Michael L. Benson


Member, Nominating Committee
Elected November 2020; term ends November 2021

Michael L. Benson serves as Associate Professor of Music, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, and Director of the Malone University Preparatory Program at Malone University. He is beginning his sixth year as Department Chair for music and completed a two-year term as Faculty Senate Chair in May 2019.

He has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, Steinway Hall in New York City, and at Preston Bradley Hall on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. He has contributed piano pedagogy articles to Music Teachers National Association’s E-Journal, Texas Music Teacher, American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, Keyboard Companion, Clavier, and the online journal Piano Pedagogy Forum. Professor Benson has presented group piano research during the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin and has been invited to present piano masterclasses at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and Brigham Young University. He has presented research papers at the First Music Technology Conference in Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China, and at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Professor Benson is active with Ohio Music Teachers Association, where he serves as the State Chair for the Buckeye Auditions. In 2019, he was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

Professor Benson holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

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Posted December 2020