Michael Crawford

Lecturer in Music Education


Instrumental Studies, Percussion, Music Education

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Michael Crawford is an active musician, adjudicator, and educator based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area metroplex. He serves as a full-time lecturer in Music Education at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he coordinates the College of Music’s student teaching program, instructs undergraduate music education courses, coordinates the Percussion Methods courses, and is the primary administrator of the percussion division’s instrument inventory. Dr. Crawford holds a B.M. in music education, an M.M. in percussion performance, and a Ph.D. in music education.

Prior to his appointment at UNT, Dr. Crawford maintained a 10-year teaching career as a Texas public school assistant band director and percussion coordinator. His other collegiate teaching experiences include a Lecturer of Percussion appointment at Tarleton State University (2011-2014) and serving as the drumline instructor/arranger for the Baylor University Golden Wave Marching Band (2013-2017). 

Dr. Crawford has performed throughout the United States and Europe with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Chorus, Lone Star Wind Orchestra Percussion Ensemble, and the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. He has presented research, featured clinics, and showcase concerts at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) conferences.

Dr. Crawford has published articles in the Journal of Music Teacher Education and The Instrumentalist, in addition to musical compositions and arrangements through C. Alan Publications. He is a Percussive Arts Society Education Committee member, a certified Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy educator, and a Pearl Drums/Adams Regional Marching Percussion Artist.