Grant Spotlight

The Blues

The Blues grant at Weber brings an interdisciplinary study of African-American history to life for all 8th-grade students. Their study of The Blues includes art, music, poetry, and social studies, as students learn about the unique musical genre that developed as a result of migration and the poor conditions of African-Americans in the Deep South at the end of the 19th Century. Students read poetry, listen to relevant musical examples, and ultimately learn how to compose their own lyrics following a simple Blues format. The program culminates with an extended workshop and performance with NY Blues Hall-of-Fame master artist Little Toby Walker, who performs with the students as they write and present their own original songs.