Danielle Sirek is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education and School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor, Canada. Prior to teaching in higher education, she taught preschool through grade 12 music in Canada and Grenada, West Indies. Sirek received her PhD from the Royal Northern College of Music, UK. Her teaching and research interests include music teacher education, intersections between music education and ethnomusicology, and sociology of music education. Danielle also sings with the Canadian Chamber Choir.
Music in/as “We Revo”: Singing the Revolution in Grenada, West Indies
In this study, I examine revolutionary musicking during the Grenada Revolution. I explore music-in-revolution—revolutionary calypso and reggae songs, marches, and hymns; places in which revolutionary music was performed; and the ways in which music was used as a propagandizing agent. I also explore music-as-revolution—exploring informants’ perceptions of musicking process as being revolution. In particular, I investigate the revolutionary singing that was ubiquitous in schools and the compulsory learning of revolutionary songs as part of school music education. I conclude with a reflection upon the relationship between school music learning and political agendas.