Have your students compose and perform their own 12 Bar Blues Songs! UPDATED! There are two versions of the 12 bar blues songwriting worksheets and included two versions of the 12 Bar Blues Visual. This worksheet is color coded for Boomwackers and accompanies the 12 Bar Blues Form Visual/Worksheet available in my store, Suzabella's Symphony.
Here is the teaching sequence for a Blues Unit:
1. Have students experience the 12 Bar Blues pattern by first introducing the solfege and then playing it on Boomwackers and/or Orff Instruments.
2. Have students listen to 12 Bar Blues examples, such as "Joe Turner's Blues," and identify that the lyrics are in AAB form.
3. Discuss the history and origin of The 12 Bar Blues.
4. Pull AAB lyrics from one of the Blues songs you listened to and have them sing and play on Boomwackers and/or Orff Instruments.
5. Have students write their own AAB lyrics after modeling an example. Students will sing their completed song while the class plays the 12 Bar Blues on Boomwackers and/or Orff instruments.
6. Create a display in the hallway and showcase the students' songwriting.
This would be a great unit for Black History Month.