Author, Music Educator to Speak Friday, March 9

February 8, 2012
CONTACT: Debra Snodgrass
Note to Editors: A media opportunity for Dr. Bennett is scheduled 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on the day of her presentations.
peggy bennettJOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Dr. Peggy Bennett, outstanding speaker, author and educator, will speak two times on the campus of Missouri Southern State University on Friday, March 9
•  The public is invited to her lecture at 11 a.m. on March 9 in Corley Auditorium at MSSU entitled “Being Assertive: Five Levels of Responsiveness.” This lecture will help individuals learn how to speak up to friends, acquaintances, students and co-workers in ways that are both peaceful and powerful.
•   Dr. Bennett also will hold a two-hour seminar entitled “Playful Music Teaching: Finding the Joy in Music and Kids” from 4 - 6  p.m. in the 3rd Floor Ballroom of Billingsly Student Center. Anyone seeking new ideas and encouragement for teaching music to early childhood and elementary aged children is invited to attend. Admission is free. 

Peggy D. Bennett, Ph.D., is a professor of Music Education and director of the early childhood MusicPlay program (ages 3-5) at The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College.
Widely known and respected for her "SongWorks for Children" approach in elementary and higher education settings, Peggy has, in the past decade, used her gifts as an educator to help adults and families resolve their conflicts and reframe intentions for their lives.
Dr. Bennett has been a practicing mediator for nearly 15 years, certified in Basic, Family, and Victim-Offender Mediation. For her work as a volunteer mediator with Justice Court in Bozeman, Mt., Peggy was given a Peacemaker Award by the Community Mediation Center. Peggy is also a certified life coach, personally trained by Martha Beck, columnist with Oprah’s O Magazine.

Her "Peaceful, Powerful You!" presentations are popular with educator, church, and business groups, seeking ways to be at their best in difficult situations.

Her presentations reflect Dr. Bennett's s passion for intrapersonal and interpersonal reconciliation by prompting participants to make thoughtful choices for the words they say and the behaviors they display.
Author of five books and over 40 pedagogical and research articles in major music education journals, Peggy is an award-winning teacher who has been an invited presenter for educators at conferences, university courses, and professional development days across the U.S., plus Australia, Canada, England, and Japan.

Dr. Bennett holds degrees from the University of North Texas (PhD) and Ball State University (BS, MA) and resides in Bozeman, Mont. and Oberlin, Ohio.