• The Blues at Grant

    2011 Blues in the Schools at Grant and West Blvd.   

    Media coverage of the Blues in the Schools at Grant, West Blvd., and BCNB Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival:

    Even kids get the blues for Roots fest
    Saturday, September 3, 2011, Catherine Martin

    Nothing sad about the blues at West Boulevard Elementary with T.J. Wheeler
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010,  Jessica Krampe

    Bluesman T.J. Wheeler teaches elementary students history, musical discovery
    Monday, October 3, 2011, Di Zhu   (NOTE MENTION OF MAC and NEA)

    A great, big, huge thanks goes to the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment of the Arts…

    MAC funded Grant and West Blvd.  Elementary Schools’  2011 week long blues residencies with partial funding by National Endowment of the Arts.  The blues musician/historian/educator, Tj Wheeler is our resident artist.  This is the second year MAC has funded Grant’ residency and Grant’s fifth year hosting a blues residency.  Actually, thanks to all the state and federal legislators who support the arts in Missouri.  Let them know how important you think the arts are in your children’s education and to the arts efforts in Missouri.  

    2010 Blues in the Schools at Grant

    Watch the video to see some of the things our target class, Mrs. Schenker’s 4th grade did with Tj Wheeler.

    Media coverage on the blues residency program:

    T.J. Wheeler Plays at Grant (Check out the video here)

    About the blues residency…Tj Wheeler works with a target performing group and a target 4th grade class. The class writes poetry and sets their personal poems to music created in collaboration with the artist.  The performing groups in 2011 created programs with the themes “We Are One!” and The Roots of the Blues and performed at the BCNB Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival.  Integrated in all the work with students are lessons about musical elements, performing, the history of the blues, the value of music in one’s life.  Mr. Wheeler also meets with other groups and applies the blues to grade level curriculum. 

    The following songs were composed during our week long blues residencies with TJ Wheeler.

    2007  You’ve-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it
    2008  Grant School Rules Green
    2009   Ain’t Nothing Like Losin’ Your Cookies
    2010  Grant Gets the Job Done, Happy 100th Birthday
    2011   We Do Blue, Do You?