Over the Autumn term, Eagles class have become engrossed in their Migration topic. They have learned that as people have moved around the world, they have brought with them aspects of their home culture, including language, fashion and art.
The emergence of Blues music is an example of how migration has contributed to the creation of a new art. This genre of music originated in African-American communities in the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century. Blues developed from a fusion of traditional African music that incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.
The children really enjoyed their research project, in which they were put into pairs and given an iconic blues artist to investigate. They gave wonderful presentations in which they played us some musical examples gave a brief synopsis about the musicians’ life and career. The children really engaged with this project. They loved learning from each other about legendary artists such as
B.B King and Etta James.
Following on from this project, children have begun to learn the guitar in music lessons. The guitar was an integral part of the blues movement and continues to play a major role in modern blues, rock and pop music. Children are learning how to play notes and chords of the 12-bar blues and how to improvise over a chord progression in the style of a blues musician. We will also be writing our own blues songs. Let’s hope we can find something to complain about!