Faculty/Staff Profile

Judith A Sullivan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education

Highest Degree University: University of Kentucky
Department: Music
Bryan Fine Arts Building (BFA) 363
PO Box: 5045
(931) 372-3625


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Dr. Judith Sullivan obtained her Bachelor of Music in choral music education from Michigan State University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy in music education from the University of Kentucky with a research emphasis in early childhood music education. She teaches the Introduction to Music Education and Music Methods and Materials K-5 courses, along with student teaching supervision. She also teaches Music Applications, a course on music in the general elementary classroom. She volunteers at the TTU Child Development Lab school, teaching music classes and providing practicum experience for pre-service music educators.

She currently holds certificates in Orff-Schulwerk, Gordon Music Learning Theory and Musikgarten. She served on the national executive board of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association in various roles, including Southeast Regional Representative, from 2006 to 2012. She now coordinates Continuing Education Credits for ECMMA. She was the state advisor for the National Association for Music Education Collegiate chapters from 2008 to 2012, and continues as advisor for the TTU chapter. After an interim appointment to Assistant Dean, College of Education, she is now Coordinator of Music Education and heads the TTU Problem-Based Learning Taskforce within the TBR Ready2Teach Initiative.

Memberships include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Tennessee Music Educators Association (TMEA), American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) along with the Middle Tennessee chapter (MTAOSA), Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA), the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Delta Kappa International.

Dr. Sullivan is a church pianist and organist; she also volunteers at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, playing the folk harp. 

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