Associate Professor of Music Education, Graduate Faculty
arts education assessment
arts-based research methodologies
the learning and teaching of composing
teachers’ professional learning
Web 2.0 technologies in education
Bolden, B. (2016). Tread Softly, for SATB choir. Winner of the 2016 Choral Canada Competition for Choral Writing. Cypress Choral Music Publishers: Vancouver. Youtube performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwPdDUDIybo
Bolden, B. (forthcoming). Music as method: Musically Enhanced Narrative Inquiry. International Journal of Education and the Arts.
Bolden, B., & DeLuca, C. (2016). Making space for the magical: Leveraging assessment as an incitement for emergent learning. Assessment Matters, 10, 52-71.
Kukkonen, T., & Bolden, B. (2016). "Draw a tree and see what happens!": A collaborative and arts-informed exploration of emergent curriculum. Canadian Art Teacher, 14(1), 32-39.
Bolden, B., Linton, L., Younker, B. A., Willingham, L., Nifknafs, N., & Bartel, L. (2015). What in music is going in? How teachers engage students with music in Ontario. The Recorder, 58(1), 12-21.
Bolden, B., & Nahachewsky, J. (2015). Podcast creation: A methodology for exploring self within music teacher education. Journal ofMusic, Technology & Education, 8(3), 243-260.
DeLuca, C., & Bolden, B. (2014). Music performance assessment: Exploring three approaches for quality rubric construction. Music Educators Journal, 101(1), 70-76.
Bolden, B., & Willingham, L. (2014). My story in music: Audio podcast creation as knowledge construction in music education. In S. A. O’Neill (Series Ed. & Vol. Ed.), Research to Practice: Vol. 6. Music and media infused lives: Music education in a digital age (pp. 141-160). Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators’ Association.
Bolden, B. (2013). Learner-created podcasts: Students’ stories with music. Music Educators Journal, 100(1), 75-80.
Bolden, B. (2012). The Funky Mamas: Learning to create and perform music for young children within a community of practice. International Journal of Community Music, 5(2), 111-130.
Bolden, B. (2012). Personhood and music learning as a Funky Mama. In S. A. O’Neill (Series Ed. & Vol. Ed.), Research to Practice: Vol. 5. Personhood and music learning: Multidisciplinary perspectives and narrative voices (pp. 41-61). Waterloo, ON: CMEA.
Bolden, B. (2012). Cross-country check-up: A survey of music education in Canada’s schools. In Beynon, C. & Veblen, K. (Eds.), Critical perspectives in Canadian music education (pp. 21-37). Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Dr. Benjamin Bolden, music educator and composer, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada. His research interests include arts education assessment, creativity, arts-based research methodologies, the learning and teaching of composing, community music, Web 2.0 technologies in education, teacher knowledge, and teachers’ professional learning. As a teacher, Ben has worked with pre-school, elementary, secondary, and university students in Canada, England, and Taiwan. Ben was editor of the Canadian Music Educator, journal of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs, from 2007-2014. Ben is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and his compositions have been performed by a variety of professional and amateur performing ensembles. In 2016 he won the Choral Canada Competition for Choral Writing. In December 2016, following his nomination and appointment by Queen’s University, UNESCO approved Ben as the new UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning. Ben is the proud father of three rascally boys.
performed by elementary and secondary school choirs across Canada, with the songwriter, astronaut Chris Hadfield, for the 7th annual national event: Music Monday, May 6, 2013.
Bolden, B. (2012). Muffin Man, Oranges, and Sixpence, for SSAA unaccompanied choir, commissioned by Philomela Women’s Choir, University of Victoria, and premiered at the UVic School of Music, April 4, 2012. (http://benjaminbolden.ca/composing/muffin-man/)
premiered by the Bell’Arte Singers, Toronto, March, 2003.
performed by Lyrica Chamber Choir, Barrie, ON, April 5, 2008.
performed by the Western University Chamber Choir, London, ON, Oct. 29 and Nov. 16, 2011.
Bolden, Benjamin. (2001). The Holly and the Ivy; Coventry Carol; I Saw Three Ships for unaccompanied SATB choir. Commissioned by St. Andrew’s United Church, Toronto. Published by Cypress Music Publishing, Vancouver. (http://cypresschoral.com/Composers/Bolden.html)