Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago - Chicago Blues

Grades: 9-12

ERIC CLAPTON CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL CHICAGO brings together guitar legends from blues, country, rock, and pop music in the blues capital, Chicago, in a salute to this American musical tradition.

Time Allotment:
Approximately two 45-minute class periods

Subject Matter:
Music, History, and Language Arts


Students will:

1. Brainstorm as a group and record what they know about blues music.

2. Research information about the blues and its origins.

3. View excerpts of various blues performances and compare and contrast them in
terms of style and artistry.

4. Discuss or write about how the blues has influenced modern music and how
the electric guitar and guitarists have changed the sound of the blues over time.


Prep for Teachers:
Prior to teaching the lesson, record the broadcast of ERIC CLAPTON CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL CHICAGO (check local listings to determine if and when the program will air in your state), review the program for content, bookmark the Web sites used in the lesson on each computer, and download the necessary plug-ins. Print out and make copies of the related handouts: “What Is the Blues?” essay, “Chicago Blues” essay, “Guitar Evolution” essay, and the Viewing Guide.

Bookmark the following sites: THE BLUES: Blues Classroom: Background Essays: What Is the Blues? THE BLUES: Blues Road Trip: Chicago and Detroit: History and Highlights

Grove Music Online


Art Connections

Understands connections among the various art forms and other disciplines.


Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.

Historical Understanding

Understands the historical perspective.

Language Arts

Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.

Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.

Listening and Speaking
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.

Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.

Working with Others
Displays effective interpersonal communication skills.

Thinking and Reasoning
Effectively uses mental processes that are based on identifying similarities and differences.

This lesson was prepared by Lisa Prososki, an independent educational consultant and instructional design specialist who taught middle school and high school social studies, English, reading, and technology courses for 12 years.

  • Mario

    when will this program air again

  • Kristian fredriksson

    Erics music has saved my life several times but i sadens me to. My 9 year old son died 2000 and i t took me 5 years to recover. During the time Erics music was a salvation for me, but now I have an even bigger problem so I hope he will save me an other time. If not I will die. I have moved frome Sweden to Austria without any securities
    and no friends. I still have two sons but I will not see them that often, so I am pretty sad right now. I have been thrue a lot of problems but this time I don`t know if I will stand the pressure. Eric is my last hope. If he could write me something about his sons dead and how he came thrue it, it will help. I can`t bare it anymore.

    Kristian F

  • olhippydog

    It’s prolly too late, but Kristian keep on listening to music to soothe your soul! -party0007-

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