Summer is here, the Fourth of July is just around the corner so I have been musing about the "Star Spangled Banner". I have a soft spot in my heart for patriotic and folk songs. Unfortunately, they are disappearing from children's lives because of severe cuts in elementary music programs. Marilyn Ward, of the University of Florida, states "When people stand up but don't sing the 'Star Spangled Banner' there is a reason for that. They don't know it". She has done a wonderful study on the top folk songs that all children should know. Many years ago, I printed out Wards top 100 choices but I can no longer find that list on the web. The following are my choices for children to learn over the summer--
1. "The Star Spangled Banner"
2. "America" (My country tis of thee)
3. "America, the Beautiful" (Oh, beautiful, for spacious
4. "Yankee Doodle"
5. "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
6. "This Land is Your Land"
7. "Your a Grand Old Flag"
8. "The Swanee River" --Florida's State Song