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 writing skills and argumentative strategies 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, he was a graduate assistant at U of I where he supervised student teachers, worked with a multitude of undergraduate courses, and participated in various research 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.
Dr. Helton’s primary research interests include arts education policy and cognitive science approaches to beginning instrumental pedagogy. His research and writings have been published in the International Journal of Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, The Instrumentalist, and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series. Dr. Helton has presented clinics for the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Ohio Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Conference, and the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Dr. Helton remains an active public school music advocate and wind band clinician in the Cleveland community.