Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Johnson, NickDr. Nicholas Johnson is a specialist in the music history of the early-modern period and American popular music. He has received prestigious research grants from the Fulbright Commission and the Mellon Foundation, and has presented at several national and international conferences, including Princeton University, Oxford University, and the University of Vienna.

Dr. Johnson earned his Ph.D.  in Musicology at The Ohio State University in 2012 with a dissertation on magic, music, and astronomy at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, and also holds a M.A. in Music History from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Music from Truman State University. He has performed extensive archival research at the Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek in Austria, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and the Biblioteka Uniwersytecka we Wrocławiu in Wrocław, Poland.

His primary research area is the interaction between music and philosophy in the period surrounding the Scientific Revolution. He has published on music and astronomy around the year 1600 in Musica Disciplina, and has a forthcoming critical edition of late Renaissance masses to be published by the American Institute of Musicology in the Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae series. His secondary research centers on modern popular music, and his examination of the neo-blues revival was recently published in Rock Music Studies.

Dr. Johnson has taught as an adjunct professor at Ohio State University, Wittenberg University, and full-time at Butler University during the 2013-2014 school year. As an Assistant Professor he will instruct courses on music ranging from the Medieval through the Classical periods, as well as seminars on a wide range of musical and societal issues. 

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