Dr. Anita Prest is Associate Professor of Music Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). She was born and raised in Montreal (Tiohtià:ke) and is of Italian descent. She is grateful to live and work on the beautiful, unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples. Guided by an Indigenous Steering Committee and alongside multi-First Nation, Métis, and non-Indigenous partners, she engages in community-based participatory research to examine the embedding of local Indigenous knowledge, pedagogies, and worldviews in British Columbia’s public school music classes. This ongoing research has been supported by three Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants. She recently was awarded a University of Victoria Faculty of Education Award for Excellence in Research. Anita teaches undergraduate music education courses to both secondary music specialist and elementary generalist teacher candidates, plus graduate research methodology courses. She is co-founder of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Decolonizing and Indigenizing Music Education special interest group, a member of the MayDay Steering Committee, and a commissioner for the ISME Commission on Policy: Culture, Education, and Media. Anita has presented papers in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Prior to her appointment at the University of Victoria, she taught K-12 music for 20 years in rural and metropolitan settings.
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