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Nearly two-thirds don't know U.S. anthem

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- We all know it's hard to sing, but a Washington survey says nearly two-thirds of Americans don't know all the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Music teachers tell Harris Interactive budget cuts in school programs have increased musical illiteracy. Seventy-five percent of the respondents said they learned the national anthem and other patriotic songs in music class, along with some American history and tales of United States heritage.

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Only 39 percent of the survey could complete the third line of "The Star-Spangled Banner," correctly. It goes "... through the perilous fight."

"For years, music classes have been the first to be cut and we are now seeing the ramifications first hand," said John Malmann, executive director of the National Association for Music Education.

Six million children and teachers will participate in the "World's Largest Concert," featuring patriotic songs and other popular music on March 11.

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