Sarah Marlowe

Assistant Professor & Associate Director of Music Theory

Sarah Marlowe


Sarah Marlowe is Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Music Theory. Her current research focuses on counterpoint, fugue, Schenkerian analysis, Russian music theory, the music of J. S. Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich, and music theory and aural skills pedagogy.

She received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award (2013) for her work developing Schenkerian voice-leading paradigms in fugue expositions (Theory and Practice, 2014). Recent publications on pedagogy appear in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2016), The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory (2018), and BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (2018).

Dr. Marlowe is a recipient of the NYU Steinhardt Teaching Excellence Award (2018), the University of Rochester's Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence and Teaching by a Graduate Student (2010), and the Eastman School of Music's Teaching Assistant Prize (2008). She served on the board of the Music Theory Society of New York State for two terms (2013–2017) and was co-editor of Theory and Practice (2016–2019).