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Bonnie Blu Williams is Coordinator of Music Education Studies and Professor of Music Education. She teaches seminar in music education, introduction to music education, elementary music methods, jr/sr choral methods, and music for the elementary education major. Additionally, she teaches graduate music education classes and supervises vocal/piano student teachers. Dr. Williams coordinates music education student teaching and observations, advises International students for the Music Department, and is the Music Department Graduate Studies Coordinator.
Dr. Williams is the past-president of the Mississippi Music Educators Association and was selected the MS Music Educator of the Year for 2003. She served on the board for Mississippi Girlchoir, Mississippi Sings, and Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. She contributed to the development of the Mississippi Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks and was a content writer for the PBS Video Series Music. In 2013 she was selected by her peers to be the 2013 Arts & Sciences Distinguished Lecturer.
Dr. Williams holds the BME degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and MME and PHD degrees from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Her research focused on the adolescent girl’s changing voice. She has three levels of Kodaly and Orff Certification training and did summer study in both Hungary and Austria. She also has certification in Music Together. Dr. Williams has presented research at the Sixth International Symposium of Singing in St. John’s Newfoundland, at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Visual & Performing Arts in Athens Greece, and at the Fourth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition, she has presented workshop sessions at National ACDA, National MENC, National Kodaly and Southern Division MENC conferences. Her articles have appeared in Journal of Singing, Texas Music Education Research, Update: Applications in Research in Music Education, & Music Educators Journal.
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