Instructor | Director of Spartan Marching Band
Dr. Benjamin C. Helton is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Spartan Marching Band. His other duties at CWRU have included teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, teaching in the SAGES program, and supervising student teachers. Helton holds a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Prior to teaching at CWRU, Mr. Helton was a graduate assistant at U of I where he supervised student teachers, worked with a multitude of undergraduate courses, and participated in various groups in the College of Education specializing in evaluation and cognitive sciences in teaching. At Northern Illinois University, he worked extensively with the Huskie Marching Band and directed the Huskie Pep Band. Before working for NIU, Benjamin taught instrumental music for Bloom District #206 in Chicago Heights, Illinois and before that, at a small rural district in Mendon, Illinois.
Dr. Helton’s research interests include evaluation, assessment, and licensure for music teachers, adult music learners, and cognitive science approaches to beginning instrumental pedagogy. He has been published in The Instrumentalist and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series. Dr. Helton has presented clinics for the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Illinois Music Educators Conference, and the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Dr. Helton remains an active public school music advocate and clinician.