Joyce Bennett grew up in Salt Lake City and attended East High School and the University of Utah for 2 years. She then married and moved to Washington, DC where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in flute performance from American University and completed graduate studies in Suzuki flute pedagogy in the ETSU Suzuki Studies Program at East Tennessee State University. A certified Suzuki teacher at all levels, Joyce is also a certified Music Mind Games teacher trainer. She has taught Suzuki flute in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and flute and Music Mind Games at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC.
Her flute teachers include Eugene Foster, William Kincaid, Mark Thomas, Roger Stevens, Toshio Takahashi, Rebecca Paluzzi, and Louis Moyse and Music Mind Games training from Michiko Yurko. She has played with the Utah Symphony, the Pacific Palisades Orchestra, and the West Valley Chamber Orchestra.
She has taught and presented flute and Music Mind Games at Suzuki institutes, conferences, and workshops in Colorado, Washington, Utah, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. She has performed at the Louis Moyse International Flute Master Class in Saint Amour, France and has studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Toshio Takahashi in Matsumoto, Japan.
She has also taught Music Mind Games over Zoom at International workshops based in Tennessee and Washington DC.
She is currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah where the is serving as the Chairman of the School of Music Advisory board at the University of Utah and serving on the board of the Virginia Tanner Children’s Dance Theater also connected to the University of Utah. She is also choir director and music chair in her church and president of the Music Circle Club.
She also performs regularly at Senior Centers and Retirement Homes as part of the Cameo Club which is the performing arm of the Ms Senior America Pageant.
She and former Senator Robert Bennett of Utah are the parents of six children and twenty perfect grandchildren and four great grandchildren.