This book and multi-media package provide 28 detailed lesson plans— 14 each for Grades K-2 (plus 20 supplemental lessons) and Grades 3-6 (plus 28 supplemental lessons)—with a variety of learning supports for music specialists and classroom teachers wanting to incorporate Native American music in their curriculum. Lesson plans are designed for active engagement through singing, dancing/movement, creating, and instrumental performance.
Based on the National Standards in music and social studies, this collection also embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social-emotional learning that illustrates lifeways and values. Hands-on, developmentally appropriate experiences facilitate K-6 students’ musical and cultural understanding through Native American music from many tribal cultures and genres such as Native American flute, pow-wow, round dance, rock, folk, country, waila (chicken scratch), electronica, and more. Songs are available on the included CDs or via mp3 downloads or streaming from the book website.
Assessments, discussion questions, reflective journaling, and extensions are provided for each lesson. Teaching resources such as photographs, scores, charts, forms and links to videos and websites can be accessed through the book website with many materials downloadable as pdfs for printing. A full color 20×24 wall map is included with the book.