Washington ACDA

#Anthem200

by Julie Parsons, WA-ACDA Youth & Student Activities Chair

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” On Friday, September 12, 2014, schools across the nation are asked to hold their own events to honor “The Star-Spangled Banner” and to share these efforts online. The Star-Spangled Music Foundation, American Choral Directors Association, Resounding Joy, and others have come together to offer a myriad of curriculum ideas and resources for educators on the SSMF website.

As music educators planning activities for the beginning of the school year, the #Anthem200 project creates a wonderful cross-curriculum opportunity to teach about the song, its lyrics, its history, and its practice.

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At a time when many choirs are learning the anthem to sing at school sporting events and other functions, the resources made available by the Star-Spangled Music Foundation can be extraordinarily helpful. Music educators can work with their principals to create a school-wide event on September 12, this year’s designated “National Day of Patriotic Song.” Create a video of your event, upload it, and tag it with #Anthem200 to join with schools and organizations across the country in celebrating.

If you need curriculum suggestions or help with ideas for events, I am happy to help. Please feel free to email me at julie.parsons@comcast.net. I can’t wait to hear all those high B-flats!