What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists


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What instrument can create the sound of wailing?

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1. What piece of music is associated with Mamie Smith?

2. Who is considered the ''Father of the Blues''?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You'll be asked about broad topics on this quiz/worksheet, such as instrumentation, Mamie Smith's music, the 'Father of the Blues', famous pieces of blues music, and measures in the blues.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will target subjects such as:

  • The instrument that can sound like wailing
  • Music associated with Mamie Smith
  • Which musician is often referred to as the 'Father of the Blues'
  • A piece of music recorded by W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith
  • The number of measures commonly in a blues pattern

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of blues
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding blues patterns and interpret it correctly
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about blues instrumentation in a new way

Additional Learning

When you want to learn more about blues music, have a look at our corresponding lesson by the name of What Is Blues Music? - Definition, History & Artists. This lesson is going to go over:

  • What blues is
  • Blues' history
  • Prominent figures in the blues community
  • The legacy of blues music