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Sarah J. Louden

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


PHD, 2018, SUNY Univ Cntr Buffalo; MM, 2008, Univ Nebraska Lincoln; BM, 2005, Concordia Coll MN


Sarah Louden is an adjunct instructor of music theory at Hofstra University, where she has been teaching since 2013. She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Buffalo SUNY (expected Spring 2017). Her research interests include multisensory perception and multimedia analysis, intersections between music perception and neuroscience, music theory pedagogy, open-source education, and music and art of the early avant-garde. Her dissertation is entitled, “A Neuro-Cognitive Approach to Cross-Domain Mapping in Multimedia.” She holds a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BM in Music Performance from Concordia College-Moorhead. Before coming to Hofstra, Sarah taught music theory at the University of Buffalo SUNY and York College in Nebraska.

Sarah is a founding editor for the online music journal Mosaic: Journal of Music Research. She has presented research at the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and the Buffalo Music Graduate Student Symposium. She has a forthcoming chapter on sound-induced visual illusion in film in the upcoming book, Sounds Like Action! (expected publication in 2018). At Buffalo, she served as president and vice president for the Music Graduate Student Association three years, chair of the Music Graduate Colloquium Series, and administrative assistant for the June in Buffalo Performance Institute.

At Hofstra, Sarah teaches Music 61/62 (Elementary Ear Training), Music 63/64 (Advanced Ear Training), and Music 69 (Music Fundamentals and Species Counterpoint).

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 061A ELEM EAR TRAINING Undergraduate
MUS 063 ADV EARTRAINING Undergraduate
MUS 064 ADV EARTRAINING Undergraduate