Global Resources for Schools: National Anthems

flags of nationsAre your students learning about different countries? For a fun, music-focused activity, have them research and listen to national anthems from around the world.

Ask students to:

  • Research the history of the anthem of their chosen country and create a poster of images that the music and/or words evoke
  • Compare and contrast the lyrics in a selection of national anthems. Do the songs share similar words or phrases? How are they different? What do the anthems express about national identity?
  • Come up with words or images that describe the student’s chosen nation and compose an original anthem (lyrics and a melody)
  • Discuss: Why do countries have anthems?


National Anthems Info

Includes 400 anthems with history, lyrics and recordings

National Anthem Forum

14000 posts on 1000s of national, state, & municipal anthems, past and present

National Anthems of the World

The shortest, longest, oldest and newest anthems


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