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Dr. Rebecca Johnston

Title: Interim Director of Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Coordinator of Music Education | Assistant Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Phone: 678-717-3628

Office: Dunlap-Mathis, 144, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Music Education Pedagogy, Educational Research, Curriculum Design and Assessment, Music Psychology


Rebecca Johnston is Associate Department Chair and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of North Georgia, where she teaches courses in music education and pedagogy. She supervises teaching interns in the field, and advises the UNG chapter of CNAfME (Collegiate National Association for Music Education).

Dr. Johnston holds the Ph.D. in music education from the University of South Carolina, the M.M. in music education from the University of South Carolina, and the B.M. in music education from Georgia State University. She additionally holds early childhood music certification from GIML (The Gordon Institute of Music Learning).

Her field of academic research is affective response to music and vocal pedagogy, and her work is published by the international journal Psychology of Music. Forthcoming publications include an examination of choral pedagogy practices and an analysis of the impacts of education policy on the music profession.

In addition to teaching, research, and service, Dr. Johnston continues to be an active clinician and has presented at state and national conferences across the United States.

Finally, Dr. Johnston serves as Assistant Director of the CTLL (Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership), and in that role oversees the management of leadership and teaching awards, conducts assessment of faculty programs, develops and presents programming on a wide range of pedagogy topics, and provides leadership in carrying out the CTLL strategic plan. CTLL is a unit of Academic Affairs under the Office of Research and Engagement.


  • Ph.D., Music Education, University of South Carolina, 2009
  • M.M.E., Master of Music Education, University of South Carolina, 2005
  • B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education, Georgia State University, 2000

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