Robert Vagi is a Ph.D. student in the Education
Policy and Evaluation program at Arizona State University. Prior to
attending ASU, he was the band director and general music teacher at Ira A.
Murphy Elementary School in Peoria, AZ, where he developed several
innovative music programs that integrated hip-hop, rock, and popular music
and culture into the curriculum. These programs have been recognized both
locally and nationally as models for the future of music education, and have
been featured in Contemporary Music Education, Music Education in Your
Hands: An Introduction for Future Teachers, Teaching Music Magazine and Raising
Arizona Kids Magazine as well as on several local news
stations. Robert maintains an active speaking schedule as an invited
guest speaker at national conferences and at numerous colleges and
universities. His research on motivational psychology and merit pay among music
educators has been published in Arts Education Policy Review.
Robert holds a bachelors degree in music education from
Indiana University and a masters degree in music education from Arizona State