Blues In The Schools
Our mission is to
deliver educational experiences for students of all ages with "The
Blues", the roots and heritage of modern American music, in an effort to
spark an interest in, and an appreciation for, all of the musical art
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is America's music, and young people especially, should know about the
musical heritage of America and of the Blues. Educating them on how
America's music has evolved and how the Blues forms the roots of today's
popular music is important to us. The recognition and exposure that Blues
music has recently received from advertising, and most recently from the
award winning movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" has led more people to
appreciate the sound, style, and art that defines the Blues.
the City of Chicago public schools introduced the "Blues in the Schools"
program which is still going strong more than two decades later and has
since spread all around the country and even around the world. In this
program professional blues musicians are invited into schools to conduct
classes on the history of the blues, famous blues musicians, different
styles of blues, and how to write, sing and perform the blues. The ABS is
proud to have such a program in place as well. In our program, local blues
musicians combined with a culturally diverse all volunteer staff comprised
of former educators, music professionals, and other with a genuine
interest in child development, are invited into schools to conduct
different programs tailored to specific age groups. While our program is
in its infancy and just now beginning to obtain the required financial
support required to put on these programs, we have been successful in
conducting these session to several grateful audiences in many of the
greater California School Systems.
feels it is beneficial to expose children whose musical experience may be
limited to just what they hear from older siblings or what they may see
and hear on commercial radio and TV to additional forms of traditional
music. We attempt to provide a small amount of the history behind the
blues, a small amount about how the Blues has evolved to the music of
today, a touch of music composition education all mixed together with a
whole lot of fun.
Nat Dove and
Mick Martin, Blues Artist, have
been very instrumental in the San Joaquin Central
Valley and Northern California areas
representing and promoting the BIS program and can be contacted
directly by clicking on their names to send email regarding
information about the Blues In Schools program.
Our Blues in the Schools program will be held at Chenoweth School,
Teresa Saldivar-Morse Principal.
If you are
interested in joining the fun and providing a
Tax Deductible Donation for financial
support for our program click on the link below. If you would like to
volunteer to participate in our presentations, arrange for one of our
events at your school or just to let us know what you think of our
efforts, please contact us via e-mail at
call our CVBF hotline at (209) 383-4958 . Your message will be passed on
to the appropriate BITS or CVBF representative who will be happy to answer
any questions about or discuss our programs with you.