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

Panel Discussion - Gender and Sexuality in the Music Classroom: How to be an effective Ally for your students

Colorado Hall F

Hannah Judson
Westminster High School, Director of Choirs

Hannah Judson is the Director of Choirs at Westminster High School where she conducts a variety of vocal ensembles, including vocal jazz, a cappella, chorale, and others. Ms. Judson is a Daniels Fund Scholar alumnus, and received her Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Colorado Boulder. A passionate educator, Ms. Judson acts as the Choir Coordinator for the Adams County Honor Festival, presents at national conferences, and hosts music education students from CU Boulder.

Coire Geare
Eaglecrest High School, Orchestra, Mariachi, and Music Theory teacher

Coire Geare is an educator and musician in Aurora, CO. Coire graduated in 2015 with a BME in Music Education and a Minor in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado Boulder. They currently teach Orchestra, Mariachi, and Music Theory at Eaglecrest High School in the Cherry Creek School District. In addition to teaching music, Coire is the bassist for Bianca and the Flyboys, a nine-piece big band that gigs in the Denver Metro area. In addition to their professional music projects, Coire enjoys reading novels, analyzing music, and writing music and stories in their free time.

In this session, we will discuss the basics of gender and sexuality, use of pronouns and other terms, as well as how to best support students in your school if you are unsure how to approach the topics. We will take time to think critically and discuss how this specifically fits into a music classroom context, and what part we play as music educators in being an example and an ally to queer students. Our panel of educators will share their experiences and also provide opportunities for attendees to ask questions in a safe and welcoming environment.