Music Education

The Bachelor of Music prepares the student for certification in All Level Choral Certification and All Level Instrumental Certification. When requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree are completed, an application is made to the College of Education and Health Professions for completing courses in preparation for receiving a Texas Teacher Certificate. Numerous courses in instrumental and choral conducting, instrumental and choral methods, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion class, early childhood music, elementary music, strategies and assessment in music pedagogy, and introduction to music pedagogy are offered to help prepare students for careers in music education.

Faculty

Dr. Chris Evans, D.M.A. University of Oklahoma

Department of Music

Assistant Professor in Practice, Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Maverick Marching Band

Area: Marching Band, Winds and Percussion

Chris Evans

Email: christopher.evans@uta.edu

Office: FA 314

Bio: Dr. Chris Evans is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Maverick Marching Band at UTA. In addition to the marching band, Dr. Evans teaches the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Marching Band Techniques, and Instrumental Methods and Materials. Previously, Dr. Evans was the Associate Director of Bands at Flower Mound High School. While at Flower Mound, he primarily taught the Concert Band and the JV marching band while assisting with all other aspects of the program. Dr. Evans also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Juan Seguin High School and was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU he assisted with the concert ensembles, the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, and conducted the women’s basketball band for 2 years. Before graduate school, he taught middle school in Georgia for three years. Dr. Evans, a native of Birmingham, Alabama earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary).

Dr. Diane Lange, Ph.D. Michigan State

Department of Music

Professor

Area: Music Education

Diane Lange

Email: lange@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2434

Office: FA 367-B

Bio: Diane Lange is Professor and Music Program Director of Field Experience where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Music Education. Dr. Lange received her Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Additionally, she taught elementary music for ten years in Michigan and Nevada. She received her Orff Levels at Memphis State University and Gordon Institute for Music Learning Levels from Michigan State University. She has presented several national and international pedagogical workshops. Her research interest includes combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, and developing curricular material for elementary-aged students. Dr. Lange has published three books, numerous book chapters and articles, and is a co-author for Jump Right In: The Elementary Music Curriculum, Grades Kindergarten and 5. Dr. Lange was president for the National Gordon Institute for Music Learning and North Texas chapter of American Orff Schulwerk Association, and was regional representative for Early Childhood Music and Movement Association where she hosted an Early Childhood Music Conference. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Lange’s service to the university has included Area Coordinator of Music Education, Associate Chair of the Music Department, Curriculum Chair, and currently she is the chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Dr. Lange has received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Crawford AuSable School District and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Arlington in spring 2019.

Dr. John Wayman, Ph.D., Fine Arts, Texas Tech University

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Choral Music Education

John Wayman

Email: john.wayman@uta.edu

Office: FA 367-A

Bio: Dr. John Wayman is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he conducts the University Singers and guides our future choral music educators. Prior to his arrival to UTA, Wayman served as Music Education Coordinator and Director of the Concert Choir at Young Harris College in Georgia. Dr. Wayman has a BAMEd from Wayland Baptist University, a MMEd and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. As a choral director, Dr. Wayman brings a wealth of information having worked with all levels (elementary-college in Texas and Georgia) in a variety of settings. He is in great demand as an adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with school music programs and directing honor choirs throughout the nation. Dr. Wayman’s areas of specialty consist of the male changing voice, music as an educational tool for the traditional classroom and the development of the preservice teacher. His research has been presented regularly at professional conferences in state (Texas Music Educators Association, Tennessee MEA and Georgia MEA), nationally (National Association for Music Educators, Society of Research for Music Education, Society of Music Teacher Educators) and international venues (International Society of Music Education [Greece and Brazil] , Research in Music Education [England], PASME [Uganda], and most recently working with the choirs and future music educators at the University of Internationalities in Chengdu, China). His work can found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Teaching Music, Georgia Music News and Symposium on Music teacher Education: Enacting Shared Visions.

Dr. Sergio Espinosa, D.M.A. The University of Iowa

Department of Music

Associate Professor

Area: Music Education

Sergio Espinosa

Email: espinosa@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2445

Office: FA 304-A

Bio: Mexican conductor and violinist, Dr. Espinosa is the Music Director of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. He combines his time here with his position as Senior Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization in Wales, UK. He also maintains an active schedule as clinician in Texas and beyond. Dr Espinosa studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Diplôme de Capacité Professionnelle de Violon), Ithaca College, New York, (Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting), and received his DMA in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Iowa. His activities as orchestral conductor includes Music Director with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Florence, Alabama; assistant conductor with the Orchestre de L'Université de Fribourg, Switzerland; and assistant conductor with the Orchestre Philharmonique Rhodanien, Tournon, France. He has also guest-conducted the Las Colinas-Arlington-Garland Symphony, Rome Festiva Orchestral, Rome, Italy; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo León; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán; the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guanajuato; Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico. As a violinist, Dr. Espinosa has been a member of the string quartet Boccherini in Spain and has played with many orchestras, including Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâel in Switzerland, Orchestre Municipal de Besançon in France, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain, Orquesta Do Norte de Portugal, and Fredonia Chamber Players, Cedar Rapids Symphony, and Quad-City Orchestra in the United States. Dr. Espinosa has led numerous teacher training workshops in different cities such as Sion and Lausanne, Switzerland; Hong-Kong, China; Bogota, Colombia; Calgary, Vancouver, Winnipeg in Canada; New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Denver, Albuquerque, Houston, Columbus, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, in the USA among others.

Jeffrey King, M.M. Trumpet Performance, Southern Methodist University

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

Jeffrey King

Bio: Jeffrey King has recently joined The University of Texas at Arlington Music Education Faculty. Prior to this appointment, Mr. King served as the Director of Fine Arts for the Irving Independent School District where he oversaw all aspects of the Fine Arts Programs in the district. Prior to his administrative duties in Irving ISD, Jeff King was a Texas band director for 31 years. The majority of his teaching career was spent in Duncanville ISD, with 26 years’ experience, culminating as Director of Bands for his last five years. In 2008, Mr. King was co-conductor of the Wind Ensemble, which was selected as the 5A High School State Honor Band. Mr. King co-authored a band warm-up and technique book entitled Foundations for Superior Performance and The Complete Instrument Reference Guide for Band Directors. These texts are widely used throughout North America, Australia, Japan and China. He has presented workshops in over 25 states as well as Canada. In 2007, Mr. King was the Chief Adjudicator for the Melbourne Band Festival held in Melbourne, Australia. In the summers of 2011 and 2019, Mr. King traveled to China, presenting clinics to band directors and students across the country. From 2011-2018, Mr. King served on the Texas Bandmasters Association Board, proudly serving as TBA President in 2017. His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, and the honorary music fraternity Phi Beta Mu.

Margaret Brown, M.M Texas Tech University

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

Margaret Brown

Email: margaret.brown@uta.edu

Office: FA 109

Bio: Margaret Brown is in the second year of her second career as Adjunct Assistant Music Professor at UT Arlington. She serves in the String Music Education Department and as University Supervisor of Music Education Clinical Teachers. Ms. Brown joined the UTA faculty in 2020, after retiring from 34 years as a public school teacher at high schools and middle schools in the Grand Prairie, Tyler, Lubbock and McKinney Independent School Districts. Ms. Brown had earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Wesleyan University, where she studied with Dr. Robert McCashin. While in Lubbock, she added a Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University, studying with Dr. Virginia Kellogg. Ms. Brown served for two years as an Adjunct Music Professor at Texas Tech and as the Master Teacher for the Texas Tech String Project. She also was Conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony String Orchestra. A pioneer in bringing orchestral music to previously unserved schools, Ms. Brown began the Irons Junior High School Orchestra when the school opened in Lubbock in 1989. In 2005, she and Ruth Kurtis accepted the challenge of founding the McKinney ISD Orchestra. Dr. Deborah Perkins had begun the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra, which created a need for the school orchestra program. As Director of Orchestras at both Irons Junior High and McKinney North High School, Ms. Brown quickly grew those into University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes Award-winning programs that included chamber music and full orchestras. She also instituted monthly Chamber Music Nights at McKinney North. In her first year at UTA, she was the Director of the Summer Strings Camp for middle and high school students, and performed in the Texas Conducting Workshop. Ms. Brown has traveled extensively in Europe as a performer and conductor with the Texas Youth Orchestra and Choir under Dr. Perkins’s direction. The group performed in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic, England, Wales and Scotland. For five years, Ms. Brown served on the Executive Board of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, including one year as president. She also was President and Treasurer of the Texas American String Teachers Association, and Secretary and Orchestra Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association Region 16. She is an active adjudicator for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and a conductor and clinician for All-Region orchestras and orchestras across Texas. Her other memberships include Mu Omicron and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional fraternity for women in the field of music. Ms. Brown has been honored and included in “Who’s Who Among American Women,” “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” “Who’s Who in Music,” and “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” She is proud of her designation as PTA Lifetime Membership Honoree.

David Dunham, M.M. Baylor University

Department of Music

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

David Dunham

Email: david.dunham@uta.edu

Office: FA 366

Bio: David Dunham is a retired Texas band director with 33 years of classroom teaching experience primarily at the middle school level. The last 19 years of his career were spent in Frisco ISD leading Clark MS and later Fowler MS until his retirement in May of 2019. His ensembles in Frisco ISD have received top awards “Sweepstakes” Award for the last 17 consecutive years and is a 4 time TMEA Honor Band State Finalist. In 2013, the Fowler MS Symphony won the Texas Music Educators Association Middle School Honor Full Orchestra, and in 2015 Fowler MS was the only Middle School Percussion Ensemble in the nation invited to perform and Percussive Arts Society Internal Conference (PASIC). Recently, the Fowler MS Symphonic Band was selected as the Outstanding Middle School Band and Outstanding Middle School Brass for the 2019 Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational Windband Festival. The Jazz program at Fowler MS is one of the the largest in the nation with three competing jazz bands and a 4th jazz band, the 55 member Beginning Jazz Band that starts rehearsing weekly each Spring. The Jazz Band at Fowler was the first ever national winner of the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors in 2010. In 2018 the Fowler MS Jazz Band 1 won first ever State Champion in the state of Texas and performed in San Antonio as the first ever Invited Middle School Jazz Band in history of The Texas Music Educators Association. There are dozens of former students who achieved Texas All-State Band and Jazz Band, and dozens of former students teaching and/or performing in colleges and conservatories across the country, including three from the Eastman Conservatory of Music in New York, and a former student who has won a Grammy Award. In addition to teaching High Brass Methods at UTA, Mr. Dunham is an active band consultant, clinician, conductor, mentor, band recruiting specialist, national adjudicator, and a frequent contributor to The Instrumentalist national band and orchestra magazine, He is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, received his masters degree in music education from Baylor University, and has pursued classes towards a doctorate at the University of North Texas. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters Association, the American Band Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and an active member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Originally from Austin, Texas Mr. Dunham has two grown sons and resides in an “empty nest” with his wife of 30 years Dr. Jocelyn Dunham in Flower Mound, Texas (a suburb of Dallas).

Kathy Draves, M.M. The University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Lecturer

Area: Music Education

Kathy Draves

Email: karen.draves@uta.edu

Office: FA 366

Randy Lyle, M.M. in Violin Performance, The University of Texas at Arlington

Department of Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Area: Strings, Music Education

Randy Lyle

Bio: Randy Lyle currently serves as the Music Director of the B Sharp Youth Music Program, an El Sistema-inspired, free music education program based in Fort Worth. He has taught privately for 13 years, working with several school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as maintaining his own at-home studio. As a performer, he has played with various orchestras, including the Texarkana Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, and Fort Smith Symphony. A native of Arlington, Mr. Lyle earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, studying with Dr. Martha Walvoord.