"Songs of America" are the composer's renditions of two famous patriotic songs of the United States: "BAttle Hymn of the Republic" and "America". US Students are most likely going to be familiar with these songs (as will their fmaily and friends). This familiarity will help them in the learning process. It is always important to have students learn folkmusic, as it should be the music closest to them and their musical language.
Center Stage (Book 2) can be purchased here