Kelly Bylica is a PhD student and Trillium Scholar in music education at Western University in London, Ontario. Her current research focuses on student lived experience as a creative and critical pedagogy. Prior to her doctoral work, Kelly taught general music and choir in Illinois and Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Humanities from Valparaiso University and a Master of Music in Music Education with departmental honors and a specialization in choral curriculum from Northwestern University. She has presented nationally and internationally on her work.
Subversive Rabble-Rousing: Interrupting School Silencing
Growing diversity in classrooms can lead to an educative atmosphere where critical conversations on topics of sociocultural difference are subverted and silenced. In this presentation, I identify several potential causes for sociocultural silencing within the curriculum and explore a pilot study conducted with secondary school students in an urban setting where students created soundscapes based on lived experiences. Through these soundscapes, students developed dialogue that aimed to interrupt sociocultural silencing. I use this study to examine how students may come to recognize the systemic and institutional oppressions that have led to the inequities in their school, community, and personal lives.