Lisa Gillespie, Elementary Music Materials and Methods

Lisa Gillespie, Elementary Music Materials and MethodsStudio: Mason Hall
Phone: (256)-782-5559
Email: lgillespie@jsu.edu 

Georgia native, Lisa Gillespie, teaches Elementary Music Materials and Methods and oversees practicum students at the elementary level.

Mrs. Gillespie studied orchestral percussion performance at Georgia State University under the instruction of Jack Bell and John Lawless. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (2000) and Master of Arts (2003) in music education at Jacksonville State University, where she studied with G. Tracy Tyler. Mrs. Gillespie also studied timpani with Cloyd Duff at Colorado State University (1995, 1996) and received her Orff-Schulwerk certification from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

She has been teaching elementary music, band and choir in both public and private schools for 20 years. Mrs. Gillespie also served as a collegiate clinician at the Alabama Music Educators Association state conference and is proud to have co-directed the Kitty Stone Elementary school choir with Mrs. Cheryl Wight at the state convention as well.

Mrs. Gillespie spent many years as a freelance percussionist, performing with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She was a founding member of the Atlanta-based percussion ensemble, Chix with Stix Percussion Group, with whom she performed a concerto with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, GA. The ensemble has spent many years touring and performing at universities throughout the southeast.

Some of her most memorable performances include accompanying Bernadette Peters and William Warfield, performing a marimba concerto with the JSU Chamber Winds and serving as a commercial recording artist for Turner Network Television. Mrs. Gillespie is a performing artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc. She resides in Jacksonville, Alabama with her loving husband, Clint and her son, William.