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Delta Blues Museum Programs

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.

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Explore & Learn

The Delta Blues Museum website has a section designed to give a vivid, graphic overview of the essential facts of a blues master's life and musical highlights. Muddy Waters and Son House were our first "Explore & Learn" programs. Since then, we have added Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker plus Blues Migration and Exploration programs. We are always looking forward to additional Exlpore & Learn programs, so be sure to check back to see what's new. Scroll down to the Explore & Learn banner to follow these blues artists and blues trails.

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 museum 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. Click here to access the lesson plan area.

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Teacher Workshop - Great Migration - November 05, 2016

The Delta Blues Museum is pleased to offer a workshop on "The Great Migration" on Saturday, November 05, 2016 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Teachers of all subjects and grade levels are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to earn .7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The Registration is $25 - the workshop fee includes lunch, snacks and CEUs.
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Guitar & Drum Camp - June 20 to 24, 2016

The Delta Blues Museum will host its first annual Guitar and Drum Camp from June 20 - 24th, 2016. Students from ages 9 - 18 will focus on lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums - interested students should already have a basic knowledge of their instrument of choice. The camp will begin on June 20, 2016 and end with a public performance on June 24, 2016 on the Museum stage. The camp hours are 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon). Instructors include Walt Busby, John Holmes, Lee Williams and other special guests. Stop by or call the Museum to register.
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Teacher Workshop - Mississippi Blues Trail - July 28 to 30, 2015

The Delta Blues Museum and the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture will host a teacher workshop on the Mississippi Blues Trail on July 28 to 30, 2015. The 3-day workshop will be held at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and is open to teachers of all subjects and all grade levels. Registration is available June 20, 2015 to July 20, 2015. Early closure of registration may occur if attendee limits are met prior to July 20, 2015. Sessions will include discussions about the blues, how to incorporate the blues into classroom teaching, and resources available to teachers. Attendees will receive a bound copy of lesson plans created by the Mississippi Arts Commission for the Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum. While the teacher booklets are designed to complement the Mississippi Blues Trail, they also work as stand-alone pieces in any classroom. Upon completion of the 3-day workshop, teachers will receive 1.6 CEU credits. The workshop is free to attendees and offers an optional purchase for workshop lunches and reception.

DBM Band Featured in Documentary

The Delta Blues Museum Band is featured in the documentary, From the Crossroads to the White House on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) television network. The documentary television premiere aired July 14, 2015.
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2014 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award

The Delta Blues Museum is proud to announce we have been awarded the 2014 NAHYP Award for our youth eductional programs. The DBM Band performed at the White House and accepted the award presented by the First Lady during a ceremony on November 10, 2014.
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Delta Blues Museum Selected as Finalist for 2014 NAHYP Award

The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has been chosen for recognition as a 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP).
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Delta Blues Museum Selected as Finalist for 2013 NAHYP Award

The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has been chosen for recognition as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP)
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2013 IMLS National Medal Award

The Delta Blues Museum is the proud recipient of the 2013 IMLS National Medal Award the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
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Two Mississippi Teen Musicians Awarded Full Scholarships for Summer Study at Boston's Renowned Berklee College of Music

Boston, April 22, 2009 - PJ Walker, from Clarksdale, and Demetrius Williams, from Brookhaven, both 18, will spend five weeks this summer in Boston, studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music on full scholarships.
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MVSU Hosts B.B. King Workshop on June 5th - Delta Blues Museum Students to be Featured

The Mississippi Valley State University Ninth Annual B.B. King Blues workshop is scheduled for Friday, June 5th, beginning at 9:00 am.
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Mississippi Delta Blues - Blues Education

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It's 3 pm on a Monday at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss., and students are trickling in for the Delta Blues Arts and Education Program.
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1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820
Email: info@deltabluesmuseum.org