Year 9 have been learning about the role that blues, jazz and ragtime music have played in the development of modern day pop music. The pupils have researched how blues music has its roots in the American slavery system. We have seen how the songs were seen as a reaction to the conditions that slaves were forced to suffer.
Our theory has also included plenty of practical work. Year 9 have been learning how to play the 12 Bar Blues and Summertime from Porgy and Bess on the Lansdowne keyboards. Miss Shelton has explained how important improvisation is for blues and jazz music.
We then asked each class member to select a musician, and then to research their life story. We wanted the connection to be made between the day to day lives and how blues and jazz music can be seen as a release. Each pupil has put together a detailed PowerPoint presentation featuring their chosen artist.