Today will likely be a "normal" day for people like me- I didn't lose someone on 9/11. I was 19 when it happened, so I remember it pretty clearly, yet still with the mind of a "kid".
At the beginning of each school year, I teach anywhere between 1-3 lessons (depending on the grade level) on patriotic music. The older kids learn about the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. The younger kids march to patriotic music and we talk about how many stars and stripes are on the flag. We all sing This Land is Your Land.
Most of my students love to learn about any history I throw at them during music class. Whenever we learn about the Star Spangled Banner or anything relating to the history of America, they are ready to listen!
Selfishly, I always have them watch one of my favorite performances of The Star Spangled Banner, by Lady Gaga at the Superbowl a couple years ago.
Here it is, even though you probably already saw it!
Share your favorite performance of the Star Spangled Banner with me! I will watch it! I would love to see what kind of performances you all enjoy!