How Blue Can You Get?

by Christina
In music class, 6th graders are starting a deep dive into Blues music for winter term. A style of music first created by Black musicians in the Mississippi Delta, Blues music became a cornerstone of popular music in the United States. Men like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and BB King as well as women like Elizabeth Cotton, Ma Rainey, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, paved the way for countless musicians to learn from and follow. As beginning guitar players, the 6th graders are learning about foundational chord progressions and song structures through playing 12-Bar Blues, and will be creating their own Blues songs in class. Read the presentation below to learn more about the history of Blues music in the United States. 

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