Patricia Sasser is Music Librarian for the Maxwell Music Library, where her duties include collection development, research assistance, and instruction. She earned a BA in music summa cum laude from American University, where she was a Presidential Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the MMus in musicology from the Johns Hopkins University. While writing her thesis at Hopkins, she developed an interest in archival and library science which eventually led to a second master's degree at the University of South Carolina's School of Information and Library Science.

Her research interests include the tenor Enrico Caruso, the role of opera in the early 20th century, and the digital humanities. She has worked collaboratively on several large-scale music projects, including the Library of Congress’ Music Treasures Consortium and the Digital Sheet Music Project.

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Background Noises

The role of music in media, politics, sports, advertising, and religion. This music appeals to our tastes, emotions, ideas, and beliefs. Students who complete this seminar will be able to identify the sorts of appeals such music might make, analyze the goal of such appeals and articulate the success of an appeal. This course is unique in considering music as a secondary actor in these contexts, rather than for its own sake.


Music History III

A survey of the development of musical style from ca. 1890 to the present. Representative musical examples are heard, studied and discussed, with an emphasis on social-historical context.


Introduction to Music Research

An introduction to the methods and standard resources of music scholarship. Emphasis will be on primary sources, research tools, and evaluation strategies.


Rites of Spring

A study away course on the Ballets Russes performed in Paris from1909-29, presenting collaborations that mirrored the aesthetic and socio-political currents of the early 20th century. Uses the company as a catalyst for exploring those currents in their historical and physical context.


B.A. in music, American University

M.Mus. in musicology, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

MLIS, University of South Carolina

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