Rhythm and Blues Music Teacher Resources

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In this blues and jazz music worksheet, students read about the origins and basic concepts of blues and jazz music in 2 brief articles. Students then respond to 12 short answer questions regarding the music with its roots in slavery times.
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics background rhythms used in R&B. They perform typical R&B accompaniment patterns and develop their own horn section to play background rhythms.
Students explore power and the symbols of power in West African music. They discuss the music of West Africa and compare it to African American music of today. In addition, they investigate musical instruments of Africa, identify the characteristics of drumming and mud cloth, and study the art of narrative story-telling. Activities such as reviewing videos, dancing basic rhythm, and exploring the Mjiani Dance are listed.
Contemplate what music learners listen to and why they listen. Can they find poetry within music lyrics? Specifically hone in on blues lyrics and ruminate upon the social issues prevalent in the themes. Particular song lyrics coincide with poets like Langston Hughes and his writing "Weary Blues." Scholars then compose a poem themselves. Tie these activities into a social studies, art, or English class for cross-curricular emphasis.
When slavery took Africans from their land, they were separated from the rich musical and oral traditions native to each country and region. While working as slaves, Africans found they had two places where they could use these musical traditions freely:
Students examine the relationship between technological and social change. They discuss how blues became so popular because of the radio. They discuss how music can be used as a tool for cultural understanding.
This lengthy assignment was designed for English language learners. It includes a 1-page reading on the rapper, Jay-Z, and 10 activities/exercises that focus on listening and reading comprehension, speaking, vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and more. An answer key is provided for some of the exercises.
Oh I love the blues! Here is a wonderful four page reading passage that focuses on the Delta Blues. It covers topics such as, the music's cultural influences, origin, form, terminology, and significance. A great way to integrate informational text and music class.
Young scholars examine influence The Blues had on Rock and Roll and the concomitant social, political, and economic factors and movements during the post-World War II period. Students then research and create multimedia reports on teacher-approved bands, including timelines of bands' careers.
Young scholars read and analyze A Streetcar Named Desire. Group activities, web resources, and creative assignments are used to understand the analysis and context of this famous play.
Learners investigate the dramatic elements of a Streetcar Named Desire. In this drama lesson plan, students explore the theme of the Tennessee Williams play as they read the play and watch performances of some of the acts. Learners then write formal analyses of the play.
Students gain an appreciation for various types of music. Using the music of the past, they compare it with the music of today. In groups, they research periods in which blues and jazz were most popular and write their own piece of music to perform for the class.
Tenth graders recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. Students experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions.
Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling chord identification and improvisation, 10th graders learn that a certain pitch has both melodic and harmonic attributes.
Students perform improvisation. In this blues music lesson, students play chord tones within the blues twelve bar progression.  Students utilize new pitches given four or eight measures. 
Watching Great Performances’ Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago launches an investigation into and discussion of how the electric guitar and guitarists have changed the sound of the blues over time. An engaging way to explore the relationship between music and culture.
Students explore examples of this musical form, then write their own lyrics for a blues song.
Sixth graders listen to recordings and study jazz and the blues music. They identify the instrumentation and explore the 12-bar blues progression. After experimenting with different sound, 6th graders create their own arrangement, with lyrics.
Students are introduced to the various types of Blues music found in the United States. Using the internet, they research the music's origins and themes. They discuss how the blues has influenced the music and groups of today.
In this music worksheet, learners read about the origin of gospel music. Students answer ten essay questions related to their reading.

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