Dr. Sullivan leading Instrumental Practicum

I teach two, four-credit hour instrumental methods courses (MUE 481 and MUE 482) to undergraduate instrumental music education students in their last year prior to student teaching.  I also teach a part of the  MUP 194, ASU 101 for music education and music therapy students.  I administer the Brass and Woodwind methods courses.


Jill Bowers, Principal of Greenfield Junior High in Gilbert and Ruth Argabright, Supervisor of Music for Mesa Public Schools participate in mock interviews with instrumental music education student Ivan Pour during one of the Tuesday night student-teaching seminars. (3/21/06)

Elaine Stover from ASU Career Services speaks to ASU Instrumental Music Student Teachers about upcoming interview opportunities on campus. (2/21/06)


I teach two doctoral research courses: historical and quantitative methods.

I also teach MUE 566–Instrumental Literature for the Schools–to public school teachers who are master’s students. In this practical course, instrumental literature and pedagogy is broadly defined. MUE 566 is not a class where we get together to solely read literature. Rather, students complete teaching assignments and a major project related to literature for school ensembles. They also examine a variety of materials to promote successful instrumental teaching and learning in school ensembles. Students study music learning theory, comprehensive musicianship, and some of my favorite teaching techniques.  This class also invites guest composers, conductors, music education professors, and local expert teachers who share their instrumental-literature expertise in a variety of inspiring ways.

Summer 2008 literature class with composer Anne McGinty (third from left in green shirt).

Besides my own lecture/presentations on many facets of teaching instrumental music, guests include Anne McGinty, Dr. James Froseth, string composer Doris Gazda, Breathing Gym clinician and brass expert Michelle Kalo, and composer Dr. Ron Nelson.

This class is scheduled to be taught each summer on the ASU main campus in Tempe for either two or four weeks. I also teach this class in the summer at other universities–in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota and 2006 and 2009 at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.