ERIC Number: EJ726878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-1
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MENC and the National Anthem: From the Early 1900s to Today's National Anthem Project
Teaching Music, v13 n2 p30 Oct 2005
Throughout the history of the United States, music educators have played an important role in building national unity by teaching students to sing the songs of their country. Beginning with the entire May-June 1942 issue of "Music Educators Journal" devoted to the nation's war effort following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, MENC set the precedent by concluding that every music educator should organize and lead assemblies both in their schools and their communities to build a sense of community and help the country live up to the motto "America Sings to Victory." Sixty-two years later, a 2004 Harris interactive poll found that almost two-thirds of Americans do not know the U.S. national anthem. American music teachers share the task of helping young Americans learn these songs. The Harris poll found that 70 percent of Americans who know the national anthem learned it in their school music classes. MENC hopes to spread that success through The National Anthem Project, a campaign to help Americans learn--or relearn--"The Star-Spangled Banner" and by doing so, focus attention on the importance of music education in the nation's schools. This article describes the details of this project and presents highlights of MENC's involvement with "The Star-Spangled Banner" throughout history.
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Patriotism, Citizenship Education, Singing, Professional Associations, United States History
MENC (National Association for Music Education) Subscription Office, P.O. Box 1584, Birmingham, AL 35201. Tel: 800-336-3768 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.menc.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States