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Exploring the Blues (Resource)

By Bradley Shank

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(Book and CD pak)
Composed by Bradley Shank and Tom Anderson. ExpressiveArts. Classroom Resources, Elementary, History. Softcover with CD. 56 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music (HL.2500363).

Item Number: HL.2500363

ISBN 1575604655. 8.5x11 inches. Tom Anderson/Bradley Shank.

Here is a valuable all-in-one resource that will help you introduce your students to this great American art form. Originally developed for Music Alive magazine, each topic includes a reproducible student article, reproducible activity pages (including listening maps, worksheets and other enrichment ideas), and a detailed National Standards-based lesson plan. All musical examples are included on the enclosed CD. Topics include: Birth of the Blues (W.C. Handy), Early Blues Guitarists (Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson and others), Women and the Blues, Now and Then (“Ma” Rainey, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and others), The Blues Begin to Rock (Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and others), Blues Across America, and a special section on blues greats: Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. Available: Book/CD Pak (w/ reproducible pages).

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