School Shows

Yes Indeed!

Celebrating the Great American Blues Tradition

by JazzReach

Grades 5-8

Instill a greater appreciation, awareness, and understanding of the rich history of the blues in your students with this interactive program. Yes Indeed! demonstrates the blues’ roots in work songs, spirituals, hymns, field hollers, and chants of 19th-Century southern U.S. The blues is a distinct sound, but, essentially, it’s a creative expression for coping with hardships, persisting in the face of trouble, and prevailing over adversity. By discovering the blues as a distinct musical style, students will identify the blues as the core element of all indigenous American music, including R&B, funk, gospel, rock, and hip hop.

“My students were very impressed with the skill of the musicians and were very entertained.”

– 5th-6th grade teacher, Oak Manor Elementary School

Common Core Content Standards Easily Applied in Your Classroom

  • 5.RL.7: Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
  • 7.RI.3: Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
  • 8.RI.7: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

Lesson Plan Idea

Students research and assume the identity of a key musician in the history of the Blues for a monologue prepared for the class and discuss that musician’s contribution to music.


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Event Information

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
60 minutes

LBC performance may vary.

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Please select the desired date and time options for your docent-led tour through our Sculpture Garden to view the work of Bruce Johnson’s “Root 101” exhibit when you place your School Show order.  Tours may accommodate up to 100 people, take approximately 20 minutes, and begin 15 minutes after school shows end. We will confirm your tour reservation based on scheduling and availability. Use our online application, printed order application, or contact Chrystie Prokopakis by email or phone at 707.800.7504.