LGBTQIA+ Resources

Beyond Gender Neutrality

Finding Your Voice presentation

use and expand this lesson in a way that fits your classroom!

Finding Your Voice YouTube playlist:

Finding Your Voice - Example Presentation

Music to Explore - Kid Friendly

A selection of kid-friendly songs by LGBTQIA+ musicians. While (I don't think) there is any profanity, always be sure to check before using in the classroom!

Link to YouTube Playlist:

a show for kids, with original songs by Lindz

Music to Explore - instrumental or adult themes

Children's Books about Gender for the Music Classroom

Text by Kai Cheng Thom

Illustrated by Kai Yun Ching & Wai-Yant Li

read along and original song by Heather Shouldice

by Michael Hall

LGBTQIA+ Children's Books for Home or School

Professional Development Resources

Note: by the time things are published, ideas have typically changed, especially when it comes to our shared language. Always ask how people identify and follow their lead!

Honoring Trans and Gender-Expansive Students in Music Education (2021) by Matthew L. Garrett and Joshua Palkki

  • An overview and rationale appropriate for everyone, although the intended audience seems to be secondary music educators. There's a great section on vocal activities for trans and gender expansive students.

Beyond the Gender Binary (2020) by Alok Vaid-Menon

  • We are more than an oddity to be studied. This small book centers humanity and hope. Please read!

The Gender Creative Child (2016) by Diane Ehrensaft

  • While meant for therapists and medical professionals, this book talks more on gender identity development and how to support trans and gender expansive kids. Easy to read!

Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution (2017) by Susan Stryker

  • An enlightening historical overview that really describes the intersectionality of transgender humanity.

Music Education for Social Change: Constructing an Activist Music Education (2019) by Juliet Hess

The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (2015)

  • Covering more than LGBTQ+ issues, this book a good place to start. Rooted in Critical Race Theory, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and more.

The 4th Symposium for LGBTQ Studies and Music Education - 2021

Queering Choir - site of many resources!