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Johnson, Shersten

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory, Composition
Degree
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
Brady Educational Center 109C
Phone
(651) 962-5892
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5892
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., BEC 5
St. Paul, MN 55105

Shersten Johnson, Associate Professor of Music Theory, teaches courses in music theory and composition at the University of St. Thomas including the full spectrum of undergraduate music theory courses, orchestration, counterpoint, and music appreciation, as well as graduate-level courses in music theory and analysis and musicianship. She also teaches individual composition and aural-skills lessons, and has taught a number of interdisciplinary honors seminars with other St. Thomas Faculty in Film and Software Engineering.

Dr. Johnson’s interests include contemporary opera and art song, as well as embodied cognition and disability studies. She has presented her research in the United States, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia, and her publications appear in Music Theory Spectrum, Music & Letters, Music Theory Online, Opera Today, PsyArt, Music Educator's Journal, Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy and The Journal of Music and Meaning. She is author of “Understanding is Seeing: Music Analysis and Blindness” in the Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, as well as forthcoming articles: “Recitatives and Late Style in Britten’s Death in Venice” in Benjamin Britten: A Century of Inspiration and "Embodied Rhythm and Musical Impact of Ritualized Violence in 20th-century Opera," in the Oxford Handbook on Music and the Body. She is the recipient of many grants and prizes including the Westrup Prize for Distinguished Article for “Britten’s Musical Syllables” in Music & Letters, (2006)

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Johnson is active in the Society for Music Theory and Music Theory Midwest. She is also involved with the Disability Studies Interest Group of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory.  Dr. Johnson serves as Assistant Chair of the St. Thomas Music Department, and as Director of the Arts and Letters Division of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctoral minor in Composition, a M.M. in Composition from California State University-Northridge, and B.A. in Music from Augsburg College, where her emphasis was in flute performance. In addition to St. Thomas, she has held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Kansas.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 593 - 02 Perf Study: Composition 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41157 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson

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MUSC 113 - 01 Music Theory & Aural Skills I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 BEC 111
CRN: 40343 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson This course, designed for those intending to major or minor in music, covers basic materials and structures of music, approached through analysis and experience. This course is the first of a four-semester sequence that integrates sight- singing and ear training with the analysis of harmony, form and contrapuntal procedures from the 16th through the 21st centuries. Assignments include the development of compositional and arranging skills. Lecture plus 90 minutes laboratory per week. Offered fall semester.

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MUSC 213 - 01 Music Theory & Aural Skill III M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 BEC 111
CRN: 40402 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson Continuation of MUSC 114. Offered in fall semester. Prerequisites: MUSC 114 or successful placement exam.

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MUSP 113 - 01 Perf Study: Aural Skills 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41328 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson This course is designed to help students prepare to demonstrate aural skills proficiency. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 113 - 02 Perf Study: Aural Skills 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41537 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson This course is designed to help students prepare to demonstrate aural skills proficiency. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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MUSP 165 - 01 Perf Study: Music Comp 30' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40719 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson The course aims at developing the student's own imagination and musical style, as well as providing studies for the developing of technical and notational skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 114 or permission of instructor. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

Schedule Details

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MUSP 165 - 02 Perf Study: Music Comp 50' - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40766 1 Credit Hours Instructor: Shersten R. Johnson The course aims at developing the student's own imagination and musical style, as well as providing studies for the developing of technical and notational skills. Prerequisite: MUSC 114 or permission of instructor. Students must complete an online Lesson Registration Form with the music department in addition to registering through Murphy. Please got to the following link and read the ‘Registration’ section. http://www.stthomas.edu/music/undergraduate/lessons

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J-Term 2018 Courses

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Spring 2018 Courses

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