Middle School Composing 4 12 Bar Blues

In this lesson you will

  • learn about the history of the blues
  • learn about the chords,  melodies, instruments, form used in the blues
  • write your own 12 bar blues song

Objectives

  • I can explain where and when the blues first appeared
  • I can tell about the musical style of the blues
  • I can write my own 12 bar blues song

Teaching Procedure

1 Watch a Video About the Blues

Watch a Video About the Blues

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2 Listen to "The Homework Blues"

Listen to "The Homework Blues"

Notice the a a b form of the lyrics.

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3 Write your own lyrics in a a b form.

Write your own blues song!

Write your own lyrics (words) in a a b form using the melody and the rhythms of Homework Blues.

4 Listen to the Accompaniment Track for Lay Around Blues

Listen to the Accompaniment Track for Lay Around Blues.

Sing your lyrics with the track.

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5 Optional Assessment

Optional Assessment

Download and print the worksheet.

If you don't have a printer, write the answers to the questions on a piece of paper.

6 Optional: Learn More about the Blues

Optional: Learn More about the Blues

7 Music is Literacy

Parents, Teachers and Administration:

Music education is important for children.

Whether in class or at home, keep our children singing, playing, moving, listening and creating music!