Alexis Kallio

Alexis Kallio
Griffith University · Queensland Conservatorium

Doctor of Music; B Mus (Mus Ed) Hons I; B SocSci (Criminology)

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Introduction
Dr. Alexis Anja Kallio is a specialist in the politics of music education, with a particular focus on diversity and equity issues in university, school, and community settings.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
Griffith University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2016 - December 2019
Sibelius Academy
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2010 - present
Sibelius Academy
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
August 2010 - November 2015
University of the Arts Helsinki
Field of study
  • Music Education
January 2004 - December 2007
The University of Sydney
Field of study
  • BMus (Music Ed) Hons I
January 2001 - December 2003
UNSW Sydney
Field of study
  • BSocSci (Criminology)

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Publications (30)
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Music education in the Nordic countries in notable for its relatively early inclusion of popular music genres. Widely equipped with instruments such as guitars and drum kits, and focused on hands-on approaches to music-making, Nordic classrooms serve as models for many nations where this process is still in its early stages (Allsup 2011). The growi...
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The introduction of popular musics to the school classroom has been justified from a variety of angles, many of which are related to matters of inclusion and democracy. However, the antagonistic ethos of punk raises questions as to the place of such musics in school contexts that endeavour to educate students not only academically, but socially. Dr...
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The Indigenized arts-based inquiry reported in this article addresses matters of equality in Finland’s extracurricular arts education system, as experienced by Indigenous Sámi artists, arts educators, scholars, and community leaders. Challenging national narratives of cultural homogeneity and egalitarianism, this research identifies aspects of this...
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In this article, we report an instrumental case study of extracurricular music education as an arena and means for securing the capability for self-determination among Finland’s Indigenous Sámi population. Finland’s egalitarian approach to education is rooted in complex, and at times contradictory, colonial legacies, raising questions as to whether...
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Whilst increasing attention is paid to decolonizing music education practice in the classroom, the research processes by which scholars identify, understand, and evaluate anti-colonial or decolonizing work are often entrenched in colonial logics themselves. The politics of knowledge and knowledge production between indigenous epistemes and the Acad...
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Music has been welcomed to juvenile justice institutions as a transformative practice supporting the rehabilitation of youth offenders to citizens. However, acknowledging that such institutions are not neutral instruments of the law but political arenas within which notions of ideal citizenship are imposed and contested, the transformative work of...
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This article presents a synthesis of findings from a large-scale research project, the Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks—Co-developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal ( https://sites.uniarts.fi/web/globalvisions/home ), and conveys its theoretical and practical explorations and insights. By envisioning 21...
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Highlighting the need for teacher education programs to respond to rapidly diversifying societies, this article reports a qualitative metasynthesis of intercultural outreach projects in music teacher education, conceptualizing these projects as a “pedagogy of interruption.” Results show that such outreach projects interrupt the individualistic fram...
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The Politics of Diversity in Music Education attends to the political structures and processes that frame and produce understandings of diversity in and through music education. Recent surges in nationalist, fundamentalist, protectionist, and separatist tendencies highlight the imperative for music education to extend beyond nominal policy agendas...
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Recent research in music education has emphasized the importance of reflexive approaches in unsettling the concept of a neutral, objective researcher and critically considered the ways in which cultural others are represented in research texts. Seen to enhance both the rigor and ethical dimensions of research practice, reflexivity has emerged as a...
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Embracing an ethos of sharing music and practices across cultural boundaries, the multicultural vision of music (teacher) education has paid scarce attention to the paradox of freedom that arises between such freedoms and the complex politics that frame and constrain teachers’ choices and values. In this article, we explore these demands of profess...
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This open access book examines the political structures and processes that frame and produce understandings of diversity in and through music education. Recent surges in nationalist, fundamentalist, protectionist and separatist tendencies highlight the imperative for music education to extend beyond nominal policy agendas or wholly celebratory dive...
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Alexis Anja Kallio concludes the volume by exploring how music teachers and teacher educators might ethically engage with expressions of hate in the music classroom, with such expressions seen as one manifestation of the irreconcilable conflicts inherent in pluralist societies. She argues that the outright censorship and silencing of such expressio...
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Recognizing and ethically engaging with the inherent diversity of music education contexts demands a continuous interrogation of the norms and values underpinning policy and practice in music teacher education. In doing so, teachers and students in higher education are challenged to question why and how students are socialized into particular music...
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The intensifying diversity and fast-paced social change characterizing contemporary societies requires music education policy and practice to contend with various and at times conflicting musical and cultural values and understandings. In Nepal this situation is intensified, with a music education curriculum adopted by the Ministry of Education in...
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Despite many music classrooms welcoming popular musics in striving towards an inclusive and democratic education, there has been relatively little research into teachers’ decisions regarding which popular musics are included and which are excluded from classroom activities. This is of particular interest taking into account arguments that the norms...
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In recent years, popular music has been promoted as a particularly democratic and inclusive means to encourage music-making and learning in schools. However, at the same time, scholars have argued that certain popular musics are inappropriate for young people, particularly in formal education contexts. Through exploring the censorship processes by...
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Popular music has often been promoted as an accessible, readily intelligible, engaging, authentic medium for young music students. Including a variety of popular musics in school lessons has also been regarded as a more relevant approach to teach young people, establishing a continuum between school activities, and their musical worlds beyond class...
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Cambodia’s recent history of conflict and political instability has resulted in a recognized need to recover, regenerate, preserve and protect the nation’s cultural heritage. Many education programmes catering for disadvantaged youth have implemented traditional Khmer music and dance lessons, suggesting that these programmes share the responsibilit...
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Stories have been one means by which qualitative researchers have attempted to engage participants and construct, analyze and present data or findings in a meaningful way. In this article, I look at the impetus for, and potentials of crafting and sharing researcher-written factional stories with research participants as a means to generate rich, me...
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The apparent ideological tensions between popular musics and formal school contexts raise significant issues regarding teachers’ popular repertoire selection processes. Such decision-making may be seen to take place within a school censorship frame, through which certain musics and their accompanying values are promoted, whilst others are suppresse...
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In an increasingly globalized world, characterized by diversity and change, the relevance of authenticity in classroom contexts has been questioned in recent multicultural music education scholarship. This article examines the academic discourses of authenticity in music education, and explores the epistemic issues and knowledge-related discourses...
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Music often features as a tool for the communication and creation of national identity, and has often been included in music education curricula as a means to enculturate students into a unified citizenry. This instrumental multiple case study explores patriotic sentiments as they appear in the music education policies and practices of two countrie...
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The aim of this research was to investigate the characteristics of Finnish joulumusiikki (Christmas music) concerts and sing-alongs—popular events attended by over one-fifth of Finnish people. Joulumusiikki events were studied through ethnographic observations and interviews conducted at five prominent Christmas music venues in the capital city, He...

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Six research groups in the ARTSEQUAL project reinterpret the traditional position of the arts in Finland by regarding them as a basic service that should be available equally for all and that contributes to well-being across a wide range of life domains. From the perspectives of equality and well-being, the project produces new knowledge on how already existing arts services can be developed in order to enhance citizen creativity and communal engagement. The research groups will apply systems thinking in order to comprehend the social impacts of the arts, and analyse how participatory artistic and arts-educational interventions in schools, basic arts education and in social and health services impact well-being. The project will propose policy recommendations to support political decision-making and consolidate new arts services. The project is carried out in close collaboration with ministries, regional state administration, municipalities, and NGOs.
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The “Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks” research project, coordinated by the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy in Finland, seeks to co-develop intercultural music teacher education by engaging three different institutions, and their respective music teacher educators and researchers, in processes of collaborative and research-based learning. The three institutions involved are the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv and the Nepal Music Center in Kathmandu. The ultimate aim is to envision programmes of music teacher education which will equip students with the necessary skills and understandings to work within increasingly diverse environments. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland during the years 2015-2019.
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The ArtsEqual research initiative, coordinated by the University of the Arts Helsinki, examines the arts as public service, with equality as the starting point, and explores how the arts can meet the social challenges of the 2020s. In ArtsEqual, my research focuses on arts-based work in health, welfare and care contexts.