|Chair of the Division of Music|
|Assistant Professor of Music Theory|
|OBU Box 61192|
|500 West University|
|Shawnee, OK 74804|
Dr. Randolph Johnson is dedicated to cultivating musicians' love for music, and to helping them in their pursuit of imaginative music making. He teaches music theory courses that are designed to enrich students' journey as musician-creators, in the image of Jesus, the supreme creator and artist.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Johnson enjoys collaborating with students and faculty on research that uses interdisciplinary methods. His research combines approaches in music theory with techniques from fields such as psychology, linguistics, and statistics. His recent projects have addressed topics in orchestration, mental practice, tempo, facial expression, and song lyrics.
Dr. Johnson is also an active trombonist, specializing in bass trombone. While residing in Ohio, he was a member of the Grace Central Presbyterian (PCA) music ministry team. Through this experience he explored ways to integrate trombone and improvisation into contemporary worship music. He also regularly performed classical trombone throughout Ohio; including frequent performances as a substitute with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, he performed at the International Trombone Festival as a finalist in the Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competition.
Prior to joining the faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University, Dr. Johnson taught courses in music theory, aural training, counterpoint, and music appreciation at Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University.
Dr. Johnson lives in Shawnee with his wife, Lia, who teaches 10th-grade and 12th-grade English at Shawnee High School.
Educational Background:B.S.O.F., Indiana University - Music Performance (Trombone) and PsychologyM.A., Ohio State University - Music TheoryPh.D., Ohio State University - Music Theory (with specialization in Cognitive and Systematic Musicology)
Selected Publications and/or Professional Activities:
Johnson, R. (2011). Musical Tempo Stability in Mental Practice: A Comparison of Motor and Non-Motor Imagery Techniques. Research Studies in Music Education, Vol. 33, No. 2, p. 3-30.
Johnson, R. (2011). The Standard, Power, and Color Model of Instrument Combination in Romantic-Era Symphonic Works. Empirical Musicology Review, Vol. 6, No. 1.
Johnson, R., Huron, D., & Collister, L. (2010). Further Factors Affecting Word Intelligibility in Sung Phrases. Proceedings from ICMPC 11: The 11th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition.
Johnson, R., & Lagerstrom, E. (2011). Vocal Range Normalization and its Role in the Perception of Emotion in Different Voice Types. Poster presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.
Johnson, R. (2011). The Fullness of God's Time in Brahms's Requiem. Paper presented at the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship.