Blues In The Schools
TEACHING BLUES MUSIC
LEARNING LIFE SKILLS
If the kid in you remembers the first spark that lit up your learning, remembers the teacher that took extra time to encourage you, in fact— if you can recall the WAY you found to express yourself as an individual—then you know how much that shaped the person you became.
The BITS Program is multi-faceted according to the particular need. It can be a six week after school program culminating in a Blues Showcase in a local club . It can be a single presentation for students at a civic location like the Crocker Museum. It can be a Songwriting Competition in county-run schools that serve incarcerated youth, teens on probation and/or students expelled from their home districts—clearly youth at risk who need a positive force in their lives.
Working with a consistent volunteer committee since 2004, BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS is the mission based program of the Sacramento Blues Society (SBS). BITS is a major reason that the SBS was tapped for the 2014 “Keeping the Blues Alive” Award by The Blues Foundation, the international organization based in Memphis, Tennessee.
BITS has years of success stories via school year programs where many music professionals including Capitol Public Radio’s Mick Martin, nationally known recording artist Jackie Greene, young charismatic blues star Kyle Rowland, producer/songwriter/guitarist Paris Clayton and singer/mentor Lisa Phenix come into the schools to perform and teach.
Our programs are the core of Blues in the Schools and range from a small class room lecture to our after-school program where students work with proffessional music teachers to form not just bands, but confidence, ablity, and esteem.