Christopher Cayari wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

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Alumnus Christopher Cayari (Ph.D. in Music Education, 2015), is one of two recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award of the Council for Research in Music Education (ODA).

This is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of Music Education Research, and Cayari is the first U of I graduate to win the award. His dissertation is entitled Virtual Vocal Ensembles and the Mediation of Performance on YouTube.

Reviewers were asked to consider how each dissertation:

  • Advanced overarching values of music education, broadly defined;
  • Employed rigorous and/or innovative methodologies;
  • Integrated research and theory grounded in a variety of intellectual traditions; and
  • Offered insightful implications for improving practice or forwarding theoretical constructs.
  • The winners of this award, including Dr. Cayari and his advisor (Dr. Barrett), will be honored at an event sponsored by the Council during the 2018 National Association for Music Education conference in Atlanta, GA.

  • Dr. Cayari is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Purdue University.

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