2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Native American Music into the General and Choral Music Classrooms

- MST
Broadmoor Hall D/E

Allison Cawthon
Master in Music Education Graduate Student

Su hohchifo yut Allison; hihla ikhunanchi hattak upi homma sia. My name is Allison; I am a Native American music teacher. Allison Cawthon is a second-year Master in Music Education student with a concentration in ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her Bachelor Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in choral music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Allison is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation, as well as a part-time employee of the Chickasaw Nation Arts Academy, and her heritage drives her studies on Culturally Relevant Pedagogies in the field of Ingenious music in the United States. During her undergraduate studies, Allison worked closely with the Multicultural Student Affairs office as well as many faculty and administration members to set up committees and policies for Indigenous students. Now in graduate school, she collaborates with the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies at CU Boulder to connect with other Native students on campus and obtain her Certificate in Native and Indigenous studies. Allison has been featured in multiple newspapers, magazines, and television programs for her work with Native and Indigenous students/culture on college campuses and Native American music in US classrooms. Allison has taught secondary choir, general music, and rock band, and has lived all over the country and abroad, specifically in Paris, France, where she studied French language and culture at Sorbonne Université. In her free time, Allison enjoys skiing, hiking, reading, and watching Disney movies.


This presentation will include an introduction to Native American music, culture, differentiation, and history from tribes in the United States, as well as lesson plan ideas, songs, and resources for implementing Indigenous music into the general or choral music space. The audience will also receive critical insight into the lives of First Nations students, and how teachers can make these students feel validated in their classrooms in any age group.

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