Music Makers (radio): The American Pageant

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started28th Apr 1976
endedJun 1976
last rpt14th Jun 1978
3 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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The American Pageant is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1970s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

A series of songs on significant moments in the history of the United States.

The unit was originally put on in 1976 to support project work commemorating the 200th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence.


  • Yankee Doodle
  • The Ballad of the Tea Party
  • Shenandoah
  • The Blue Tail Fly
  • The Bonny Blue Flag
  • A Cowboy's Life
  • Wanderin'
  • This Land is Your Land


Radio Times listing, 1976


Introduced by Ian Humphris
Mari Griffith
The American Pageant written by Dave Robbins
Music arranged by Peter Hutchings
Producer Peter Hutchings


The unit was accompanied by an illustrated pupils' pamphlet


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