Patricia Sasser is the Director of the Maxwell Music Library, where she oversees collection development, research assistance, and bibliographic instruction. She has contributed to a number of large-scale collaborative projects, including the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America and the Music Treasures Consortium. She has also served on a number of committees for the American Musicological Society and the Music Library Association, most recently as a member of the national task force on Music Discovery Requirements. Her publications have appeared in Music Reference Services Quarterly, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Notes: the Journal of the Music Library Association and she has presented at conferences in both the United States and Europe. Her current research examines the role of musical ephemera in the Anglo-European fin-de-siècle.

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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.

Good music research depends upon innovative, interdisciplinary inquiry. Such research begins with a basic framework of information literacy and then builds upon this framework to investigate subject-specific questions. In my work at Furman, I cultivate this process in my music students through three separate but interrelated components. First, students learn to discover and employ the standard tools of our discipline. Second, students acquire strategies and skills to interact with primary and secondary sources of all kinds. Finally, and most importantly, students develop intellectual and creative flexibility in their work. My final goal is to produce mature, thoughtful scholars who may posit both interesting research questions and compelling answers.

Research and Professional Growth Award, Furman University 2016
Research and Professional Growth Award, Furman University, 2015
Faculty Development Committee Award, Furman University 2015
Furman Advantage Summer Fellowship, 2015
Institute for Museum and Library Services’ LSTA Travel Grant Award, 2010
Dr. Robert V. Williams Graduate Research Award, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, 2010
William Davis Melton University Archives Graduate Assistantship, South Caroliniana Library, 2008-2009
Summa cum laude, 2004
Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
Presidential Scholar, 2000


B.A. in music, American University

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

MLIS, University of South Carolina

Yuliya Gorenman (American University)

Brian Ganz (Peabody Conservatory of Music)

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