Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

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 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.

Research Interests

  • arts education assessment
  • creativity
  • arts-based research methodologies
  • the learning and teaching of composing
  • teachers’ professional learning
  • Web 2.0 technologies in education
Selected Publications
  • Kukkonen, T., & Bolden, B. (2018). Teaching lives: An arts-informed exploration of teacher experience. Art/Research International. (in press)
  • Ijdens, T., Bolden, B. & Wagner, E. (Eds.). (2018). Arts education around the world: Seven years after the Seoul Agenda. Münster, Germany: Waxmann.
  • Beach, P., & Bolden, B. (2018). Music education meets critical literacy: A framework for guiding music listening. Music Educators Journal (in press).
  • 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. (2017). Music as method: Musically enhanced narrative inquiry. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18(9), 1-19.
  • 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 as transformative music engagement. Music Education Research, 17(1), 17-33.
  • Bolden, B., Linton, L., Younker, B. A., Willingham, L. Niknafs, N., & Bartel, L. (2015). What in Music is Going On? How teachers engage students with music in Ontario schools. The Recorder, 58(1).
  • DeLuca, C. & Bolden, B. (2014). Music performance assessment: Exploring three approaches for quality rubric construction. Music Educators Journal, 101(1), 70-76.
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.