Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
Ben Bolden

Ben Bolden

Associate Professor of Music Education
613-533-6000 ext. 77762

BMus (Carleton), B.Ed. (OISE/UT), MMus (British Columbia), PhD (Toronto)

Associate Professor of Music Education, Graduate Faculty

Dr. Benjamin Bolden, music educator and composer, is an associate professor and UNESCO Chair of Arts and Learning in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada. His research interests include arts education, music education, the learning and teaching of composing, creativity, arts-based research, assessment in the arts, teacher education, teacher knowledge, and teachers’ professional learning. His research has been published in journals including Review of Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Music Education Research, and Music Educators Journal. As a teacher, Ben has worked with pre-school, elementary, secondary, and university students in Canada, England, and Taiwan. 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 across Canada and internationally.

Research Interests

  • Arts education 
  • Music education 
  • Creativity 
  • The learning and teaching of composing 
  • Arts-based research 
  • Assessment in the arts 
  • Teacher education 
  • Teacher knowledge 
  • Teachers’ professional learning
Selected Publications
  • Bolden, B., Corcoran, S., & Butler, A. (2021). A scoping review of research that examines El Sistema and Sistema-inspired music education programs. Review of Education. (in press).
  • Bolden, B. (2020). Teaching with and for aesthetic experience: Baking buns for Mrs. Blinks. European Journal of Curriculum Studies, 5(2), 886-897.
  • Bolden, B., & Beach, P. (2020). Integrating music and literacy: Applying music concepts to support prosody and reading fluency. General Music Today, 34(2), 5-12.
  • Bolden, B., DeLuca, C., Kukkonen, T., Roy, S., & Wearing, J. (2020). Assessment of creativity in K-12 education: A scoping review. Review of Education, 8(2), 343-376.
  • Beach, P., & Bolden, B. (2018). Music education meets critical literacy: A framework for guiding music listening. Music Educators Journal, 105(2), 43-50.
  • Kukkonen, T., & Bolden, B. (2018). Teaching lives: An arts-informed exploration of teacher experience. Art/Research International 3(2), 150-171. Bolden, B. (2017). Music as method: Musically enhanced narrative inquiry. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18(9), 1-19.
  • DeLuca, C., Bolden, B., & Chan, J. (2017). Systematic professional learning through collaborative inquiry: Examining teachers’ perspectives. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67, 67-78.
  • Bolden, B., & DeLuca, C. (2016). Making space for the magical: Leveraging assessment as an incitement for emergent learning. Assessment Matters, 10, 52-71.
Selected Musical Compositions & Notable Performances
  • Bolden, B. (2018). Twilight, for TTBB choir. 

    • Finalist in the Chor Leoni C-4 Canadian Choral Composition Competition
    • Premiered by Chor Leoni, Vancouver, February 2018.
  • Bolden, B. (2016). Sing It Together, arranged for SATB choir and piano. 

    • Commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education. 
    • Performed by elementary and secondary school choirs across Canada for the 11th annual national event: Music Monday, May, 2017.
  • Bolden, B. (2016). Tread Softly, for SATB choir. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwPdDUDIybo

    • Winner of the 2016 Choral Canada Competition for Choral Writing.
    • Premiered by the National Youth Choir of Canada, Edmonton, AB, May, 2016.
    • Broadcast on CBC Radio 2, July 3 & September 4, 2016.
    • Published by Cypress Choral Music Publishers: Vancouver.
  • Bolden, B. (2016). Harvest, for SATB choir. 

    • Winner of the 2016 NewWorks Canadian Choral Composition Competition.
    • Premiered by Da Capo Chamber Choir, May 6, 2017, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Bolden, B. (2016). Boundless, for SATB choir and piano. 

    • Commissioned by the Wilfrid Laurier University Singers (director Lee Willingham). 
    • Premiered at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, January 31, 2017.
  • Bolden, B. (2013). Winter Child, for SATB choir and piano.

    • Commissioned by Mark Sirett and Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, 
    • Premiered at Sydenham St. United Church, December 2013.
  • Bolden, B. (2013). Is Somebody Singing (ISS), arranged for SATB choir and piano (original song composed by Ed Robertson and Chris Hadfield). 

    • Commissioned by the Coalition for Music Education. 
    • Performed by elementary and secondary school choirs across Canada with Astronaut Chris Hadfield live streamed from aboard the International Space Station (!) for the 7thannual national event: Music Monday, May 8, 2013.