Music Education through an Indigenous Lens

It is largely understood in Indigenous cultures that the drum beat is the universal heartbeat of Mother Earth. This workshop will explore how that universal steady beat and other aspects of indigenous music can be included in K-12 music education in Canada. With appropriate protocols and permission, scales and songs from local, indigenous cultures can and should be included in Canadian music education in order to understand, promote, and celebrate local, traditional land and people. In this workshop we will connect classrooms to communities using indigenous music and storytelling to complement the BC Curriculum.

To Bring/Important Notes

Dahooja! For this workshop, please have on hand any instruments you might have access to (indigenous or otherwise), a mallet or stick with a soft end, a drum or something that can be used as a drum, and your singing voice. Also, please bring any great music, stories, or drama resources you may be using that have indigenous perspectives or content. But, if you don't have any of these things, don't worry! Creativity will be the name of the game. Just bring an open mind and your sense of joy. Sunachailya!


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

This session is full.


  • School District 28 (Quesnel)
    Corry Climenhage

    Corry Climenhage (BA, B.Ed, MA) is a Teaching Principal with SD28, Quesnel who is passionate about place-based and performing arts education, inquiry-based learning, and integrated curriculum. She has been a teacher and/or administrator in Morocco, China, Hong Kong, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Solomon Islands, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. She is a singer, choral conductor and arranger, and plays ukulele, guitar, piano, and percussion.

  • School District 28 (Quesnel)
    Ellie Peters

    Ellie Peter is a respected Elder and educator of the Southern Carrier Language at SD28, Quesnel. She is from Nazko First Nation and studied at UNBC.