American Blues Music

Students will learn about the elements of American Blues music, and its origins, influences and history through story and song with CultureALL Ambassador Frank Strong.

Workshop Description

Frank Strong, Jr. has been playing Blues music his entire life, ever since learning at a young age that Blues has its roots here in America and was created by African Americans as a way for them to express themselves through music. Frank’s workshops focus on both the history of Blues and the music itself. Not only does he perform, but he also shares vital yet unknown historical and societal aspects of Blues music and its place in American life. In his live performances, Frank sings Blues tunes and plays both the guitar and harmonica, exposing school children to Blues music from Delta, Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago. As a blind man, Frank understands what it’s like to be left on the fringes of “typical” American life, and believes music has the unique ability to express emotion and communicate with others in a sublime and powerful way.

In this workshop, Frank uses Blues music to convey emotions and share a special musical relationship with others. Students will compare different musical styles and learn the fundamentals and geography of the Blues. They will get a chance to try some instruments for themselves, and even create their own Blues song.

Workshop Details:

Ambassador Frank Strong
Region/Culture North America - Americana
Subject(s) Social Studies, History, Music
Participants 25 max
Standard Length 45 min