Learning the Blues
Students take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee in their study of the blues, its characterisitics, founding fathers, and histororical influence on modern music. They compose blues lyrics that reflect present-day attitudes and concerns.
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Social Studies, Music, The Blues, Urbanization, and Technology
Enable students to use the blues to explore urbanization, technology, and their effects on everyday life in the 20th century. Musicians were among the large number of people who, between 1914 and 1945, participated in the Great Migration...
4th - 9th Social Studies & History
Art Alive! - Beach at Blue Point
And then what happened? Class members engage in a series of activities that model for them how to read the story in a painting. Participants respond to questions that ask them to closely examine the elements in William Glackens' "Beach...
1st - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Acoustic Rhythm Guitar Lesson How to Play the Blues
Take a look at the new blues star...you! Use the twelve-bar blues to learn a quick blues rift. The video is broken down into step-by-step instructions, however, it might be beneficial to pause at certain points to give yourself a little...
8 mins 5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago - Chicago Blues
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...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The South, the North and the Great Migration: Blues and Literature
Here is a complex activity that interweaves the history of the Jim Crow South and the Great Migration with the study of poetry, art, and blues music from the Harlem Renaissance. This plan helps young historians develop a deep...
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Blue Water: Telling a Story or Baffling?
Some art can be difficult to interpret. Critical thinkers analyze the forms, techniques, purpose, and meaning found in the abstract piece, Blue Water. They engage in small group discussions in order to form a hypothesis as to the nature...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts