Patriotic Music

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 11094

What makes us stand, sing, and even cry when we hear our national anthem? What is the underlying message? Listen to, and learn from, patriotic songs of different countries to understand their appeal!


Musical Arts, World

Fine Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever attended a holiday parade or a sporting event where they played the national anthem or other patriotic songs?

These songs can be so powerful, particularly to those who live in the country the song is about.

Watch the two videos below. The first shows a North Korean man getting misty-eyed over his National Anthem, and the second shows how powerful the American national anthem can be.

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  • What caused the player to cry?
  • Why did the entire stadium sing together?
  • What makes patriotic music so powerful?

Patriotic music is not meant to be listened to privately on your MP3 player or while you are doing your homework.

It is the music of the community. We usually listen to it together as a shared experience. That is one of the things that makes it so potent.

Patriotic music has a big and emotional message: "We are all in this together!"

Browse this list of American Patriotic Song Lyrics.

  • Which one is your favorite?

Select one song, then search for an audio clip of that song on YouTube or elsewhere.

Listen to the song and then reflect on the following questions.

  • Does that song invoke feelings in you?
  • What feelings?
  • Why do you think it does this?

Now go back and listen to the song again. As you do, make notes on these questions.

  • What is the message of the lyrics?
  • What is the style of the music?
  • What memories do you have of hearing that song?

Now that you have an idea of what your favorite patriotic song is, move to the Got It? section to learn more about this type of music.

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