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Dr. Randolph Johnson

TITLE:Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities, and Associate Professor of Music
DEPARTMENT:College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Arts and Humanities
LOCATION:Nicholson Mitchell 112
SWU P.O. BOX:1876

Dr. Randolph Johnson serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Music at Southern Wesleyan University. Dr. Johnson has experience teaching courses in music theory, composition, technology, applied low brass, Christian worldview, and music appreciation. Prior to joining the SWU community, he taught at Oklahoma Baptist University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The Ohio State University.

He has conducted research in faith integration, orchestration, mental practice techniques, tempo, facial expression, song lyrics, performance practice, and piano duet music. These projects have led to presentations at conferences hosted by the Society for Music Theory, Society for Music Cognition and Perception, College Music Society, London School for Advanced Study, and Society for Christian Scholarship in Music. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, Research Studies in Music Education and Empirical Musicology Review; peer-reviewed for Musicae Scientiae; and written as a guest for The Twelve blog.

In addition to creating and studying music, he deeply enjoys playing music. Dr. Johnson has performed with orchestras throughout the Midwest including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. His solo performance highlights include a performance at the International Trombone Festival in New Orleans as a finalist in the Donald Yaxley bass trombone solo competition, and faculty recitals in the university setting.


  • Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University
  • M.A. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University
  • B.S. in Music (Trombone Performance) and an Outside Field (Psychology)

Research Interests

  • Christian faith integration with music
  • Music theory
  • Music cognition
  • Music performance
  • Eurhythmics

View Dr. Johnson’s web site at mightyfortressmusic.weebly.com