Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceCollege of Liberal Arts

Christopher Cayari

  • Assistant Professor, Music
  • Christopher Cayari joins the Purdue University faculty as Assistant Professor of Music Education in the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. 

    Dr. Cayari’s primary research interests are music making on YouTube and popular music ensembles. He is also interested in virtual identities, sexuality and masculinities, and educational technologies. Dr. Cayari has led various show, jazz, and classical choirs and has extensive musical theater experience both on stage and as a director. His teaching has awarded him the honor of being named on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent multiple semesters at the University of Illinois. He has developed virtual learning communities that have been used in traditional, hybrid, and online courses. He has conducted workshops and clinics about popular vocal stylings across the nation and has an international speaking record discussing technology and music education. 

    In 2016-2017, Dr. Cayari will be traveling to present at the Indiana Music Educators Conference in Fort Wayne, IN. and at the New Directions for Performance and Music Teacher Education in Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China. His research has recently or will soon appear in the Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, Tech Trends, and the International Journal of Community Music.

Department Information

Music // VPA // Faculty
Design, Art, and Performance // Faculty

Office Information

  • Courses

  • Music Education

  • Specialization

  • Music Education

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