The Blues Project at Ben franklin Middle school
Every year during Black History Month, I take the first few minutes of my 8th grade US History classes to study the blues with my students. We listen to a different song each day and see what it can teach us about the plight of African Americans. Students listen, research, and analyze this music to get a more complete picture of what it meant to be black in the United States. Some students choose to extend their experience by staying after school to play the songs we've been studying and perform with our Blues Project band. At the completion of our unit in early March, with the help of students, staff, and some professionals, we perform the songs we've been studying and share what we've learned with the community. Look around the website, check out some of the highlights from past years, and be sure to check the tour page to find out the next time Valparaiso's Blues Project will be playing near you!
For questions or more information about the Blues Project, please contact Scott Cvelbar at: firstname.lastname@example.org