- Bachelor of Science, Ball State University
- Master of Arts, Ball State University
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Texas
Being awarded the first Cole Porter Scholarship as a senior at Peru High School made it possible for Professor of Music Education Peggy D. Bennett to attend college as a music education major at Ball State University. Since then, Bennett pursued music education degrees (BS and MA) at Ball State University and a PhD at the University of North Texas, having been honored as Outstanding Alumna by the music schools at both institutions.
During her student teaching semester at Ball State, Dr. Bennett realized she wanted to be an elementary general music teacher rather than a high school band director. That decision launched a career of passion for and dedication to music for children that has spawned six books: Playing with the Classics 2: Music Masterworks for Children (2012, Alfred); Playing with the Classics 1: Music Masterworks for Children (2011, Alfred); RhymePlay: Playing with Children and Mother Goose (2010, Alfred); SongPlay: A Collection of Playful Songs for Children (contributing editor, 1999, Hal Leonard); SongWorks 1: Singing in the Education of Children (with Doug Bartholomew, 1997, Wadsworth); and SongWorks 2: Singing from Sound to Symbol (with Doug Bartholomew, 1999, Wadsworth). Her more than 40 research, pedagogical, and newsletter articles published in the Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, General Music Today, the Mountain Lake Reader, and Journal of Music Teacher Education have often been requested for reprint in other journals.
In addition to her college courses at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Bennett serves as director and primary teacher for the early childhood MusicPlay program (ages 3-5) at Oberlin. A frequent presenter, keynote speaker, and headliner clinician for professional conferences, Dr. Bennett has appeared in Canada, England, Japan, Australia, and Greece, as well as nearly all 50 states in the U.S.
The University of Texas at Arlington honored Dr. Bennett with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the television broadcasts in which she was the featured guest won Telly Awards for the State University of New York (SUNY) Training Strategies Group in Albany.
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Peggy D. Bennett, Select Publications
2012 Playing with the Classics: Music Masterworks for Children, Volume 2. Van Nuys, CA.: Alfred Music Publishing.
2011 Playing with the Classics: Music Masterworks for Children, Volume 1. Van Nuys, CA.: Alfred Music Publishing.
2010 RhymePlay: Playing with Children and Mother Goose. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Music Publishing.
1999 SongPlay: A Collection of Playful Songs for Children. Contributing Editor. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard.
1999 SongWorks 2: Singing from Sound to Symbol. W/ Douglas R. Bartholomew. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
1997 SongWorks 1: Singing in the Education of Children. W/ Douglas R. Bartholomew. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
1991 Journal of Research in Music Education. Children’s pattern perception, accuracy and preference in three response modes. 39(1), 74-85.
1991 Texas Music Education Research 1990. Children’s perceptions of anacrusis patterns within songs. Texas Music Educators Association. Editor: T. Tunks, 1-7.
1988 Music Education Research Reports. A pilot investigation of children’s melodic pattern perception and their preference and accuracy in three response modes. Texas Music Educators Association. Editors: B. Duke, W. May and S. Miller, II-1—II-14.
1987 Music Education Research Reports. From Threshold to Music to Education Through Music: A collaboration of the principles of Zoltan Kodaly and the work of Mary Helen Richards. Texas Music Educators Association. Editors: M.Brand, S.Miller and W. May, XII-1—XII-17.
1984 International Journal of Music Education. Sarah Glover: A forgotten pioneer in music education. 4, 27-35. [Reprint requested from Journal of Research in Music Education]
1984 Journal of Research in Music Education. Sarah Glover: A forgotten pioneer in music education. 22 (1), 49-65.
1984 Music Education Research Reports. Children’s multi-sensory responses to symbolizing musical sound through speech rhythm patterns. Texas Music Educators Association. Editors: M. Brand, S. Miller and J. Flohr, XXI-1—XXI-17.
2006 Proceedings from the Festival 5000 Singing Symposium. The heart of singing. St. Johns, Newfoundland/Labrador: Memorial University. 14-27.
2006 General Music Today. The Oberlin PlayParty Project: A family affair. 19(3), 23-27.
2006 Mountain Lake Reader. Credit: Giving it, getting it, and giving it away. 7, 94-99.
2005 Music Educators Journal. So, Why Sol-Mi? 91(3), 43-49.
2005 Triad. With J. Erwin, J.Karl Gehrkens: Ohio son, music education pioneer, comprehensive musician. 70(2), 34-36.
1999 Mountain Lake Reader. Metaphorically teaching: The use of metaphors in preparing teachers.1(1), 18-22.
1992 Music Educators Journal. Twelve back-to-school resolutions. 79(1), 44-46.
1992 Journal of Music Teacher Education. On preparing classroom teachers to teach music: Rethinking expectations. 1(2), 22-27.
1992 Southwestern Musician. A tribute to teachers. 60(7), 37, 39.
1991 Oregon Music Educator. I can sing! 43(2), 9-13.
1990 General Music Today. The method dilemma in elementary music education. 3(2), 21-23.
1988 Music Educators Journal. The perils and profits of praise. 75(1), 22-24.
1987 Music Educators Journal. From Hungary to America: The evolution of Education Through Music. 74(1), 36-45, 60.
1986 Music Educators Journal. A responsibility to young voices. 73(1), 33-38.
1986 Music Educators Journal. When method becomes authority. 72(9), 38-40.
1986 Southwestern Musician. Education Through Music: A sketch. 14(10), 23-27.
1984 Music Educators Journal. Tricks, masks and camouflage: Is imitation passing for music reading? 71(3), 62-69.
2007 Who's Who in American Women
2006 Who's Who in American Education
2006 Who's Who in America
2007 Telly and Communicator Awards as featured guest for SUNY, Training Strategies Group, New York network broadcast
2006 Telly Communicator, and Aurora Awards for guest presentation SUNY, Training Strategies Group, New York Network broadcast
2005 Peacemaker Award, Community Mediation Center, Gallatin, Co., MT
2000 Accomplished Music Educator of Texas (MENC)
1993 Sword of Honor Sigma Alpha Iota (Arlington TX Alumnae Chapter)
1992 Outstanding Alumna (College of Music, University of North Texas)
1991 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (UT-Arlington)
1990 Outstanding Alumna (School of Music, Ball State University)