Aut b – Blues Music

In this unit students learn about the historical background and context of the Blues (this will link in with their Slavery project in History). They learn how to play a 12-Bar Blues and compose their own Blues song, adhering to the stylistic conventions and structure idiomatic to Blues music.

This unit also introduces musical terminology such as: degrees of the scale, traids, primary triads, melodic riffs, 12-bar progression, quadruple time, on and off beats and syncopation, back beat, swung rhythm,  walking bass line, rhythm section, front line section and improvising


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to perform a simple 12-Bar Blues and understand the historical importance of this genre. Students will also have an understanding of good rehearsal practice and basic manners for social music making, specifically respecting equipment.

Most students will: be able to develop their 12-Bar Blues composition, taking into account the stylistic conventions of the genre.  Students will perform confidently and with accuracy.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to further develop their 12-Bar Blues composition including a suitable structure which allows for an improvised solo.  Students will perform with confidence and accuracy.

How to help your child

Encourage students to join extra-curricular groups and encourage students to listen to other forms of music, especially blues and jazz, via the internet, radio, etc. Practice at home if students have access to a keyboard instrument.

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