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Faculty Spotlight: Stephen Benham

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music Education, Stephen Benham, has had a productive year in terms of publishing new and innovative materials for teachers and researchers. 

benham-1Carl Fischer recently released his new textbook, "Yes, You Can: A Survival Guide to Teaching Strings," which was written for the thousands of teachers across the country who currently teach stringed instruments but are not string players.

benham-4He also collaborated with well-known string authors Bob Phillips, Kirk Moss, and Matt Turner to produce "Creative Warm-Ups: Exercises for Intonation, Rhythm, Bowing, and Creativity," published by Alfred. This is part of the larger Sound Innovations series published by Alfred and designed for use in middle and high school orchestra classrooms.

benham-2Finally, Benham was selected to be part of a team led by Nobel laureate Vernon Smith to write a chapter on the role of music and art on the development of culture and thought as part of a collection of works from the volume Reformatsiya: Uspikh Yevropy i shans dlya Ukrayiny "The Reformation: A Success for Europe and a Chance for Ukraine." The book was published by Summit Press and released with the backing of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Benham continues his work in Ukraine, where he has consulted for more than twenty years on new and developing music education programs. This work has taken him to multiple developing countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, where there are now beginning music education programs in church community music schools. He continued his research and efforts in music education development this past fall in Zambia, where he worked with several new music programs, providing direct guidance and musical assistance to the young teachers and students. He looks forward to returning to Zambia in the near future.

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To read more about Benham, please visit his faculty profile page.

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