For Teachers: Mississippi Studies Basic Kits

Why not use Blues as a vehicle for teaching Mississippi culture, history, civil rights and more?

All in state competencies!

The Mississippi Studies Basic Kit is designed to use blues as a vehicle to teach competencies in the fourth and ninth grades. It includes an 18 minute video that tells the story of how the blues was born in the Mississippi Delta (by Vasti Jackson) and a presentation booklet.

It’s entertaining and educational!

Vasti Jackson Celebrates the Birthplace of America's Music: First Came the BluesVasti Jackson DVD

The basic teacher's kit utilizes the DVD by Vasti Jackson who talks about the birth of the Blues in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. The DVD also includes four new original songs by Vasti.

Born in McComb, Mississippi in 1959, Vasti Jackson is a world renowned vocalist and guitarist playing Blues, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Gospel and more. He is also songwriter, producer, and arranger and has toured internationally. In 2011, Jackson played the lead role in the play "Robert Johnson The Man, The Myth, The Music!"

Visit Vasti Jackson's website for more information on his life and music.

Mississippi, Birthplace of America's Music: First Came the Blues. How the Blues Was Born in the Mississippi First Came the Blues: How the Blues Was Born in the Mississippi DeltaDelta

The basic teacher's kits include this presentation booklet which was written to accompany the Vasti Jackson DVD and can be used to teach 4th and 9th graders.





More Information on Mississippi Musicians

For more information on Mississippi musicians, visit Starkville High School's Mississippi Writers and Musicians Project web page. The students and faculty at Starkville High School have researched musicians native to Mississippi or who have spent a significant part of their lives in the state of Mississippi. Their research includes blues, country, classical, gospel, rock'n roll, rhythm and blues, jazz and popular.