Christopher Johnson

Professor, Music Education & Music Therapy
Director, Division of Music Education & Music Therapy
Emphasis: Instrumental Music Education
Primary office:
785-864-9633
410 Murphy Hall

Ph.D. The Florida State University; M.M.E. The Florida State University; B.M.E. The Florida State University

Christopher M. Johnson, Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy, and the Associate Dean for the School of Music at the University of Kansas. Johnson earned the BME, MME, and PhD degrees from The Florida State University and came to the University of Kansas in 1992. Johnson previously served as director of bands at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Georgia, and instrumental music supervisor in Baldwin County, Georgia.

Since his arrival at The University of Kansas, Johnson has taught courses in Instrumental Conducting, Teaching Instrumental Music, Managing Behaviors in the Music Environment, Psychology and Acoustics of Music, and Research Methods in Music Education and Music Therapy. Johnson is currently the editor of the International Journal of Music Education: Research, the research publication of the International Society for Music Education. He has published articles in many journals including the Journal of Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Music Education, the Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Band Research, Contributions to Music Education, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, among others. Johnson has also been an active member of the Research Seminar with the International Society for Music Education. He has also served on the editorial board of theJournal of Research in Music Education. He currently serves as the Chair-Elect MENC Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education and is the United States Research Commissioner for the International Society for Music Education.

His research interests include applied research in music education, applied research in music therapy, and basic research in the psychology of music. Johnson also received a university teaching award, the Ned N. Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching and a lecturing & research award as a J. William Fulbright Scholar.


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