DR Carol Johnson

DR Carol Johnson


  • Developing online music pedagogy (Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning Practices)
  • Faculty Professional Development in Online Environments (Online PD)
  • Innovative technology use for teaching and learning (Technology Adoption; Diffusion of Innovation for Teaching and Learning)
  • Learning and teaching music in an online environment (Online Learning)



  • Carol Johnson (Ph.D., M.M., B.Ed.) is a Senior Lecturer in Music (Online Learning and Educational Technologies) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She received her PhD in Educational Technology (Learning Sciences) from the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB), her Master of Music degree from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) and her Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music and Mathematics) from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). She is the inaugural Werklund Doctoral Fellow (2014-2015). She has received over $90,000 in awards and scholarships for her research, academic achievement and music performance.

    Carol’s career expertise covers three major arenas: saxophone performance, online music and technology innovation and pedagogy. An innovative and established music educator and professional recording artist (two solo saxophone instrumental releases), Carol has also given her leadership to assist local and international  and international arts communities (e.g., CADA - Calgary Arts Development Association). She has assisted in the establishment of two music schools for rural music students in Resistencia, Argentina and Guazacapan, Guatemala. Carol's educational contributions focus on building resources for future musicians and music educators. She is the founder of The Virtual School of Music and her contribution to teaching young students (e.g., Music Discovery for Kids resources) have been recognized and endorsed by numerous Grammy award winners, including Robert Sterling, Chester Thompson, and saxophonist, Kirk Whalum.

    Carol believes that supporting learners in developing their skills as active participants in their learning is key to developing our future musicians, and education leaders and researchers. As such, she has spent the majority of her teaching career supporting learners (both students and faculty) through experiential learning activities. This includes eight years of teaching post-secondary and three y   


Member of

  • Association for Technology in Music Education (ATMI). Professional Member 2018 -
  • Music Australia. Professional Member 2018 -
  • Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). Professional Member 2017 -
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Professional Member 2017 -
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA). Professional Member 2015 -
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Professional Member 2014 -
  • Society for Research in Higher Education (United Kingdom). Professional Member 2014 -
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Professional Member 2012 -
  • American Federation of Musicians (Local 300). Professional Member 1992 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Calgary 2016
  • MM, Belmont University 2001
  • B.Ed., University of Alberta 1996
  • AD, MacEwan University 1993

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding paper award for Experience of Virtual Writing Groups, Going Beyond Geographic Boundaries (Johnson & Lock, 2018), E-Learn World Conference, 2018
  • Knowledge Mobilization Award 2017, Werkund School of Education, University of Calgary, 2017
  • 2016 National Recognition Award for Ph.D. Dissertation, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, 2016
  • John Petrie Scholarship ($10,000), University of Calgary, 2015
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship ($15,000), University of Calgary, Alberta Tri-Council, 2015
  • Werklund Doctoral Fellow Scholarship and Prize ($25,000), Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, 2014
  • Open Doctoral Scholarship ($10,000), University of Calgary, 2013
  • Faculty of Education, Emdowment Graduate Scholarship ($5,000), Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, 2013
  • Graduate Student Scholarship (13,500), Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, 2012
  • Concerto Competition Winner (2001), School of Music, Belmont University, 2001
  • Outstanding Graduate Music Student Award Winner, School of Music, Belmont University, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision as appropriate to research interests and their supportive contexts.