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Sarah Allen

Associate Professor of Music Education

Dr. Sarah Allen holds a Ph.D. in Music & Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests span multiple disciplines and focus on procedural memory consolidation in musicians, motor skill development, music teaching effectiveness, pre-service teacher preparation and the development of expertise in music and music teaching. She has presented her research at over 30 conferences around the world, including China, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Scotland and New Zealand, and her work has been published in journals including the Journal for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, and the Proceedings of the New York Academy of Science. At SMU, Allen teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and music pedagogy, as well as graduate music education research courses. A former public school music teacher, Allen has remained an active music clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in public schools.

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Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



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