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Explore and Learn

The Delta Blues Museum web site has a new section designed to give a vivid, graphic overview of the essential facts of a blues master's life and musical highlights. We are currently featuring Muddy Waters and Son House. Click on the link above to "Explore and Learn."

Blues Classes

The purpose of the Delta Blues Museum’s Arts and Education Program is to continue the great musical tradition born in the Mississippi Delta: the Delta blues. The Arts and Education program teaches students to play music and keeps the history of the Delta blues alive. Students are taught to play the blues on the instrument or instruments of their choice. Instruments – drums, guitars, and keyboards – are provided by the museum for use in the classroom and authorized performances. However, we encourage students to purchase their own instruments.

Instructors utilize the oral tradition, recorded music, video, instruction books, and handouts to educate the students in a classroom environment. The students progress from learning the basics of playing music to working together as a band.


Special Events

The Delta Blues Museum sponsors special educational programs and workshops in conjunction with local festivals and events. In the past, these have included sessions such as piano workshops with Henry Gray; harmonica workshops with Geneva Red; and oral history conversations with David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Charlie Musselwhite, and others. Check the calendar for these special programs.


Traveling Trunk / Teacher Lesson Plans

To access the lesson plans, which can be adapted to various grade levels, you must first register. If you have already registered, please enter your email address and password.
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To have the Traveling Trunk, an interdisciplinary and interactive educational supplement that includes a map of the railroad form New Orleans to Chicago, a guitar, a diddley bo, exhibit panels, and more, visit your classroom, please contact Lee Pharr, lee@deltabluesmuseum.org.


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