Music School

Dr. Jill M. Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Instrumental Music Education in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' School of Music at Arizona State University. She teaches undergraduate instrumental methods, doctoral resesarch classes in quantitative and historical methods, and master's-level courses in instrumental literature and pedagogy and introduction to research. Prior to working at ASU, she held positions at the University of Oklahoma, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and Sequoyah Middle School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Dr. Sullivan has experience teaching band in schools to children of all levels--elementary, middle level, high school--and to adults. At Sequoyah Middle School, Dr. Sullivan started over 200 beginning band students each fall and the entire program included well over 400 band students yearly. In addition, she started and directed a community New Horizons Band for senior adults at the University of Oklahoma.

Her research agenda includes historical publications pertaining to 19th and 20th Century women's bands and quantitative preservice and in-service music teacher investigations. Dr. Sullivan has published in several refereed music journals: American Music, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Research and Issues in Music Education, and Teaching Music. In September 2011, she published her book Bands of Sisters: Women's Military Bands during World War II as part of The Scarecrow Press series on American Wind Bands. She also completed eight biographical entries for the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music. She has presented her research and teacher-pedagogy workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Australia, Austria, Italy, and Sweden.

Dr. Sullivan recently chaired the twentienth anniversary of the Feminist Theory and Music Conference inviting the ASU School of Social Transformation's Women and Gender Studies Department to collaborate. She has served as the chair for several music education organizations: the national chair of the Collegiate Music Educators of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME formerly CMENC); the chair of Arizona CNAfME, national chair of the Gender Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of The National Association for Music Education, and the chair of Arizona College Music Educators. At ASU, she serves as the chair of the Music Education and Therapy Division, she continues to serve as the ASU Collegiate NAfME chapter advisor, and as a faculty affiliate to the Women and Gender Studies department. Her service activities also include being on three journal editorial boards: the Music Educators Journal (MEJ), Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME), and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education.

Dr. Sullivan holds the following degrees in music: Ph.D. in music education from the University of Iowa, teaching certification from the University of Iowa, a master's degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree--earning University and Departmental Honors Scholar distinctions--majoring in both music history and clarinet performance from Illinois State University.