stephen benham

Stephen Benham

Professor, Music Education; Area Coordinator, Strings; Co-Chair of Performance
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

Dr. Stephen Benham is Professor of Music Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). He has degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Benham is an internationally-acclaimed clinician, speaker, consultant, and conductor with expertise in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, teacher training, and new program development. His work has been featured in numerous international research seminars and conferences including ASTA, NAfME, and Society for Ethnomusicology, among many others. Dr. Benham is the author of Yes You Can! A Survival Guide for Teaching Strings (Carl Fischer), co-author of Sound Innovations: Creative Warm-ups-Exercises for Intonation, Rhythm, Bowing, and Creativity (Alfred), and lead author of the ASTA String Curriculum: Standards, Goals, Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs (ASTA). 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 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 music education projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. He is an internationally-recognized leader having served in board positions with major non-profit associations and organizations, including president of the American String Teachers Association.