Assistant Professor of Music, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Piano Performance, Bachelor of Music, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studied with Robert Roux
Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, studied with Martha Hilley, Sophia Gilmson, Nancy Garrett.
Michael Benson coordinates all facets of the keyboard program. He has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, Steinway Hall, and Preston Bradley Hall on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and has contributed piano pedagogy articles to Texas Music Teacher, American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, Keyboard Companion, Clavier and the on-line journal Piano Pedagogy Forum.
In March 2011, he began a two-year appointment as a member of the Editorial Committee for Music Teachers National Associations e-Journal. He has presented his personal research on Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Solo Piano Sonatas at international workshops in Vienna, Austria and Novi Sad, Serbia and has a book due to be published by University Press of America, Inc. titled, A Comparative Study on the Published Completions of the Unfinished Movements in Franz Schubert’s Sonata in C Major, D. 840 (“Reliquie”).
His teaching has included a semester abroad as a foreign expert in the Art Education College of JiMei University (Peoples Republic of China) and faculty appointments at Carl Sandburg College, the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Oakland University (MI) and The Ohio State University at Lima.
During the summer months, he teaches at several piano camps and has been inspired by the young musicians he has collaborated with at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He holds degrees in piano performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied piano with Robert Roux and The University of Texas at Austin where he studied piano and piano pedagogy with Martha Hilley, Sophia Gilmson and Nancy Garrett.