For Teachers and Students
Blues Museum Educational Experiences
As our Museum content develops, we are developing curriculum aligned to Missouri and Illinois state content standards correlating to the Museum experience. This content will be suitable for use by teachers and parents to connect their students’ visits to companion lessons in American history, social studies, science and math – as well as music.
We love having school groups come to visit, and are more than happy to host tours and field trips all through the year!
During our guided tours, students and teachers learn how the blues has served as the backbone to several forms of popular music, including country, rap, hip hop and rock. Questions and discussion are strongly encouraged, and teachers can work with the museum ahead of time to craft a visit that is specially tailored to their audience. Please contact the Museum’s Education Coordinator, Kirk Zimmerman to take advantage of this opportunity.
Available Educational Resources
Evolution of the Blues Historical Timeline
Blues as African American History (courtesy of PBS.org)
American Roots Music, B. B. King oral history (courtesy of PBS.org)
HEC-TV and The National Blues Museum Present “HISTORY IN THE FIRST PERSON: MUSIC MOVED THE MOVEMENT: CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE BLUES”
Museum Director of Internal Affairs, Jacqueline Dace, explains in an interview with XQ: The Super School Project Bus Tour how and why the history of the Blues can be incorporated into classroom curriculum:
— XQ (@XQAmerica) May 26, 2016