Boogie Blues – Introduction to the Blues

“Boogie Blues” – Yuk – Introduction to the Blues

Jim O’Donnell
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Methacton Elementary schools , Methacton Sch Dist.

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments

Level:

Elementary

Class:

Instrumental

Equipment:

Electric Piano , CD player, CD of “Boogie Blues”

Duration:

45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have completed one year of instrumental lessons. Most can play one octave of B flat major concert.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 

Materials:

CD player and a recording of “Boogie Blues” found in the “First Concert” band book by Bruce Pearson, Neil A Kkos Music Company

Objectives:

My students should be able to recognize the sound of a “blues type” of music and begin to “feel” the 12 bar blues progression.

Procedures:

I will explain the blues style of jazz and play the CD of “Boogie Blues”. Next I will explain the 12 bar blues progression using I, IV, V chords. This will involve explaining the make up of the basic triad chord. They will next begin working on the arrangement of “Boogie Blues”.

Evaluation:

Evaluate their knowledge or grasp of triad and the concept of progression by responding on a work sheet at next lesson.

Follow Up:

Explain the concept of improvisation. Have students memorize melody of “Boogie Blues” in preporation of changing this melody (improvisation).

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