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Stephen Benham

Associate Dean; Associate Professor, Music Education; Area Coordinator, Strings
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music Education

School of Music 303
Phone: 412.396.1887


Ph.D., Music Education, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 2004
M.M., Music Education, University of Michigan, 1992
B.S., Music Education, University of Minnesota, 1988

Stephen Benham is Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Graduate Studies at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a leading expert in string pedagogy and teaching, Dr. Benham is in high international demand as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and consultant, with professional appearances in more than 30 states and throughout Europe.

Dr. Benham completed his undergraduate training at the University of Minnesota and conducted his graduate studies at the University of Michigan (M.M.) and the University of Rochester-Eastman School of Music (Ph.D.). At Duquesne, Dr. Benham teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and string pedagogy.

Prior to this, Dr. Benham held teaching and conducting positions in both public and private schools in Rochester, NY, Salem, OR, and in Ann Arbor and Grand Haven, MI. He also served as the Music Director for the Salem Youth Symphony Association in Salem, Oregon, and the Holland Area Youth Symphony in Holland, Michigan.

Dr. Benham's areas of expertise include string pedagogy, methods, curriculum, assessment, and teacher training. His research interests center on sociological and cultural 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 such as the Society for Ethnomusicology. Dr. Benham is the lead author of the ASTA String Curriculum: Standards, Goals, Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs. He has also authored several articles and chapters for scholarly journals or books including Encyclopedia of American String Teacher, Journal of Music Teacher Education.

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 music education projects in Eastern, Northern, and Central Europe. Under his direction, more than 20 new community music schools have been founded in Ukraine since 1999. He is an active leader in the music education profession, having served in leadership positions in several states and is president of the American String Teachers Association.