Christina J. Sisson

Setnor School of Music

Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Education

Christina Sisson

301 Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010

A native of Tampa, Florida, Christina J. Sisson received her bachelor's degree in music education from Florida State University and her master of music degree from Northern Arizona University, where she studied ethnomusicology before returning to Florida State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in music education.

Prior to this appointment, Sisson spent time teaching in the public schools in Florida, Kansas, and Massachusetts, as well as abroad in Kilembe, Uganda. Her teaching experiences include teaching middle and high school band, middle school steel pan, K-12 general music, and K-5 general education classes. In addition to teaching, Sisson worked as a drum circle facilitator in Florida, where she brought hand drumming to people of all ages and abilities.

Sisson's research interests center around diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on meeting the diverse needs of all students in the music classroom. She has published an article in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Additionally, Sisson has presented at state and regional conferences in Michigan, Arizona, and Florida on topics including elementary general music during the COVID-19 pandemic, African singing, drumming, and dance, and the history of music in the Southern Baptist church in the United States.


  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.M., Northern Arizona University
  • B.M.E., Florida State University