Blues Music Education
for Children and Adults
Help your child learn about the history of blues, and how to play blues music with the Blues In The Schools program. You'll also be able to find out the answers to the most common questions about blues music.
There are many benefits to learning about blues music:
Blues is a root music which is not too difficult to learn. It's a great way for a novice musician to get started playing.
Learning about blues music will help increase your knowledge and enjoyment of blues and the other music genres it has influenced.
Learning about blues music history will help with understanding and appreciating African American history, culture, and experience.
Below are some important articles to help you in your blues journey:
The Blues in the Schools program has been bringing a little history, a little music, and a lot of inspiration to Tri-state area students for more than twenty years. The Society’s educational program, known as BITS for short, has two areas of focus:
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If you’ve ever wondered who influenced the greatest classic rock artists, keep reading. In this article, you’ll learn how classic rock was heavily influenced by blues music. We’ll examine the music of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny
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If you’ve ever wondered who influenced the greatest classic rock artists, keep reading. In this article, you’ll learn how classic rock was heavily influenced by blues music. In this article, we’ll examine the music of Eric Clapton and connect it back to its
If you’re a fan of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, or his electrifying performance of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” on MTV Unplugged, this article is for you. Kurt Cobain was best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the alternative rock band,
Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the most amazing and revered blues rock artists in recent memory, and has influenced an entire generation of blues fans and guitarists. This article covers the blues artists and songs that influenced him. Stevie Ray Vaughan was
Gregg Allman was exposed to music through Jimmy Banes, a mentally handicapped neighbor of his grandmother, who introduced him to the guitar. He got a paper route to earn money to buy a Sears Silvertone guitar, which both he and his brother Duane
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Johnny Winter, born in Beaumont, Texas, had a musician father who nurtured his musical talents. Johnny, as well as his brother Edgar, were performing as early as age 10.As a child, Winter dreamed of playing with the blues guitarist Muddy Waters. His first recording,
Jimmy Page Inspired by Leadbelly and Chicago Blues Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was first inspired by Lonnie Donnegan’s skiffle hit “Rock Island Line” to pick up guitar. “Rock Island Line” was originally recorded by the American folk and blues singer, Leadbelly. Page
Muddy Waters Record Gives Rise to the Rolling Stones Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were already fans of Chicago blues music, when they ran into each other on a train. They each noticed the other was carrying a Muddy Waters record, and