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Johnson, Shersten

Department of Music Chair; Professor of Music, Music Theory, and Composition
Degree
PhD 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
Department of Music, BEC 05
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Shersten Johnson, Professor of Music, teaches the full spectrum of music theory and composition courses at the University of St. Thomas.

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. Her publications appear in journals such as 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 “Music Analysis and Accessibility in the Music Theory Classroom,” in the Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy.

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 PhD in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctoral minor in Composition, a MM in Composition from California State University-Northridge and a BA in Music from Augsburg College, where her emphasis was in flute performance.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GMUS 611 - 01 Perspectives in Music Theory M - W - - - - 1800 - 2130

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2130

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30111 (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 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 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:

44116 (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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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 165 - 01 Elective: Music Comp 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

46296 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

.5 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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

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Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 165 - 02 Elective: Music Comp 30' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

47259 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

.5 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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

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MUSP 165 - 05 Elective: Music Comp 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

47262 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 165 - 06 Elective: Music Comp 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

47263 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 265 - 01 Applied BA: Music Comp 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

45721 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. Individual guidance and group meetings. Half-hour sessions. Prerequisite: MUSC 114 and 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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MUSP 265 - 02 Applied BA: Music Comp 50' - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

46270 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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. Individual guidance and group meetings. Half-hour sessions. Prerequisite: MUSC 114 and 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. https://stthomas.edu/music/lessons/

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J-Term 2021 Courses

J-Term 2021 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location