Music Education Resources

This page contains information regarding the College of Education, student teaching, lesson planning, and certification. If you are looking for your degree sequence, please visit our undergraduate resources page.

The mission of the UTA Music Education area is to empower current and future educators to be innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and investors in shaping the next generation of teachers. These educators will encourage students to be lovers of music while acknowledging the strength of equitable representation of culture, people, and their gifts.

TEA Requirements

All items below must be completed prior to your student teaching placement. Each of these components will be covered during the course of your music education sequence. If you do not complete the requirements during the assigned class or you transfer credits in to UTA, you will be required to complete the missing components on your own prior to receiving a student teaching placement.


The Mental Health Summary Report is discussed in MUSI 2112 Introduction to Music Education. In order to complete this requirement, students should:

  1. Review the Mental Health information located on the National Institute for Health website.
  2. Read the information about the five following disorders:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • ADHD
    • Autism
  3. Write a description or definition for each of the disorders and a few key points highlighting the knowledge you have gained about each disorder.
  4. Upload the summary to Canvas for MUSI 2112.
  5. Save the summary to your files to upload into TK20 when you purchase as part of MUSI 3316 Strategies and Assessment in Music Education.


The Substance Abuse Summary Report is discussed in MUSI 2112 Introduction to Music Education. In order to complete this requirement, students should:

  1. Review the Substance Abuse information located on the National Institute for Health website.
  2. Read the information about the three following additions:
    • Alcohol
    • Drug
    • Tobacco
  3. Write a few key points highlighting the knowledge you have received from this information.
  4. Upload the summary to Canvas for MUSI 2112.
  5. Save the summary to your files to upload into TK20 when you purchase as part of MUSI 3316 Strategies and Assessment in Music Education.

The Special Education Training is discussed in MUSI 3316 Strategies and Assessment in Music Education . In order to complete this requirement, students should:


  1. Watch Class-wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports.
  2. Create an account at The Iris Center.
  3. Add the following modules to your cart:
  4. Take the pre-test for each module
  5. Read through the material.
  6. Take the assessment at the end of each module to generate a completion certificate.
  7. Scan all the certificates into one document.
  8. Upload the certificates into Tk20 and give a copy to Dr. Lange.

The dyslexia training is discussed in MUSI 3316 Strategies and Assessment in Music Education. In order to complete this requirement, students should:

  1. Download the TEA dyslexia handbook and read.
  2. Navigate to
  3. Type in ‘dyslexia’ in the search bar.
  4. Select the course, TEA Dyslexia and select ‘Enroll.’
  5. Enter fields for first, middle (optional), and last name
  6. Enter and verify email address
  7. For TEA Uniq-ID, select ‘I don’t have one’
  8. For District/Charter, select ‘I don’t have one’
  9. For Current Assignment/Role, select ‘Certification Program Candidate’
  10. Finally, select ‘Enroll in course’
  11. Complete the course. Upload the certificate into Tk20 and give a copy to Dr. Lange.

NOTE: Before you can access the course, you will need to ‘finish the registration process’ (i.e., set up a new account with a password), which will be sent to you via the email address you entered and verified at the time of registration. After setting up your TEALearn account, you will ‘Access Your Dashboard’ to ‘Begin Course.'


The Youth Suicide Prevention Training is discussed in MUSI 3316 Strategies and Assessment in Music Education. In order to complete this requirement, students should:

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Click "Create a New Account" and go through the account creation process.
  3. Choose the National Version-Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention: ACT on FACTS
  4. Complete the entire training including optional modules.
  5. Upload the certificate into Tk20 and give a copy to Dr. Lange.


The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) Training is discussed in MUSI 3316 Strategies and Assessment in Music Education. In order to complete this requirement, students should:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the Texas Behavioral Support Initiative button.
  3. Click the course icon.
  4. Click the enroll button.
  5. Proceed through the account creation/registration process.
  6. Complete the training module (estimated time to completion is 2.5 hours).
  7. Complete the survey.
  8. Upload the certificate into Tk20 and give a copy to Dr. Lange.

Music Education Flow Chart

College of Education Information

Student Teaching Resources

The information you will need to successfully complete your student teaching is located here.

Student Teaching Resources


Tk20 is a comprehensive data management system for the College of Education.  You will need to purchase an individual Tk20 account for a one-time only, non-refundable cost of $139 (plus taxes and fees). 

The account is good for seven years after the purchase date and may be renewed at your option.

Tk20 Subscription and Login

Teacher Certification Portfolio Checklist

The Initial Teacher Certification Portfolio is used to track your progress along the path to certification. You will use this portfolio several times throughout your program and will submit it at or near the completion of student teaching.

Certification Portfolio Checklist

Apply to the College of Education

The College of Education liaison for Music Education majors is Dr. Lange

Once you have 12 hours remaining in your music courses, you should meet with Dr. Lange to apply to the College of Education. This is typically your Senior year when you are enrolled in Instrumental or Choral Materials.  You must be admitted to the College of Education before you enroll in any LIST or EDUC course.

Please note that the minimum cumulative GPA requirement for admittance to the College of Education is 2.75.

Email Dr. Lange

Enroll in College of Education Courses

Once you have been admitted to the College of Education, you must request to be cleared so that you can enroll in College of Education courses. You need to fill out the registration clearance request form located on the College of Education's website.

Registration Clearance Form

TExES Exam for Teacher Certification

Studying for the TExES Music Exam is a journey.  Those who study pass; those who do not study typically do not pass.  Dr. Lange will assist you with preparation for the TExES Music Exam and the TExES PPR Exam during MUSI 4117 (Field Experience in Music Pedagogy).

Learn about the TExES Exams

Margaret Brown, M.M Texas Tech University

Department of Music

Adjunct Professor

Area: Music Education

Margaret Brown


Office: FA 109

Bio: Margaret Brown is in the fifth 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. Serving as the Sigma Alpha Iota faculty advisor has been a highlight of this time at UTA. 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. At UTA, she continues to serve as the Camp Director of the Summer Strings Camp for middle and high school students, and performed in the Texas Conducting Workshop, Friends and Faculty Orchestra and serves as a faculty advisor for the Zeta Nu Collegiate Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. 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


Office: FA 109

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).

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


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


Area: Music Education

Diane Lange


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


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.