Sarah Marlowe

Assistant Professor & Associate Director of Music Theory

Sarah Marlowe


Sarah Marlowe studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.Mus., piano performance; M.M., theory & accompanying) and the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (Ph.D., music theory). Her dissertation examines aspects of harmony and voice leading in select fugues by J.S. Bach and Dmitri Shostakovich. Other research interests include Schenkerian approaches to tonal and post-tonal repertoire, Russian music theory, music theory and aural skills pedagogy, counterpoint, and the history of music theory.

Marlowe received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award for her paper delivered at the 2013 meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State; her work develops Schenkerian voice-leading paradigms in fugue expositions and was published in Theory & Practice in 2014. She is also an accomplished pedagogue and has over fifteen years of experience teaching music theory and aural skills at the collegiate level. While at Eastman, she received the Teaching Assistant Prize and the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. She is also a recipient of the 2018 NYU Steinhardt Teaching Excellence Award. Her dedication to pedagogy and pedagogical research led to the formation of the NYC Music Theory & Ear Training Pedagogy Group, as well as two recent publications in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2016) and The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory (2018). She served on the board of the Music Theory Society of New York State (2013–2017) and is currently co-editor of Theory & Practice.