Kelly Bylica


Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education


B.M.E. Music Education & Humanities, Valparaiso University; MM, Northwestern University; PhD, Western University, Ontario


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Kelly Bylica holds degrees from Western University, Ontario (PhD, Music Education), Northwestern University, Illinois (M.M. in Music Education with honors), and Valparaiso University, Indiana (B.M.E. Music Education, Humanities).

Kelly’s scholarly interests are grounded in facilitating experiences that encourage music educators and students to challenge assumptions and develop critically artistic dispositions. Her recent work explores critical and creative learning projects as opportunities for incorporating multiple ways of knowing in music classrooms. More broadly, Kelly’s research agenda is focused on middle school musical experiences, curriculum development, critical pedagogy, and issues related to diversity and access in the music classroom. Kelly has presented on these and other topics at regional, national and international conferences including the NAfME Biennial Conference, Mayday Colloquium, the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, and the Research in Music Education Conference (RiME). She has also published chapters in Leadership In and Through Higher Music Education and Gender and the Music Industry, as well as articles in Music Education Research, The Journal for Popular Music Education, The British Journal of Music Education, and The Canadian Music Educators Journal, among others.

Kelly’s research agenda developed from her experiences as a middle-school and K-8 general music and choir teacher in Chicago, Illinois. She has also served on the teaching staff of several community-based youth music programs.

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