by Karl Hitzemann
Also known as the "Nation's Attic," the Smithsonian Institute is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2021. This incredible organization has holdings of over 154 million items throughout its 19 museums, 21 libraries, nine research centers, and zoo, which are mostly located in the District of Columbia. Additional facilities are located in Maryland, New York, and Virginia. More than 200 institutions and museums in 45 states, Puerto Rico, and Panama are also Smithsonian affiliates. This is a massive amount of artifacts, history, culture, and heritage. So, how do you boil all of that down into one song? Good question! We decided that just mentioning the Smithsonian on its special anniversary would be enough to at least get you and your students thinking and talking about this amazing American landmark.
If you're unable to sing at this time, you could use the full performance track and stage a really neat presentation about the Smithsonian, complete with slides of its many museums and some of its famous pieces.
We think you'll find the song fairly easy to learn. The melody provides a nice challenge, but once your singers hear it a few times, they'll have it. The recorded accompaniment features a full orchestra. If you're unable to sing at this time, you could use the full performance track and stage a really neat presentation about the Smithsonian, complete with slides of its many museums and some of its famous pieces.
The cross curricular options here are plenty. What are all of the museums associated with the Smithsonian? Where are they all located? Who's responsible for taking care of all that history? Who started it all? So many possibilities. It is such an important part of our history – past, present, and future.
There are many books written about the Smithsonian, and an abundance of information is available online. The Smithsonian's web site (www.si.edu) is packed with lots of information, facts, and pictures. There are even special sections for educators and for kids.
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.