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.  In addition to supervising undergraduate student teachers in area schools, she teaches experience-based courses which develop inclusive best practices for future educators.

Her research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, interdisciplinary learning, and Indigenous history & cultural 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 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 over 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States resulting in an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans. This creative, consciousness-shifting work will be widely distributed through national curricula, artistic publications, exhibitions, and online portals.

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 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 PhD pipeline.

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.   

Most recently she was appointed to serve as a faculty representative on the Lawrence University 2020-21 Presidential Search Committee and now is an active member of 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 inspire all students to reach their fullest potential.

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

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