Creatively and Respectfully Interweaving Indigenous Content into the Primary Music Classroom

During this interactive session, participants will explore story, song, and movement both from familiar sources and easily available and approved "Aboriginal" resources. The ideas presented are the result of my year's journey as a non-Aboriginal music teacher in search of creative and respectful ways to interweave appropriate indigenous content and the First Peoples Principles of Learning into my music classroom in a meaningful way. All "aboriginal" resources used in this workshop are readily available to all Surrey school teachers either on the HUB, through Surrey School district weebly or the district Aboriginal lending library. Instructions on how to access materials will be included in session handouts.

Target Audience

K-3 music or classroom teachers

To Bring/Important Notes

Ipad or Laptop would be plus but not necessary


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Room SS 204
Semiahmoo Secondary School

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  • Nadine Bugden

    Nadine Bugden is currently working as a Core Music teacher in the Surrey School district. In recent years she has completed her Graduate Diploma in Elementary Music Education through S.F.U. While participating in this exceptional two year program, Nadine developed an interest in the inquiry process which has led to many journeys chasing her various "wonderings". As a non-Aboriginal person, she has currently embarked on a journey to make meaningful connections between her favourite and regularly taught music curriculum points and the rich and beautiful ideas offered through the First Peoples Principles of Learning and other "Aboriginal" themed stories and songs. The number one lesson learned through this process has been, the best way to learn about indigenous people is through their songs and stories. The most helpful tools discovered was where to find songs and stories approved to use in the Surrey classroom.