemporary well-known pop songs, linking what they already know to what they will learn. They plan to roll this out on a national scale in the near future. The first song created specifically for Rock Asylum, “Scientific Method,” is about the six scientific steps to proving a hypothesis.
”Through working with younger children over the last decade I noticed students lacked inspiration and motivation in regard to their schoolwork. They struggled to remember what they were taught in their classrooms, yet they had no problems remembering the lyrics to their favorite songs,” said Paulie Z. “Music, when utilized properly, can be a powerful tool to unlock the potential to do well in all subjects.”
Future plans include developing after school programs where the students will be able to write their own original Rock Asylum songs, linking personal responsibility for their own education to out-of-the-box creativity, and thereby tapping into their own inner Rock Star.
The benefit concert, Rock Asylum: Concert for the Kids, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, NYC. ZO2 will perform “Scientific Method” and other songs geared toward children 12 and under. This is a family event that is appropriate for all ages. For tickets, visit http://rockasylum.org/events/.
Their second bi-annual fundraising event will take place on October 12 at NYC’s Webster Hall, where Rock Asylum Foundation will honor rock and roll legend, and Honorary Board Member, Dee Snider, along with Rock Asylum’s Educator of the Year, Principal Lisa Fernandez.
On April 27, Rock Asylum creator and founder, Paul Zablidowsky was honored as the New Yorker of the Week on NY 1 News, a Time Warner Cable station, with a video segment about him and Rock Asylum. He was nominated by the fifth-graders at P.S. 119 in Brooklyn, who helped create the “Scientific Method” music video. P.S. 119 has served as the pilot school for Rock Asylum’s programs.
ZO2 is a Brooklyn, NY-based power rock trio featuring brothers Paulie Z and David Z along with close friend Joey Cassata. They have toured with KISS, Poison, Twisted Sister, Stone Temple Pilots and Alice Cooper. By day, they double as children’s entertainers through their other band, the Z Brothers.
To learn more about Rock Asylum Foundation, visit www.rockasylum.org