Hector M. Vazquez-Cordoba

Hector M. Vazquez-Cordoba
PhD Candidate in Educational Studies
Department: Curriculum and Instruction
Area of expertise

Music education; Indigenous knowledge; Indigenous methodologies; Music with Indigenous roots

Areas of research/expertise

Curriculum studies;  Teaching and learning; Music education;Indigenous education; Indigenous knowledge; Indigenous methodologies; Music with indigenous roots 

What would you like others to know about you?

My name is Hector Vazquez, and I am originally from Mexico. I am currently in the last year of my PhD in Educational Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UVic, and I recently finished a certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. My research addresses the embedding of music with Indigenous roots into Mexico’s national curriculum for basic education. I am also involved in research projects with my supervisor regarding Indigenous perspectives in music education in the context of British Columbia K-12 curriculum.
I have been fortunate to work with a fantastic supervisor, Dr. Anita Prest. She has helped me in achieving my potential as a student, and most importantly, as a person. She always encourages me to apply to present my work in as many places as I can.

What have you done so far, or what do you hope to accomplish during your graduate degree at UVic?

Since I started my PhD program, I have presented in conferences hosted in countries such as United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Kenya, Germany, Finland, Scotland, and Portugal. Due to presenting in those conferences, I have been invited to speak in closing and initial plenary sessions. So far, what I have enjoyed the most is having the chance to get to know scholars in person who have shaped my academic journey via their books. I have been able to have conversations with them and receive meaningful feedback from them. I am currently supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship.