Sarah Louden is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music and the Director for the Music Theory and History Program. She holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Buffalo SUNY, a Masters in Music Theory from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelors in Music Performance from Concordia College Moorhead.
Her research explores the cognitive effects of multisensory perception on a broad range of musical topics including multimedia and contemporary music analysis, music theory pedagogy, classroom accessibility, stage performance, digital technology and virtual reality. Dr. Louden’s dissertation, entitled “Cross-Sensory Perception in Music and Visual Media: A Neuro-Cognitive Approach to Cross-Domain Mapping in Multimedia,” received the distinguished dissertation award from the University of Buffalo in 2018. Her recent publication, “Sound-Induced Visual Illusion in Film,” was published as a chapter in Music in Action Film: Sounds Like Action! Her 2020 national Society for Music Theory presentation looked at crossmodal applications to accessibility and universal design in the music theory classroom.