I created this PowerPoint presentation about "Blues Music: The roots of 20th century American Popular Music" for my 8th grade general music class.
This presentation gives bullet points about the history, characteristics, popular artists, and listening examples of blues music.
The categories include:
The origin of the blues from the Mississippi Delta
Country blues (Keb' Ma' playing in the country blues style)
Classic blues (Mammie Smith)
Urban Blues (Muddy Waters)
Rock'n' Roll (Stevie Ray Vaughn)
Modern Blues (John Mayer)
The final slide includes a reflection question for the students to answer in their journals.