Benjamin C. Helton is full-time Instructor of Music Education at Case Western Reserve University. His duties include directing the Spartan Marching Band, teaching 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 and a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University. He is currently a music education doctoral candidate at 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.
Mr. Helton’s research interests include evaluation and licensure for music teachers, teaching instrumental music to adult beginners, 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. Mr. Helton has presented clinics for the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Illinois Music Educators Clinic, and the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Helton remains an active public school music advocate and clinician and spends his summers working as a band coordinator and low brass instructor for Illinois Summer Youth Music camps.