Professional Practice Assistant Professor
Dr. Wheeler is from Logan, Utah and upon receiving his teaching credentials taught in Rexburg, Idaho at Madison High School in his first teaching position. Thereafter, he and his family moved back to Cache Valley and has taught there for the past 30 years. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Utah State University and completed his Ph. D. in Music Education at the University of Utah. He also studied saxophone and oboe extensively at the University of North Texas. His Ph. D. focused on conducting, oboe performance, and music education. While at the University of Utah, he conducted the Symphonic Band and taught courses in music education. His dissertation was based on a comparison study of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic teaching structures in the music classroom. These structures were also compared to the individual personalities of the teachers and students involved in the study. He has been listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has been recognized as teacher of the year three times in the Cache School District and was recognized Jr. High Teacher of the Year by Utah Music Educator’s Association. He has been recognized by MENC with the status of Nationally Registered Music Educator. Dr. Wheeler performs regularly as a freelance woodwind performer on all woodwind instruments. He adjudicates and works with school clinics on a regular basis throughout Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. He has performed with the Crestmark Productions Big Band, Larry Smith Kicks Band, Kurt Bestor, Shirly Jones, Joe Diffy, Maureen McGovern, KSL Tailgate Band, Marie Osmond, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Musical Theater, Sun Valley Carolers, James Groutage, Jay Richards, Jazz Pudding, and most recently Way Way East Bay. He has served as Vice President of Jazz on the Utah Music Educator’s Association Board. He continues his research and presents regularly on teaching methods and the young student. Dr. Wheeler has a wonderful wife, Julie, and four children of whom he is extremely proud.