WHAT ARE BLUES IN THE SCHOOL PROGRAMS?
Blues in the Schools Programs (BITS) are music education programs designed to create a deeper appreciation and greater awareness of blues music and its rich history. Over the years the BITS programs have expanded to include not only programs provided in a school setting, but all our programs conducted in the community at large. The venues have been as varied as the zoo, library, a baseball game, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, homes of stroke victims, churches, juvenile detention center, rural arts fair, and neighborhood parks.
IS THERE ANY COST TO THE SCHOOL OR VENUE REQUESTING THE BITS PROGRAMS?
No, there is no cost to the organization requesting the BITS.
HOW IS THE BITS PROGRAM PRESENTED?
BITS programs are presented by professional musicians through lecture, performances or artist residencies.
CAN I REQUEST A SPECIFIC BITS PROGRAM?
The Chair of the BITS program will work with the requesting organization to design a program that fits the goals of the organization with the talents of the musician who best fits the designed BITS.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A BITS PROGRAM?
- Provides education in one or more of the following: music; singing; culture; history; and/or writing.
- Teaches interaction and teamwork which creates self-esteem and self confidence
- Teaches discipline of the art form.
- Brings about cross cultural understanding.
- Helps to break down barriers between ethnic groups.
- Self awareness for young African-Americans in an art form unique to their culture.
HOW DO I REQUEST A BITS PROGRAM?
The Blues in the School Committee Chair’s contact information is listed here.