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The Music of Native American People

imageFrom his academic background in American Indian Studies, combined with his lifelong study of music and his particular interest in the music of Montana Indians, Scott has developed a specialty area in contemporary musical expression of American Indian people.

The genesis of this MusEco project was an invitation to make a presentation about the topic in June 2006. Scott was deeply honored to be asked to give this presentation at the Indian Education For All Institute put on by Little Big Horn College, coordinated by Everall Fox, Academic Dean of the College at that time. Scott delivered Indian Music: More Than Drums and Flutes, a presentation about the variety of musical genres explored by American Indian musicians, past and present.

Soon after, Scott was asked to develop a supplemental curriculum booklet and CD on the topic for the Montana Office of Public Instruction

Since that time, Scott has been asked to give this class/presentation/seminar frequently, including at the September 2008 & 2009 American Indian Heritage Day celebration at MSU-Billings; plus teacher trainings for Billings School District 2 and the Montana Band Masters Association

The presentation can be as short as 25 minutes or can be given in a workshop format in an hour to a three hour time frame. Scott can customize the presentation to the needs of your event, school or organization. If organizations book the presentation through the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau, much of the speaker fee will be covered by the funding available through the Speakers Bureau.

Contact MusEco if you are interested in engaging Scott to deliver it at your school, organization or event!

Recently, Scott also produced two short videos about Montana Indian musicians to supplement the OPI curriculum guide he produced earlier. Jared Stewart, blues player and member of the Crow Nation was one of the featured musicians. Gary Small, Northern Cheyenne Nammy award-winning songwriter and guitarist was the other. Both videos can be viewed on Vimeo (click HERE for Jared Steward, click HERE for Gary Small) or on the OPI website.

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Partners include KTVQ Television (Billings), Montana PBS (Bozeman), and the Office of Public Instruction (OPI - Indian Ed) (Helena). Underwriters of our broadcast projects include Montana State University-Billings, Sylvan Peak Mountain Shoppe and Montana Harvest Natural Foods. Special thanks also go to the many individuals who donate annually, volunteers who give of their time, and funders like the Greater Montana Foundation who see the value in our work. Thank you!


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