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Daniel C. Johnson


Cultural Arts Building 1056

By Appointment

M - F: 10:00 - 11:00 AM


Music Education, Music Fundamentals, and Tuba/Euphonium Performance

Doctor of Music, The University of Arizona
Graduate Diploma, New England Conservatory of Music
Master of Music, Saint Louis Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Arts, Emory University

Research Interests

  • Critical Thinking in Music Education
  • Cross-Cultural Comparisons
  • Integrated Arts Education
  • Teachers' Professional Development


Over the course of his remarkable career, Dr. Johnson has distinguished himself as an exceptional teacher-educator, scholar, researcher, and author. Recognized by his peers for exemplary performance in teaching, research, and service, he is Professor of Music and member of the graduate faculty at UNC Wilmington. He is summa cum laude graduate of the New England Conservatory, the University of Arizona, the St. Louis Conservatory, and Emory University. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in Educational Psychology, a Graduate Diploma and Master's Degree in Music Performance, as well as an undergraduate degree in Music and Chemistry.

His music education scholarship includes many single and co-authored research publications in eminent journals including: The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, The International Journal of the Humanities, The Orff Echo, The Kodály Envoy, Musicworks - Journal of the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, The International Journal of Learning, and The Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly. Receiving thousands of online views, these publications are often cited by other researchers worldwide.

Named a Medici Scholar while at the University of Arizona, Dr. Johnson has received multiple nominations for the prestigious UNCW College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Award in recognition of his exemplary scholarship. In addition, his research and outreach projects have received grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the College Music Society, the North Carolina Arts Council, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and Partners of the Americas. The fifth edition of his latest textbook, Musical Explorations: Fundamentals Through Experience, has been adopted by many instructors and thousands of students at several institutions. In addition to other three other textbooks published by Kendall-Hunt, his current book project, Critical Thinking in Music Education, is forthcoming .

At professional conferences, he is a frequent presenter at international, national, regional, and statewide audiences for organizations including: the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - formerly the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the College Music Society (CMS), the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), the Alliance for Active Music Making (AAMM), and the International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). His collaborators represent institutions across the country and around the world, including: the University of Florida, Wayne State University, the university of South Carolina, Indiana University, The University of Miami, Birmingham City University (UK), The University of British Columbia (Canada), Melbourne University (Australia), and The Prague Conservatory (Czechoslovakia).

Elected as the Higher Education Committee Chair of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, Dr. Johnson has also served the NCMEA as Research Chair and research session peer reviewer. His other appointments include service as co-founder of a special interest group for the International Society for Music Education, on the editorial board of Contributions to Music Education, and as Music Education representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the College Music Society.

As an educator, Dr. Johnson's teaching experience spans the PK - university gamut. For over two decades, he has taught for public, independent, and community-based schools in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Arizona, and North Carolina. An authority and scholar of distance teaching and e-learning, his served as a Lecturer in Music Education for the online masters and doctoral programs at Boston University as well as in other faculty positions at Keene State College, Franklin Pierce University, and the prestigious Boston Latin Academy.

An international authority on music education pedagogy, Dr. Johnson has presented teacher education workshops through the world, reaching hundreds of teachers and thousands of their students in: Costa Rica, China, Malaysia, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Greece, Brazil, Bolivia, Australia, and throughout the United States. Specializing in classroom music instruction, cross-cultural comparisons, music listening, and teachers' professional development, Dr. Johnson has studied at the Orff Institute in Salzburg and regularly leads Orff-Schulwerk professional development courses and workshops in the United States and abroad. He is also a Fellow of the A+ Schools Program, the largest, longest running, most successful arts-based whole-school reform effort in the United States. In that capacity, Dr. Johnson regularly presents professional development workshops on arts education and arts integration for PK - 12 teachers.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Dr. Johnson has distinguished himself as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician by performing major orchestral works for over a decade as principal tubist of the Long Bay Symphony (Myrtle Beach, SC). A national prize-winner at Keystone Brass Institute Competition, Dr. Johnson has performed as part of the national touring ensemble, The Carolina Brass and currently manages the Cape Fear Brass Works. Appearing with the Moody Blues, Michael W. Smith, The Tams, The Gatlin Brothers, Billy Scott, and Craig Willard, he has also performed internationally and throughout the United States, with the NC School of the Arts International Festival Orchestra, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, St. Louis Philharmonic, New Bedford Philharmonic, and the Keene (NH) Chamber Orchestra, and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

As a conductor, he instituted and directs the Tuba Christmas Carols, OctubaFest, and TubaZalea Concerts throughout the Cape Fear region. More than a decade ago, he established these annual events that now attract regional participation and serve as unique community engagement and regional outreach programs that attract hundreds of area tuba and euphonium players. As covered in local television, radio, and news media, these events have also enjoyed support from UNCW administrators, as well as from North Carolina State Senators, Mayors, City Councils, and County Commissioners in Wilmington and Myrtle Beach.