The Blues in the Schools program was established in 2007 as an outreach to the community and as a gift to the kids at Grant Elementary School. The Roots N Blues Foundation has worked to expand Blues in the Schools and is currently providing the program to schools all over the mid-Missouri area. Our goal is to expand the program across the state of Missouri.
To be announced…we are in the process of putting together a fantastic program! Check this space for the line up as we get closer to fall!
The power of Blues in the Schools is indisputable. It’s not only essential in creating young Blues enthusiasts, but in building character, pride in heritage, compassion, empathy, communication skills, conflict resolution and the importance of channeling one’s inner Blues in positive, creative outlet that makes one stronger from life’s challenges.
- TJ Wheeler, Blues musician, historian, and educator
Music has always been used to pass tradition and history from one generation to another. Blues history is the history of our nation. Through the Blues students learn about pride, slavery, freedom, civil rights and the movement of America toward a more profound democracy.
- Dr. Chris Belcher, former Columbia Public Schools superintendent
The Blues in the Schools program has enriched the musical and social learning of the children at Grant Elementary School.
- Bev Borduin, former principal at Grant Elementary
Singing with TJ was great because it was fun to learn from someone who was an expert in the blues. I thought it was really cool that we got to write our own songs together and not just sing from a book. Writing, performing and recording our own songs made me feel like a professional!
- Henry, student at Grant Elementary