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Sarah Allen

Associate Professor and Co-Chair 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 motor skill development in music, music teaching effectiveness, 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, Iceland and New Zealand, and her work has been published in journals including the Journal for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Proceedings of the New York Academy of Science. At SMU, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and music pedagogy. A former public school music teacher, Dr. Allen remains an active music clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in public schools.


Ph.D. and M.M. in Music and Human Learning, The University of Texas at Austin


MUED 2250 New Horizons in Music Education
MUED 3331 Instrumental Music Methods
MPED 4305 Introduction to Instrumental Music Pedagogy
MPED 6305 Introduction to Instrumental Music Pedagogy
MUED 6340 Research Methods in Music Education
MUED 6354 Music Learning & Teaching Effectiveness
EDU 5327 Integrating Teaching and Learning

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