Gabriela Ocádiz is a PhD candidate in Music Education at Western University. Her doctoral work examines pragmatically and philosophically the experiences of music teachers interacting within highly diverse socio-cultural contexts, particularly within Canada. In the past, her research varied among the collection and transcription of children’s singing games from Mexico, to the critical understanding of the implications of teaching music from multiple traditions within Kodály approaches for music teaching. Gabriela received her Bachelor in Music Education from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and her Master in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Colorado State University.
Mirrors and Crystals: Reflecting Light on Immutable Music Traditions
In times of liquid transformation caused by global instability and immigration (Bauman, 2016), music education cannot rely on the teaching and learning of classical music literacy. In this article, I continue to challenge the belief that teaching music in contexts of increasing immigration and asylum-seeking means including multiple musical traditions in the curriculum (Bradley, 2009; Bradley, 2015). Drawing from literature that highlights the importance of meaningful curricula (Benedict, 2009; Benedict et al., 2015) I propose pedagogical adaptation through personal reflexive practices as a possibility to adapt to the challenges presented to us by the social world.