I am a first-year Ph.D. student and Sproull Fellow in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. My current research focuses on interactions of narrative between music, plot, and animation in anison (anime song); the music of Hiromi; and the relationship between cadence, form, and meter. I currently serve as a Teaching Assistant at Eastman, and I have previously taught as an adjunct at Hofstra University (fall 2022 – spring 2023); as an adjunct and graduate TA at Hunter College (fall 2022); and as a graduate TA at the University of Colorado Boulder (fall 2020 – spring 2021).


Ph.D., Music Theory, 2023–2027 (anticipated)

  • Eastman School of Music

  • Sproull Fellow

M.A., Music Theory, 2021–2023

  • Hunter College (CUNY)

M.M., Music Theory, 2020–2021 (*did not complete degree)

  • University of Colorado Boulder

B.S., Music Theory and Composition, 2016–2020

  • Hofstra University

  • Graduated summa cum laude with departmental high honors and a distinction of “Associate” through the Honors College. Awarded the Undergraduate Library Research Award (2020).


Falotico, S. 2023. “Grouping Against the Groove: Metrical Dissonance in Hiromi’s ‘Voice.'” M.A. Thesis, Hunter College (CUNY).

Falotico, S. 2020. “Sentence Structures and the Jazz Canon.” B.S. Honors Thesis, Hofstra University.

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    • 2023. “Grouping Against the Groove: Metrical Dissonance in Hiromi’s ‘Voice.'” Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Denver, CO), November 9–12.

    • 2023. “Cadence, Harmony, and the ‘Pentatonic Leading-Tone” in Harry T. Burleigh’s Spiritual Arrangements.” Paper to be presented at the Theorizing African American Preconference (University of Colorado Denver), November 8.


    • Society for Music Theory (SMT)

    • Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS)

    • Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (MTSMA)

    • Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory (RMSMT)

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