Faculty & Staff

Paul Christianson

  • Professor, Music
  • School of Music and Worship Arts
  • B.A., Northwest Nazarene University
  • M.A., University of Idaho
  • D.M.A., 1997, University of Georgia
  • M.A., Trevecca Nazarene University

Contact Info

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  • Office: 615-248-1293



Paul Christianson is a professor of music in the School of Music and Worship Arts and has been teaching at Trevecca since 1993. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia; master’s degrees from the University of Idaho and Trevecca Nazarene University; and a bachelor’s from Northwest Nazarene University. Paul’s 30 years of experience includes teaching classically-based piano, fine arts, music appreciation, art for music majors and keyboard literature and pedagogy. He is a past recipient of Trevecca’s Teaching Excellence Award and Idaho’s MTNA-Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition and was a finalist in the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta’s scholarship competition. His original composition “Nocturne” was published in College Musician Magazine.

Paul and his wife, Denise, reside in Franklin, Tenn., and have three married children and three grandchildren.

Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Georgia
Master of Music, University of Idaho
Master of Arts, Trevecca Nazarene University
Bachelor of Arts, Northwest Nazarene University

Areas of Expertise

  • Piano/Keyboard Performance
  • Piano/Keyboard Pedagogy
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music in Western Culture

Accolades and Honors

  • Original composition, "Nocturne," was published in the Fall 1988 edition of College Musician magazine.
  • Performed as the pianist for Ludwig van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy, Opus 80" in April 2014.