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Blues in the Schools

A program from the Smoky Mountain Blues Society, an affiliate of the Blues Foundation

Key to keeping the blues alive is inspiring the next generation to embrace blues music. Our Blues In The Schools program brings local blues musicians into schools to share the rich variety and history of blues music and to give young people the opportunity to play a bit of the blues themselves.

Students learn about the important role that the blues have played as a foundation for other genres of music. They also learn how the blues evolved in American history, notably in the South and branched out during migrations to form different regional styles of blues music from the Mississippi Delta, through Memphis, Kansas City, and on up to Chicago and in Detroit. Born out of tough times, created by people who were not treated as equal, blues music is a true American art form.

Read more about this robust program, participation encouraged for each Blues Foundation Affiliate:

Local musicians Doug Harris and Robert Higginbotham love sharing their knowledge of this unique American art form in a fun session. Sessions are typically organized for 30 to 40 students and lasts about an hour. Contact Marilyn Finley: or 973-903-8331 to schedule for your school or group.

Doug Harris and Robert Higginbotham