Robert Vagi

Robert Vagi

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 University.