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Dr. Reba Wissner - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Reba Wissner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Music

Schwob School of Music

RiverCenter 2706

Accessibility, Education, Education - Higher Education, Education - Music Education, Education - Special Education, Film Production, Gender Studies, Music, Online Learning

Education and Certifications

PhD, Musicology, Brandeis University, 2012
MFA, Musicology, Brandeis University, 2008
BA, Music and Italian, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 2005


Reba Wissner is assistant professor of musicology at Columbus State University. She holds a BA in Music and Italian from Hunter College of the City University of New York, an MFA and PhD in musicology, from Brandeis University, a graduate certificate in higher education administration from Northeastern University, and a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from University of Wisconsin – Stout. She is the author of A Dimension of Sound: Music in The Twilight Zone (Pendragon Press, 2013), We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits and the Aural Imagination (Pendragon Press, 2016), and Music and the Atomic Bomb on American Television, 1950-1969 (Peter Lang, 2020). With Katherine Reed, she co-edited Music in Twin Peaks: Listen to the Sounds (Routledge, 2021). Her monograph, David Lynch: Sonic Style is under contract with Routledge and will be released in late 2023 or early 2024.

She holds Levels 1, 2, and 3 Credentials in Universal Design for Learning from UDL-IRN. She has published on pedagogy in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, College Music Symposium, and several edited collections with a forthcoming article in Teaching History: A Journal of Methods. She was the 2022 recipient of Columbus State University’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and named a Governor’s Teaching Fellow at the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia in 2022.

Academic Areas

Music history, Film Music, Television Music, Video Game Music, Opera Studies, Cold War, Nuclear Weapons, Music and Immigrant Theater, Universal Design for Learning, Pedagogy.

Research Interests

Articles, book chapters, and presentations on seventeenth century Venetian opera, television music, film music, video game music, immigrant musical theater, and pedagogy.

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