Aaron Wacker

Aaron Wacker
Assistant Professor of Music Education
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2768 Lorton Performance Center Room 2160


PhD – University of Missouri Bachelor of Music Education – University of Northern Colorado MM – University of Northern Colorado


Aaron T. Wacker is the Coordinator of Music Education at The University of Tulsa where he teaches courses in music education, supervises student teachers, co-conducts the Symphonic Wind ensemble, coaches brass quintets, and teaches tuba and euphonium lessons.

Previously, he was a professor of instrumental music at Missouri Valley College in Marshal, MO and taught secondary musical ensembles and general elementary music in Colorado and Missouri.

As an active music education researcher, Dr. Wacker has presented at state, national, and international conferences including the Missouri Music Education Association annual conference (2016, 2017, 2018, & 2020), Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (2019), the International Society for Music Education conference in Baku, Azerbaijan (2018), Visions of Research in Music Education international conference in Princeton, NJ (2019), and the Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (2016 & 2018).

He is published in the International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Visions of Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Band and Orchestra Magazine, and The Colorado Music Educator

Dr. Wacker received his doctorate in music education from the University of Missouri, master’s degree in music education with a wind conducting emphasis at the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Research Interests

Rehearsal preparation and lesson planning
Music pedagogical content knowledge
Virtual reality in rehearsal and conducting preparation,
Preservice teacher preparation.


Journal Articles

  • Wacker, A. T., Scherer, A., Hampton, R. & Regier, B. (In Press). Programming trends of large ensembles at the Missouri music educators association conference (2009–2018). Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education

  • Wacker, A. T. (2019). An Examination of Music Education Majors’ Perceptions of Lesson Planning. Contributions to Music Education, 44, 97-125.

  • Wacker, A. T. (2018). Effects of differing content knowledge types on perceptions of novices’ rehearsal effectiveness: An exploratory Study. Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education (53).

  • Silvey, B A., Regier, B., & Wacker, A. T. (2018). Effects of Wind Ensemble Seating Arrangements on College Musicians’ Perceptions of Musical Performance. International Journal of Music Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0255761418771103

  • Silvey, B. A., Wacker, A. T., & Felder, L. (2017). Effects of baton usage on college musicians’ perceptions of ensemble performance. International Journal of Music Education, 35(3), 333-342. doi:10.1177/0255761416667465

  • Wacker, A. T., & Silvey, B. A. (2016). Programming trends of southeastern conference wind ensembles (2009–2014). Journal of Band Research, 52(1), 29-43.

  • WackerA. An Examination of Music Education Majors’ Perceptions of Lesson Planning.
  • WackerA. Lesson preparation and teacher knowledge in music education: A review of literature.
  • WackerA., SchererA., HamptonR., & RegierB. Programming trends of Missouri Music Education Association Annual Conference (2009-2018).

Magazine/Trade Publications

Courses Taught

  • Musical Experience
  • Tuba
  • Chamber Music Ensembles
  • Introduction to Education
  • Music in the Secondary Schools
  • Student Teaching in Elementary School
  • Student Teaching in Senior High School
  • Euphonium
  • First Seminar
  • Senior Seminar
  • Elementary Music Education
  • Music Technology

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association for Music Education
  • Oklahoma Music Education Association
  • College Band Directors Association
  • International Tuba Euphonium Association
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association
  • Oklahoma Bandmasters Association
  • Green Country Oklahoma Orff