Stephen Benham is Associate Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has degrees from the University of Minnesota (BSME), the University of Michigan (M.M.), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D.).
Dr. Benham is an internationally-acclaimed clinician, speaker, consultant, and conductor with expertise in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, teacher training, and new program development. His research interests center on sociocultural issues in music education, including studies on increasing music access in underserved populations, the role of music education in ethnic minority communities, culturally relevant pedagogy, and music education and identity construction. His work has been featured in numerous international research seminars and conferences including ASTA, NAfME, Society for Ethnomusicology, among many others. Dr. Benham is the author of the forthcoming Band and Choral Director’s Guide to Teaching Strings (Carl Fischer) and lead author of the ASTA String Curriculum: Standards, Goals, Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K–12 String Programs. He has also written several articles and chapters for scholarly publications, including handbooks and encyclopedias published by Oxford University Press and SAGE publications.
Dr. Benham is also an active consultant in the development of new music programs in communities without current string programs across the US, in addition to providing expertise to new international music education projects in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. He is a nationally-recognized leader in the, having served in leadership positions in several states and is past-president of the American String Teachers Association.