Sarah Allen

Music

Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Music Education

Email

sarahallen@smu.edu

Phone

214.768.3719

Dr. Sarah Allen teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and instrumental music pedagogy. 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, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She currently serves as the editor of the Texas Music Education Research journal for the Texas Music Educators Association.

Education

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

Recent Work

Publications:
Simmons, A., Allen, S., Cash, C., & Duke. (2019). Effects of early break intervals on musicians’ and nonmusicians’ skill learning. Psychology of Music, 47(1), 83-95.
Duke, R., Allen, S., Cash, C., & Simmons, A. (2015). Practice like a pro. Southwestern Musician, January 2015 issue.
Cash, C., Allen, S., Simmons, A., & Duke, R. (2014). Effects of model performances on music skill acquisition and overnight memory consolidation. Journal of Research in Music Education, 62(1), 89-99.
Allen, S. & Duke, R. (2013). The effects of limited, restricted music practice on overnight memory enhancement. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 32(1), 67-73.
Allen, S. (2013). Memory stabilization and enhancement following music practice. Psychology of Music, 41(6), 794-803.
Duke, R., Cash, C., & Allen, S. (2011). Focus of attention affects performance of motor skills in music. Journal of Research in Music Education, 59, 44-55.
Duke, R., Allen, S., Cash, C., & Simmons, A. (2009). Effects of early and late rest breaks during training on overnight memory consolidation of a keyboard melody. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity, 1169, 169-172.

Course list

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