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Johnson, Shersten

Department of Music Chair; Professor of Music, Music Theory, and Composition
Degree
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
Brady Education 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, Professor of Music, teaches the full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate music theory courses at St. Thomas as well as individual composition and aural-skills lessons, and interdisciplinary honors seminars.

Dr. Johnson’s interests include contemporary opera and art song, as well as embodied cognition, disability studies, and theories of music pedagogy. 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, “Recitatives and Late Style in Britten’s Death in Venice” in Benjamin Britten: A Century of Inspiration, "Embodied Rhythm and Musical Impact of Ritualized Violence in 20th-century Opera" in the Oxford Handbook on Music and the Body, and an upcoming contribution to the Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy on Music Analysis and Accessibility.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Johnson is active in the Society for Music Theory and serves as Chair of the Music Department.

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 taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Kansas.

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 611 - 01 Perspectives in Music Theory M - W - - - - 1800 - 2130 BEC 111

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M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

30118 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Shersten R. Johnson

Creative construction of conceptual frameworks that blend traditional analytical techniques with recent trends in music theory scholarship. Development of methodology for the perceptual and reflective study of musical process, style and meaning. Critical listening, score reading, composing and writing about music.

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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
MUSC 113 - 01 Music Theory & Aural Skills I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 BEC 111

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

BEC 111

Course Registration Number:

40301 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
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