Photo of Kevin Locke playing a wooden hand-carved flute


General Artist Information

Name:  Kevin Locke
Artist Discipline: Music
Grade Level Preference: 5th grade and higher
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Fee per-day: Negotiable
Phone Number: (605) 848-0550
Web site:


Kevin Locke (Tokeya Inajin is his Lakota name, meaning “The First to Arise”) is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin finds tremendous joy in opening the hearts and minds of youth through residencies that include construction/ instruction of Northern Plains flute and Hoop Dancing.

Teaching Philosophy 

Kevin is Lakota (Hunkpapa Band of Lakota Sioux) and Anishinabe.  It was from his mother; Patricia Locke, his uncle Abraham End-of-Horn, mentor Joe Rock Boy, and many other elders and relatives that Kevin received training in the values, traditions and language of his native culture for which he works tirelessly.  Kevin believes that by drawing upon, embracing, and celebrating our individual heritage we create a path to a vibrant global civilization.

Sample Residency Information

Residency Title:  Indigenous N.American flute making / playing (Residency in Hoop making and dancing also available!)

Grade Level: 5th grade and higher


Workshop sessions can include up to 30 - 40 students.

Each participant will make their own flute and learn to play basic songs.  Allow 2 - 21/2 hours for completion of each session.

These flutes are in the traditional tuning system and are also capable of playing ; chromatic, diatonic and two pentatonic scales.   The flutes are very versatile and are adaptable to any modern music curriculum.  A complete pedagogically sequenced curriculum guide is available.

Short Lesson Plan

  • Introduction to the Indigenous N. American flute

  • Construction of flutes

  • Pedagogically sequenced instruction of flute playing; learning songs by ear, reading "tab" notation, breathing techniques.