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Dr. Jill Sullivan

Dr. Jill M. Sullivan

Dr. Jill M. Sullivan is a Professor of Music Education in the School of Music, which is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, Tempe. She teaches undergraduate instrumental methods, master’s-level courses in assessment and measurement, instrumental literature and pedagogy, introduction to research, and psychology of music, as well as doctoral-level classes in historical and quantitative research methods. Prior to working at ASU, she held a music education position at the University of Oklahoma, taught applied clarinet at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and was a band teacher at Sequoyah Middle School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Dr. Sullivan has experience teaching band to elementary, middle level, and high school students. At Sequoyah Middle School, she started 200 beginning band students each year, and the entire program included over 400 band students. In addition, Dr. Sullivan started a 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 the following music journals: Ala Breve 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 EducationJournal of Music Therapy, Journal of Research in Music EducationResearch and Issues in Music Education, and Teaching Music. Dr. Sullivan has published in several state music educators publications–Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. In September 2011, she published the book Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women’s Military Bands during World War II as part of the Scarecrow Press/Rowman & Littlefield series American Wind Bands. Dr. Sullivan wrote eight biographical entries for the recently published second edition The Grove Dictionary of American Music (AmeriGroveII) published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Sullivan accepted another book contract with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers for her co-authored edited collection: Women’s Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender. She completed the book and it was published December 15, 2016. She also completed a coauthored national survey study on the assessment practices of music-teacher educators. Also in 2015, in the spring, Dr. Sullivan and her graduate Assessment and Measurement class took on the service project of writing the first draft of the NAfME Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) for harmonizing instruments. Dr. Sullivan and her spring assessment classes have partnered with the Arizona Department of Education, Rosie’s House, and music teachers and school districts throughout Arizona to help develop reliable and valid tools to measure authentic student growth and inform teacher evaluation. Dr. Sullivan gives in-service workshops on creating formative and summative authentic music assessments to measure student learning and growth in three domains—cognitive, psychomotor, and affective–and measuring four artistic processes–creating, performing, responding, connecting.

In 2016, Dr. Sullivan’s article, “Women Music Teachers as Military Band Directors during World War II” was published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Also, in 2016, Dr. Sullivan accepted two invitations to speak at international conferences: (1) the MayDay Colloquium in June 2016, presenting, “Troubling a Core Narrative in Instrumental Music Education: A Visual Image AutoEthnography”; (2)  a seminar on music and feminism at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM-Xochimilco) in Mexico City, January 2017. Dr. Sullivan will be writing and delivering her address on women’s performativity in instrumental music in Español–a second language she enjoys having studied Spanish during her secondary and postsecondary education.

In 2017, Dr. Sullivan’s article, “John Phillip Sousa as Music Educator during World War I” was published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Dr. Sullivan was selected to be on the Arizona Humanities “Speaker Tour” traveling Arizona and sharing her research with communities throughout the state.  Dr. Sullivan wrote five grants in 2017, one of which funded research travel to the Gutman Graduate Education Library at Harvard University to examine sources related to the history of public school education.

In 2018, Dr. Sullivan looks forward to her March concert collaboration with the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” to her continued presentations for the Arizona Humanities, and working on her next book,  An Early History of Music Education in Universities: The Normal School Years.

Dr. Sullivan currently serves on several journal editorial boards: College Band Directors National Association, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band ResearchResearch Issues in Music Education (RIME), and previously on the Music Educators Journal and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has presented her research and teacher-pedagogy workshops throughout the United States and internationally in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Sweden. In the fall of 2011, she chaired the 20th anniversary of the Feminist Theory & Music (FTM) Conference in the ASU School of Music.

Dr. Sullivan has served as the chair of several national and state music education organizations:  national chair of the NAfME Collegiate of the National Association for Music Education, the advisor for Arizona NAfME Collegiate, national chair of the Gender and Sexuality Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) of the National Association for Music Education, and the chair of Arizona College Music Educators. In 2015, she has been working to create a national consortium of instrumental music-teacher educators and college band directors who will discuss and create innovative 21st-century teaching and music-making strategies applicable for elementary, secondary, and college bands; the Innovative Band Educaton Consortium: (IBEC).  At ASU, she served sixteen years as the chapter advisor for the ASU SoM NAfME Collegiate Chapter, served as a faculty affiliate to the Women & Gender Studies program, was a member of the faculty senate, and recently completed four years of service on the SoM personnel committee. In spring 2012, she was presented with the Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award by the ASU Commission on the Status of Women.

Dr. Sullivan holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, teaching certification from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a bachelor’s degree–with university and departmental honors scholar distinctions–earned while majoring in both clarinet performance and music history from Illinois State University, Normal.