Natalie Sarrazin

Professor, Music Studies Coordinator
(585) 395-5256
Office: Tower 106


Natalie Sarrazin holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sarrazin’s area of teaching and scholarship includes ethnomusicology, Indian popular music, and music education. Dr. Sarrazin is a prolific scholar and researcher, with publications including Problem-Based Learning for the College Music Classroom (Routledge, 2018), Music in Contemporary Indian Film: Memory, Voice and Identity (co-author J. Beaster-Jones, Routledge, 2016), Music and the Child (Open SUNY, 2016), and Indian Music for the Classroom (Rowman Littlefield, MENC, 2008). She has chapters in two Oxford Handbooks, one on Political Communication and Music (2018) and one on Children’s Musical Cultures (2012). Recent articles include “Divine Fusion: Sufi Music with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul in Hindi Cinema’s Rockstar” Journal of Performing Islam 2017), “Teaching Embodied Musickmaking: Pedagogical Perspectives from South Asian Music and Dance” The College Music Forum, (co-author S. Morelli, 2016) and her most popular article, “Celluloid Love Songs: Musical Modus Operandi and the Dramatic Aesthetics of Romantic Hindi Film” Popular Music Journal, Cambridge. She is currently working on a book for Routledge’s Focus on World Music Series on Indian popular music, expected out in 2019.

Natalie is Professor and Music Studies Coordinator at SUNY Brockport, SUNY. Internationally active in music education, in 2015 Natalie co-founded and is Executive Director of the Western Music Education Association in India (WMEA), a non-profit music education organization affiliated with the US’s NAfME, the National Association for Music Education that is dedicated to supporting and training music educators in India.


BA/BM, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford

Teacher Certification, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

MMEd. Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University

PhD, University of Maryland-College Park

Areas of Specialty

Ethnomusicology, Music Education, South Asian Music, Popular Music

Instruments:  Piano, Percussion, Voice

Courses Taught

History of Rock and Popular Music in America

Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Contemporary Social Issues in Music

Class Piano

Xylophone-Percussion Ensemble

Research Interests

Popular Music of India

Music Education Pedagogy

Music Integration in Indian Education