George M. Cohan wrote this perennial patriotic favorite in 1906 for his stage musical “George Washington, Jr.”
The song was first performed on the play’s opening night, at Herald Square Theater in New York City. It quickly became the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music.
This arrangement offers early intermediate students hand position changes, a tag-style ending, and the traditional harmonies that make the chorus of this piece an all-time favorite!
Key: F Major
Mood: Exuberant, proud
Pedagogy: dynamics, repeats, hand position changes, syncopation, chromatic scales