Associate Professor of Music


Brigetta F. Miller is an Associate Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music currently teaching courses in both Music Education and Ethnic Studies.  Professor Miller is an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee (Mohican) Nation and a descendant of the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin.  She supervises undergraduate pre-service teachers in area schools and enjoys integrating inclusive best practices into all of her coursework within the liberal arts and sciences context.

Her research interests include interdisciplinary learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, and Indigenous history & culture.  Deepening understanding about race and ethnicity, structures of colonialism in higher education, and embracing connections across academic disciplines is an important component of her work.  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 a doctorate in progress. She remains in demand as a speaker of diversity-related issues at state, national, and international conferences.

Recent conference invitations include: “Supporting the Development of Cultural Competence and Sociopolitical Consciousness in Future Music Educators”, “Hope in Front of Me: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through an Indigenous Lens” and “Diversity and Inclusion of American Music Education: Inroads, Blockades, Re-Designs and Deliveries”.

Among other responsibilities, she teaches two Ethnic Studies courses: “Perspectives of Contemporary Indigenous Women” and “Decolonization, Activism, and Hope: Changing the Way We See Native America”. A newly designed course titled “Indigeneity Unleashed: Institutional Decolonization Today” will be launched in January 2022.  The course will be cross-listed in Music Education/Anthropology/Ethnic Studies and open to all students in both the college and conservatory.

She also serves as a faculty advisor for LUNA (Lawrence University Native Americans), a student organization focused on empowering and supporting Indigenous students to successfully navigate the college experience. Both she and her students are included on the “This Is Lawrence: Indigenize Education” video featuring an Indigenous Land Project mural created in collaboration with photographer Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip) of Project 562, a multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing contemporary Native American communities in the United States. This creative, consciousness-shifting work will be widely distributed through national curricula, artistic publications, exhibitions, and online portals.

Professor Miller also has a strong track record of being an action-oriented leader and collaborator. The latest renaming of the Kaeyes Mamaceqtawuk plaza dedication and Otaeciah art sculpture revealed her vision across multiple university departments and external communities, by sharing expertise on Indigenous protocols and ways of knowing with others, within a deeply shared environment.

Dedicated to service and community engagement, Professor Miller has a passion for mentoring university students from underrepresented groups.  She has served as a Posse Foundation faculty mentor for a cohort of ten 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 has also worked as a writing instructor and member of 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, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian students who enter and stay in the Ph.D. pathway.

Professor Miller has participated as a facilitator for the ACM Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate Annual Summit 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.”  Her faculty profile was published in the Winter 2017 Lawrence Today magazine.  

She was appointed by the board of trustees to serve as a faculty representative on the Lawrence University 2020-21 Presidential Search Committee and is an active member of the guiding DEI/A coalition in progress. She currently serves on the Appleton Area School District’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force.  She remains hopeful the university’s renewed commitment to creating an anti-racist learning environment will make it possible for all students to experience true belonging and thrive while reaching their absolute fullest potential.

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