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






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


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 


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


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


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”.


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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