Aaron Wacker Ph.D.,M.M.

Assistant Professor in Music Education Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
School of Music


Aaron T. Wacker, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tulsa, teaches music education courses, applied tuba and euphonium, and co-conducts the University Symphonic Winds. He also serves as a liaison to the Department of Education. Before coming to TU, he taught at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO and as a k-12 teacher in private and public schools in Missouri and Colorado. Dr. Wacker’s research has been presented at music education state, national, and international conferences. Recent presentations have included Visions of Research in Music Education: The Conference (2019), the International Society for Music Education World Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan (2018), Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia (2018, 2016), and the College Band Directors National Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri (2017). He is published in the International Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Contributions to Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, Band and Orchestra Magazine, and The Colorado Music Educator. Dr. Wacker is also an experienced adjudicator and guest clinician, having worked with bands in several states.

Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.M., University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor of Music Education , University of Northern Colorado

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

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles

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.

Wacker, A., Scherer, A., Hampton, R., & Regier, B. (2019). Programming trends of Missouri Music Education Association Annual Conference (2009-2018).

Wacker, A. (2019). Lesson preparation and teacher knowledge in music education: A review of literature. .

Wacker, A. (2019). An Examination of Music Education Majors’ Perceptions of Lesson Planning. Contributions to Music Education.

Magazine/Trade Publications

Wacker, A. (2016). Thoughts on creating an effective lesson plan.

Wacker, A. (2015). I love research (and you can, too)! , 63(1), 16–17.

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