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Department of Music
1660 Pinder Ave.
206 Foster Tanner Music Bldg.
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Dr. Rebecca D. Sager
Assistant Professor, Musicology

Office Location:  412 Foster-Tanner Music Building
Phone:  850-599-8745
Email Address:  rebecca.sager@famu.edu
BM, University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music in piano performance
MM, University of Texas at Austin in African American music
PhD, University of Texas at Austin in musicology of the Caribbean and Latin America (specializing in Haiti and the African diaspora)

Rebecca also studied movement analysis and dance ethnography in 2005 with Professor Dr. Roderyk Lange at the Institute of Choreology, Poznan, Poland.

Dr. Rebecca D. Sager joined the faculty of Florida A&M University in 2013. She is Assistant Professor of Music and teaches a range of musicology courses, including Western Music History, African American Music, and Minority Musics of North America. Sager conducts research and contributes to the Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies. She also volunteers in the community, serving currently on the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee Board of Directors and as neighborhood representative on the Cascades Amphitheater's STAGE committee."  

Sager’s research explores issues of music and transcendence as well as theories and research methodologies for studying music and dance rhythms cross-culturally. Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Sager has been studying the potential role of cultural policy and cultural education (e.g., vodou singing) in developing the necessary foundations for a healthy civic life in Haiti.
Sager’s original ethnographic research includes studies of Black Gospel singing in Austin Texas, Haitian vodou singing in northern Haiti, and using motion-capture technology to comparatively study rhythmic identities in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Martinique during a 2004-05 Rockefeller Fellowship through the Center for Black Music Research. She has published on the Polish Dance Rhythm Diaspora (2005), rhythm psychology and musical entrainment (2005), and theories of musical meaning and transcendence in Haitian Vodou singing (2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2012).

A lifetime of musicianship includes growing up singing in church and school choirs, performing piano, accompanying and leading church music—especially for children, playing riqq and daf (frame drums) in the Middle Eastern Ensemble (directed by Dr. Anne Rasmussen at University of Texas at Austin), performing Andean folk musics and Afro-Caribbean musics, gigging professionally with a popular Middle Eastern band in Austin (riqq, daf, Latin percussion, accordion, recorder), and studying Turkish mansur ney (flute) in Istanbul.