Oh, Canada. Study finds kids don’t know the words to the national anthem | Macleans.ca – Canada – wire – Features

Well this is gross. I wonder if I know the person/prof who did this study!

Oh, Canada. Study finds kids don’t know the words to the national anthem | Macleans.ca – Canada – wire – Features.

Oh, Canada. Study finds kids don’t know the words to the national anthem

May 12, 2010 – 15:56

The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A new study says more than half of Canadian high school choir students are out of tune when it comes to the national anthem.

The University of Victoria study found that less half of the students surveyed knew the melody for “O Canada,” and only 67 per cent knew the lyrics.

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Music education professor Mary Kennedy says many students mangle the words, changing “thee” to “the,” swapping “thy” for “our,” and in some cases even paying homage to “our home and nature land” instead of “native land.”

Newfoundland high school choir students were the stars of the national study, while Quebec students hit a real sour note.

Kennedy says the study was undertaken prior to the Winter Olympics, where Canadian fans became known the world over for their spontaneous renditions of “O Canada,” but she notes nobody was checking for lyrical correctness or proper pitch.

The music professor says she would like schools to take more care in teaching students the national anthem.

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