Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Kyle Chandler

Director of Music Education

Asst. Director of Choral Activities/Director of Vocal Jazz


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
  • M.M.E., University of Northern Colorado
  • B.M.E., University of Northern Colorado

Teaching Specialties

  • Choral Music Education
  • Graduate Music Education & Research
  • Choral Music
  • Vocal Jazz/Contemporary A Cappella

Research Interests

  • Music Teacher Education Training
    • Choral Music Education Methods Courses
    • Undergraduate Music Education Curricula
  • Honor Ensemble Structures
    • All-State Choirs
    • All-State Vocal Jazz Choirs
  • Music Education in Higher Education
    • Music Education Faculty Workloads
    • Graduate Music Education Curricula


  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA-ArkACDA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • College Music Society (CMS)
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME-ArkMEA)
  • Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE – under the NAfME umbrella)
  • Society for Research in Education (SRME – under the NAfME umbrella)


Coordinator of Undergraduate and Graduate Music Education, Dr. Kyle Chandler is in his fifth year at Arkansas State University.  Chandler teaches choral methods, founded and conducts Delta Vox – a Vocal Jazz/Contemporary A Cappella Ensemble, formerly directed the Chamber Singers, teaches graduate music education courses, advises Master’s Theses and Capstone Projects, and serves on department, college, and university committees. Additionally, he is active in research, serves in professional organizations, and is the Head Distance Coach for the ASU Cross Country and Track & Field teams.

Helping undergraduate and graduate students grow into music teacher leaders is at the core of what drives Chandler’s passion for educating. “I get a huge kick out of watching students get better at what they want to do. It is a blast helping individuals find their dreams and partnering with them to identify the goals needed to achieve those dreams.”

Chandler knows something about finding your dream and working hard to reach it. “I’m living my dream job. I get to do music and sports – everyday – and get paid for doing what is fun! I don’t know how many people get to do that in life, but I do. I’m thankful that at Arkansas State I’ve been supported to teach music and coach athletics.” Chandler added that if ASTATE can support him in his dreams, certainly ASU students are encouraged and supported likewise.

Prior to his ASU appointment, Chandler worked at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. While there his responsibilities included teaching choral music education courses, directing the University Singers, teaching individual voice, and supervising student teachers. Additionally, Chandler functioned as the liaison with the College of Education and was the assessment coordinator for the Boeing ACE grant, a youth outreach program focused on developing leadership skills through music and the arts. Prior to the WSU position, he served as a graduate part-time instructor in music education while completing Ph.D. coursework at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Dr. Chandler has significant public school music teaching experience having taught for twelve years in Colorado, eight of those at Mountain View High School. Choirs and individuals under his direction earned many All-State and Regional Honor Choir berths as well as numerous Superior (I) Festival ratings, highlighted by the 2003 Outstanding Vocal Jazz Choir award in Colorado.

Jim Elsberry (Midland Lutheran University in Fremont, NE) as well as Galen Darrough, Howard Skinner, John Davis, Brad Rees, and Teresa Fraser (while at the Univ. of Northern Colorado in Greeley) have all provided Chandler with significant mentorship in developing his choral conducting skills. Several ensembles in which he sang under the direction of these individuals performed at State and Regional professional conventions, and as a member of UNC Vocal Jazz I was presented with the Down Beat magazine award for Outstanding College Vocal Jazz Choir.

Elza Daugherty (Univ. of Northern Colorado) as well as James Austin, Margaret Berg, Martina Miranda, Daniel Sher, Susan Williamson, and Susan Jurow (while at the Univ. of Colorado in Boulder) helped shape Chandler’s approach to music education and research. Chandler’s dissertation, A Survey of Choral Methods Instructors at NASM-Accredited Institutions: Pedagogical Content Knowledge Orientation and the Choral Methods Class, serves as one foundation for his research. Dr. Joshua Russell and Dr. Lori Gray have been contributors to Chandler’s research culminating in presentations and publications at the state, regional and national levels.

He and his wife, Jamie, have been blessed with nine children. The family resides in Jonesboro, Ark.

Kyle Chandler

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3793
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 134