Associate Professor of Music

Brigetta Miller

Brigetta F. Miller is an Associate Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music who teaches courses in both Music Education and Ethnic Studies.  Professor Miller is an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee (Mohican) tribe who grew up on a reservation in northern Wisconsin.  In addition to supervising undergraduate student teachers in area schools, she teaches experience-based courses that develop pedagogical competencies for teaching music from an inclusive perspective and co-leads an advanced student teaching seminar.

Her research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, interdisciplinary learning, and indigenous history, culture, and identity.  Understanding music in relationship to history and culture continues to be an important component of her work as a teacher educator.  She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Lawrence University, a Masters of Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from Silver Lake College, and is working toward a PhD in First Nations Studies. 

Professor Miller has given multiple presentations at state, national, and international conferences.  One recent title, “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Music Classroom:  Supporting the Development of Cultural Competence and Sociopolitical Consciousness in Future Music Educators” was featured at a professional conference focused on diversity.  In October she will give a session at The Society for Ethnomusicology in Denver titled, “Hope In Front Of Me:  Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through An Indigenous Lens”.  In March she will participate in the 2018 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta on a panel discussion titled, “Diversity and Inclusion of American Music Education: Inroads, Blockades, Re-Designs and Deliveries”.

Among other responsibilities, she is teaching two new Ethnic Studies courses: Perspectives of Contemporary Indigenous Women and DecolonizationActivism, and Hope: Changing the Way We See Native America.   She is writing a monograph on Indigenous lullabies.  Compiling ten tribally-specific lullabies, she makes a case for incorporating “both Western and non-Western perspectives” in elementary school music curricula.  Professor Miller has previously served as an ArtsBridge America mentor, a program funded by the National Geographic Society, offering interdisciplinary arts instruction to students from low-income backgrounds designed to bring geography-through-music integrative curriculum to elementary schools.

Dedicated to service and community engagement, Professor Miller has a passion for mentoring university students from underrepresented groups.  She currently serves as a Posse Foundation faculty mentor for a cohort of students from New York City, a merit-based program dedicated to changing the face of leadership in America by developing outstanding undergraduate leaders from diverse backgrounds.  She also serves as a faculty advisor for LUNA (Lawrence University Native Americans) and currently participates on the Academic Steering Committee for the College Horizons Scholars Program based in New Mexico, an innovative academic success program designed to address retention and bolster the number of Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian) students who enter and stay in the PhD pipeline.

Professor Miller recently participated on a collaborative panel addressing the  “Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate” in Chicago, a seven-year initiative addressing barriers to faculty diversity in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and arts, especially in the context of liberal arts colleges.  She has received Lawrence’s 2000 Young Teacher Award, “given annually to an untenured member of the faculty who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and the promise of continued growth.”  She was featured in the 2005 Lawrence Today President’s Report and her faculty profile was published in the Winter 2017 Lawrence Today magazine.

Contact by e-mail: brigetta.f.miller@lawrence.edu

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