Sarah Louden is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory and the Interim Program Director for the Music Theory and History program. She holds a PhD in music theory from the University of Buffalo, SUNY. Her research focuses on the intersection of music, cognitive, neuroscience, and multisensory perception. Sarah studies the influence of sensory perception on a broad range of musical topics, including multimedia and contemporary music analysis, music theory pedagogy, classroom accessibility, performance, and digital technology.
Her 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 Society for Music Theory presentation looked at crossmodal applications to accessibility and universal design in the music theory classroom.