Faculty Name

Paula A. Grissom-Broughton, DMA


Assistant Professor





Office Location

Milligan 2303B


D.M.A., Boston University
M.M., Northwestern University
B.A., Spelman College


Dr. Paula Grissom-Broughton currently serves as the chair of the music department where she also teaches courses related to women, race and music. An active scholar and researcher on the subject of race and gender in the music classroom, Grissom-Broughton has presented her research at local and national conferences, including the National Association for Music Education.

Before becoming a member of the music faculty at Spelman, Grissom-Broughton taught piano, music history, and music theory at Winston-Salem State University. During her tenure in North Carolina, she was a featured performer for the Focus on Piano Conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was also featured at the Winston-Salem Delta Arts Center where she performed works by Pulitzer Prize Winner George Walker.

Grissom-Broughton's background in music education extends beyond the college classroom. She has several years of teaching experience as a music specialist and choral instructor for both Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools. During her time as a music specialist for Fulton County Schools, she also created, developed and taught various music courses for After-School Development Programs throughout the district.

A former winner of Atlanta Steinway Piano Competition, Grissom-Broughton remains an active musician, serving locally and nationally as an incredibly versatile collaborative pianist, guest clinician, and presenter for various panels and workshops.

Courses Taught

Class Piano (SMUS 124)
Women and Music (SMUS 130)
Fundamentals of Music (SMUS 100)
Intro to Music Technology (SMUS 200)
Survey of African-American Music (SMUS 240)
Survey of Music Business and Entrepreneurship (SMUS 203)
Materials and Methods of Teaching Music (SMUS/SEDU 346)
Glee Club Accompanist


Publications in Progress:

"A Matter of Race and Gender" Examining an Undergraduate Music Program through the Lenses of Feminist Pedagogy and Black Feminist Pedagogy"