Helping the Positive message of Blues Music live on
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LONG BEACH BLUES SOCIETY
Blues in the Schools is a key part of realizing the Long Beach Blues Society’s mission of raising awareness of Blues as an important American cultural and historic art form. Our programs are tailored to meet the specific educational and developmental needs of the students with whom we work.
There are two main Blues in the Schools programs. The first is a workshop for music students where professional Blues artists share oral history, speak about life as a professional musician, present live musical demonstrations, and perform with the students. These programs are typically presented in a classroom, supervised by a teacher, and last from between 40 to 90 minutes, depending upon the class schedule. The second program is for a general student population, presented in an auditorium or quad, and primarily involves a performance by professional musicians that may include pre-selected students.
Although California Common Core standards for the arts are still in development, older standards that are still in place are used by LBBS. These include developing an understanding of artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and exploring the connections, relationships, and applications of blues music with other art forms.
These standards are applicable across all grade levels, but our delivery is shaped to meet the needs of specific student populations. For example, our programs for elementary school students encourage them to hold and play with instruments, hear and share stories, brainstorm lyric ideas, and sing along to music performances.