BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS
The Blues is an important part of America's heritage. With roots going back to the multi-cultural Deep South centuries ago, the Blues became the foundation for many musical art forms that we have today. The Blues Society of the Ozarks sponsors initiatives to educate young people via our Blues in the Schools program.
As an affiliate of the National Blues Foundation, our mission is to preserve and educate people of all ages about blues music. Blues music is a part of America’s heritage and is the foundation for most of the popular music forms in American music today. Blues Societies nationwide provide this service to students across the country.
Goals of our BITS program include:
> Learn the connection between the Blues and other music styles
> Understand and recognize rhythm and how to keep a beat
> Discover how instruments make the sounds they do
> Find rhythms, metaphors or similes in a song
> Learn how music styles can change based on geography and instrument
If you're interested in bringing BITS to your school, please let us know by sending a message from the CONTACT US page.
As always, it was an honor to partner with Blues Society Of The Ozarks to raffle off this beautiful guitar to the equally-beautiful Pattie Hays! Congratulations!
Much gratitude to Springfield Music and Fender Guitars for donating the beautiful Telecaster for the Blues in the Schools fundraiser this year! All the proceeds go to the successful on going BITS program that George Hunt and Bob Bledsoe conduct in Public Schools but also at the Division of Youth Services and other youth facilities. Its amazing to think that over 600 kids have received a harmonica within the last year have learned how to play it, learned 12 bar blues, history of blues music and written songs.Thanks to all who bought tickets this year!