Contest: Teach Students the National Anthem

September 11 is Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. And September 14 is the anniversary of the day in 1814 that Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.” Music ensembles are getting ready for all the public performances of “The Star Spangled Banner” this fall at local parades, festivals, football games, and more.


National Anthem


Share your creative and insightful tips for teaching students “The Star Spangled Banner” and win a Star Spangled Banner music box! Send your ideas for rehearsing, learning the lyrics, video performances, bulletin boards, and other ways you engage your students with one of the most performed songs at public events. Email submissions by August 31 with “National Anthem” in the subject line to


Catherina Hurlburt, Communications Manager, August 5, 2015. © National Association for Music Education (