For Educators


This website was created by the Progeria Research Foundation primarily for band directors, teachers, and educators. The Keep Moving Forward arrangement by Mark Miller is a powerful and heartwarming piece of music that offers educators a unique opportunity to engage students in learning. This page will provide the materials you need as a teacher to support an educational program or event for your school surrounding a a performance of Keep Moving Forward and the viewing of the video links provided on this website.

Educational Discussion Guide - Keep Moving Forward

The music in Keep Moving Forward provides the opportunity for teachers to educate students about empathy and relationships, problem solving, and science and technology.  This guide offers some background about the music and Sam Berns, and provides suggested discussion questions.

How Educators Can Use This Site

Band directors, teachers, and educators can leverage the material on this website in many different ways to create an education program that is right for their students.  We offer the following suggestions on "levels of involvement" on how you might approach the material on this website.

Level 1: Perform Keep Moving Forward
Download the sheet music and score for Keep Moving Forward – it’s available for your band for free on this website. Keep Moving Forward is a fun and interesting piece to perform all by itself. Of course, if you get to know Sam Berns, your students will appreciate a much deeper meaning of the arrangement and performance structure.

Level 2: Get To Know Sam Berns
The Get To Know Sam Berns section of this website offers your students the chance to meet Sam Berns, hear his inspiring message and philosophy for a happy life, and learn more about Progeria and our search for the cure. Perfect for the classroom as a primer for Progeria education for simple awareness, inspiration for musicians, or even detailed scientific discussion.

Level 3: Progeria Education
This section of the website (the page you are on right now) offers educational material and links to resources that can be used to build a Progeria educational curriculum for your classroom. Coupled with the Sam Berns videos and a performance of Keep Moving Forward (or even just a screening of the Foxborough High School premeire performance) this is a unique opportunity to present an engaging and memorable learning experience or event for your students and community.

Level 4: Get Involved – Help Us Find the Cure
All of the material and information on this website are provided free of charge and with the hopes that they can enrich the education of your students. We encourage educators who use this material to leverage music and educational events to help us find a cure for Progeria. Consider a Progeria fundraiser at your school to benefit the Progeria Research Foundation.

Progeria Educational Material

The Progeria Research Foundation website offers plenty of educational material about Progeria, the science behind Progeria, medical research, and our search for the cure.  Please visit the Progeria Research Foundation website at and browse the material there to access all of the resources we have developed.  Here are a few of the most important links:

Progeria Basics

Progeria Science and Medical Research