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

Teaching Music to Students with Trauma

- MST
Bartolin Hall E-213/214

Cayley Buie
Adams City High School, Band and Orchestra Director

Cayley Buie is a high school band and orchestra teacher, with 5 years of experience in teaching and in the Adams 14 School District. She received her Bachelor's of Music Education from CU-Boulder in 2015 and recently completed a Masters in Trauma Informed Education from Columbia College- South Carolina. She is also the Artistic Director of Mile High Freedom Band's Freedom Corps.


We all have trauma-- but as education grows and develops, we are finding better ways of helping students to heal from trauma through the classroom interactions we have every day. In this session you will learn what a young brain does when it has experienced trauma, how Adverse Childhood Experiences can be at the root of a lot of frustrating behavior, and the best ways to help students whom you may not have had any clue what to do with before. We will also discuss how a music educator's personal healing from trauma is crucial to helping your students heal from theirs.

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