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Using Music to Teach Social Studies

American History and Government

These Social Studies lyrics are available from a variety of albums. Use songs to teach American geography, government, history, patriotism, and culture.

American Geography Songs
      The 50 States and Capitals Song– Tim Pacific
      Directions to Nowhere (How to Read a Map)– Joan Maute, Ed.D.
      Gonna Name Our States– Music with Mar.
      Great Lakes Jack– Foster Brown
      Haul Away Henry Hudson– Skip West
      The Key's the Key– Joan Maute, Ed.D.
      Makin' Tracks (The Western United States)– Geography Park
      New England and Mid-Atlantic States & Capitals Rap– Geography Park
      The Names of the States– Learning by Song
      Punk Rock States (The Southeast United States)– Geography Park
      Shenandoah– Traditional     
      The State I'm In (The North-Central United States Rap)– Geography Park
      Your World At A Glance– Marilyn M. Linford
      
See all of our worldwide Geography Songs

American Presidents
      See our Songs about U.S. Presidents and Presidential Elections

American Patriotic Music
      America the Beautiful– Katharine Lee Bates
      Battle Hymn of the Republic– Julia Ward Howe
      Let's Sing About America– Marilyn M. Linford
      My Country 'Tis of Thee– Samuel Francis Smith
      My Country 'tis of Thee– Music with Mar.
      Patriotic Medley– Judy Leonard
      Proud To Be An American– Music with Mar.
      Red, White and Blue– Debbie Clement
      Red, White and Blue– Two of a Kind
      The Star Stangled-Banner– Francis Scott Key
      U.S.A.– Learning by Song
      When Johnny Comes Marching Home– Patrick S. Gilmore
      Yankee Doodle– Traditional
      You're a Grand Old Flag– George M. Cohan

American Symbols

      Bald Eagle– Learning by Song
      Declaration of Independence– Learning by Song
      The Gettysburg Address– Abraham Lincoln
      Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (The Statue of Liberty)
            – Emma Lazarus/Barbara Klaskin Silberg
      In the Constitution– Learning by Song
      Pledge of Allegiance– Music with Mar.
      The Star Stangled-Banner– Francis Scott Key
      The Statue of Liberty– Kathleen Wiley
      The Statue of Liberty– Emma Lazarus
      We the People– Greta Pedersen

American History
      Cumberland Gap– Traditional
      The Erie Canaland The E-ri-e Canal – Traditional
      Government– Jim Thompson
      Halfway to Heaven (A 9/11 Tribute) – Hank Fellows
      Lewis and Clark– Kathleen Wiley
      The Miner's Song (The California Gold Rush)– Learning by Song
      On the Fourth of July– Ben Stiefel
      The Original 13 Colonies Song– Tim Pacific
      The Pony Express – Kathleen Wiley
      Remember the Alamo– Kathleen Wiley
      The Union States and Confederate States in the Civil War– Tim Pacific

American Heroes, Explorers and Inventors

      See our Biographical Songs


American Songs in Remembrance of 9/11/2001
      Half Way to Heaven– Hank Fellows
      Eternal Flame– Skip West
      New Day Dawning– Hank Fellows
      One Heart, One Voice– Hank Fellows
      The Spirit of America- Hank Fellows


African-American History
      See our collection of Black History Music

American History Musical Plays
      13 Colonies- Ron Fink & John Heath
      American Revolution- Ron Fink & John Heath
      Martin Luther King, Jr. - Ron Fink & John Heath
      U.S. Geography- Ron Fink & John Heath

Discovery of America
      A Brand New World- Ben Stiefel
      A Shorter Way To the Indies- Ben Stiefel
      Age of Exploration– Learning by Song
      Christopher Columbus- Kathleen Wiley
      Columbus Revisited- Two of a Kind
      The First Thanksgiving– Learning by Song
      Let's Celebrate Columbus Day- Ben Stiefel
      The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria- Ben Stiefel
      The Pilgrims Sailed Far Across the Sea– Sam Jones

Native American History and Culture
      Chief Black Hawk and Bishop Kerns– Kathleen Wiley
      First Americans, and So Proud– Learning by Song
      Hey, Hey, Watenay – Traditional Ojibwa Lullaby
      Native Americans– Josh Ledbetter

      Native American Counting Song– Music Movement & Magination
      Powwow– Jack Hartmann
      Sacajawea– Kathleen Wiley

      Squanto– Kathleen Wiley
      They Dance for Rain and Rainbows– Sam Jones
      Tsa-La-Gi (Cherokee)– Judy Leonard

      Wee Hee Nah– Traditional Native American
      Ya Ha Haway– Traditional Native American

Economics and Business
      Business: What About All This Business?– Frank Bruen
      Trading: A Marigold For Company– Frank Bruen
      The Miner's Song– Learning by Song
      Money: Money, Money– Frank Bruen
      Profit: A Frog For Profit – Frank Bruen
      Jobs: Getting Things Done – Frank Bruen

World History Songs
      The Vikings – David East

Canadian Social Studies Songs
      See our Songs about Canadian Culture and History

See more of our song lyrics from the following subject areas:
      Geography, School Concert Songs, Native American,  Diversity, Folk, Independence Day, Veteran's Day, Columbus Day, Flag Day, Biographical, Australian, Pilgrims,and Pioneers Song Lyrics

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