Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts/PAO
Christopher Cayari joins the Purdue University faculty as Assistant Professor of Music Education. He holds a master’s and a doctoral degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Christian College.
Dr. Cayari’s primary research interests are popular music ensembles and music making on YouTube. His other interests include virtual identities, sexuality and masculinities, and educational technologies. Dr. Cayari has led several successful show, jazz, and classical choirs and has extensive musical theater experience as a director and performer. Prior to this appointment he was consistently named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by his students at the University of Illinois, and has developed virtual learning communities that have provided innovative approaches to traditional, hybrid, and online courses.
Dr Cayari has conducted workshops and clinics about popular vocal stylings across the nation, and has spoken internationally about technology and music education. In 2016-2017, he will be traveling to present at the Indiana Music Educators Conference in Fort Wayne, IN, and then at the New Directions for Performance and Music Teacher Education in Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China. Publications include book chapters and journal articles in Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, Tech Trends, and the International Journal of Community.