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Oak Grove students learn about the blues, record songs

4th grade students from Oak Grove Upper Elementary School record a blues song they wrote at C&M Music Center's recording studio Friday. 4th grade students from Oak Grove Upper Elementary School record a blues song they wrote at C&M Music Center's recording studio Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Dozens of Lamar County students are singing the blues these days, but not because they're doing poorly in school.  It's all due to a new curriculum which teaches 4th graders at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School about Mississippi musical history and blues culture. 

The curriculum included lessons on writing songs and Friday, two classes who were winners of  a school song-writing contest made a field trip to the Hub City's C&M Music Center to record their tunes.      

Music teacher Chad Watson played the guitar while the youngsters sang. Each student will receive copies of their songs, "The Short Form Blues" and "The Bullying Blues." 

The curriculum was developed by Dr. Mark Malone of William Carey University.

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