Dr. Anita Prest

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Dr. Anita Prest

Assistant Professor, Music Education

PhD, University of British Columbia

MMus, University of Calgary

BMus, University of Victoria

Office:  MacLaurin A564

Phone:  250-472-4374

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  • Music education

  • Rural education

  • Social capital

  • Place-based and place-conscious education

  • Praxial music education philosophy

  • Critical pragmatism

  • Integrating Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in music education

My doctoral research concerned the contributions of bridging social capital fostered by school-community music education partnerships to rural vitality. My current research interest is to investigate the ways in which public school music educators in rural and metropolitan BC communities, together with Aboriginal community members, have facilitated local Indigenous knowledge, pedagogy, and cultural practices in music classes, schools, and communities, thereby contributing to students' cross-cultural understanding. I currently teach Curriculum & Instruction for Secondary School Music, Music in the Elementary Classroom 1 and 2, Teaching in Rural Communities, and Community and Culture.  In recent years, I have supervised secondary music student teachers on their practicums, drawing on twenty years of experience as an elementary and secondary school music educator in rural and metropolitan settings in British Columbia.

My recently completed doctoral research project (2014), The growth and contributions of bridging social capital to rural vitality via school-community music education partnerships, was supported by a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. It can be found at the University of British Columbia cIRcle repository.

My current SSHRC-supported research will examine the ways in which public school music educators in rural British Columbia, in partnership with First Nations and Métis community members, facilitate the appropriate integration of local Indigenous knowledge, pedagogy, and cultural practices in music classes, schools, and the broader community.

Prest, A. (2016). Editorial introduction: Recognizing the rural. [Special issue on rural education]. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 15(4), 1–11. doi:10.22176/act15.4.1

Prest, A. (2016). Social capital as a conceptual framework in music education research. [Special issue on rural education]. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 15(4). 127-60. doi:10.22176/act15.4.127

Prest, A. (2016). Mandatory culturally responsive music education in British Columbia, Canada: Possibilities, Challenges, and Implications. In Hung-Pai Chen, & Patrick Schmidt (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Biennial International Seminar Commission on Music Policy: Culture, Education, and Media. International Society for Music Education (pp. 384–413). Birmingham, UK: Birmingham City University. ISBN: 978-0-9942055-6-8

Prest, A., & Lin, C.-C. (2016). Youth inquiry, healing, and well-being via relational learning in the arts. AERA Online Paper Repository.

Prest, A. (in press). Cultural bridging: The contributions of bridging social capital to cross-cultural understanding via school-community music education partnerships in rural B.C. In T. Imada (Ed.), Proposing a new music education view through non-European sound practices (27 pages). Hirosaki, Japan: Hirosaki University Press.

Prest, A. (2013). Challenges and place-based responses for music education in rural British Columbia: A UBC Study. Canadian Music Educator, 55(2), 11-19.

Prest, A. (2013). Weaving First Nations cultural practices into music education in British Columbia. Japanese Journal of Music Education Research, 43(2), 15-21.

Prest, A. (2013). The corporatization of schooling and its effects on the state of music education: A critical Deweyan perspective. Action, Criticism, & Theory for Music Education Journal, 12(3), 31-44. Retrieved from http://act.maydaygroup.org/articles/Prest12_3.pdf 

Prest, A. (2013). The importance of context, reflection, interaction, and consequence in rural music education practice. Journal of Research in Rural Education28(14), 1-13. Retrieved from http://sites.psu.edu/jrre/wp-content/uploads/sites/6347/2014/02/28-14.pdf 

Prest, A. (2013). Towards an Enriched Rural Conception of Music Curriculum and Pedagogy. Michigan Music Educator, 51(1)12-14Retrieved from http://www.mmeamichigan.org/michigan-musiceducator/journals-online.

Prest, A. (2012). Weaving First Nations ways of musicing into British Columbian school music education curricula. In J. Scott Goble & Tadahiko Imada (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Biennial International Seminar Commission on Music Policy: Culture, Education, and Media. International Society for Music Education (pp. 119-126). Vancouver: University of British Columbia.

Prest, A. (2011). Widening the boundaries of music education in a small rural BC town: A case study. In B. Bolden, & M. Kennedy (Eds.), Widening the boundaries of music education (pp. 21-32). Victoria, BC: University of Victoria.