Edgar Cajas, PhD

  • Program Coordinator, Music Education
  • Associate Professor of Music


  • PhD Music Education, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • MM, Piano Performance, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • MCM, Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • BS, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala


Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Music Education
  • Elementary Methods
  • Music Appreciation
  • Capstone Senior Seminar

Teaching Focus

Dr. Cajas’ primary teaching focus is music education, art integration in the school curricula, children’s choirs, social inclusiveness in artistic education, multicultural church music and piano pedagogy.


Dr. Cajas has done extensive research on comparative music education leading to the publication of the book ”Music Education in Central America” distributed by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. He has also been a writer for LifeWay’s Children’s Choir Series.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Cajas has presented lectures and workshops on music education and worship practices in Latin American, United Sates, Italy and Spain. His most recent participation was at the First International Congress for Artistic Education in Mexico City. This important event sponsored by the Fine Arts Ministry attracted 12,500 art educators from Latin America and Spain.

He serves on the HBU Fine Arts assessment committee. He has received several honors including a proclamation by the Governor of Oklahoma for the establishment of the first accredited private school for music teachers in Guatemala City and the academic and cultural exchange programs between the University of Oklahoma and music schools in Central America. In addition, the Government of Guatemala awarded Dr. Cajas with the honorific status of Peace Ambassador for his contributions to education in this country. He is also a charter member of the Latin American Music Education Forum and member of the International Society for Music Education.

Additional Information

Before coming to HBU, he was Associate Professor of Music at the School of Music of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary where he taught Church Music Education, Music in Missions, and World Music courses. He has also been professor at Universidad Del Valle and San Carlos State University in Guatemala City, and visiting professor at the Presbyterian Seminary in Mexico City.

He has presented piano recitals in United States and South America and has served as pianist and organist in various churches. Currently he is organist at First United Methodist Church’s Westchase campus.

His hobbies include travel and interior design.

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