A recent Harris poll found that two out of three American adults don’t know all of the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner"
– and many don’t even know which song is our National Anthem or why it was written. But where did the people who do know the words say they learned "The Star-Spangled Banner" and other patriotic music? At school!
Sadly, budget cuts to school music programs in recent years have led to dwindling opportunities for students to learn an important part of their cultural heritage – patriotic music. The members of The National Association for Music Education (MENC) – our nation’s music teachers – want all Americans to know our National Anthem and to take pride in singing it together ... and for all children to have access to music in school.
We’ve launched the National Anthem Project to raise awareness about the importance of supporting and funding school music programs. We believe every child deserves a complete education that includes music and all the benefits it brings to their lives.
This exciting campaign is supported by some of the country’s leading organizations and individuals. Mrs. Laura Bush serves as Honorary Chairperson, music legends the Oak Ridge Boys are Official Musical Ambassadors, and the Jeep® brand is our national presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include NAMM – the International Music Products Association (our national music industry sponsor), The History Channel, Bank of America, Gibson Musical Instruments, ASCAP, and Conn-Selmer, Inc.
The official student travel and concert provider is the American Musical Salute. Our supporters include Girl Scouts USA, the Walt Disney Company, the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the American Legion.
Our nation’s music teachers want to get America singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" again! Please JOIN our effort to restore America’s voice and ensure a quality music education for all of our children.
As you know MusicFriends have been strong supporters of MENC's National Anthem Project. MENC is conducting a survey to help evaluate the effectiveness of the National Anthem Project. We'd greatly appreciate your completing the online survey -- it will take less than five minutes. Please visit http://www.thenationalanthemproject.org/0906/survey.htm
to take the survey.
Thank you for your help and for supporting music education!
The MusicFriends Team