Ben Blevins graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Music, with a concentration in music theory. His senior undergraduate thesis explored the motivic transformations in the music from the Lord of the Rings films. At UTA, Ben studied violin under Dr. Martha Walvoord and participated in the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Clif Evans. His experience in music theory has greatly informed his teaching philosophy.
Currently Ben is a graduate student in music education at UTA, and will complete his degree in the Fall of 2017. His current research is centered on music preference and social identity in adolescents, and has presented projects such as “What are you feeding your brain?”, and “Forming social identity through music: Does musical experience play a role?” Ben plans to continue his research in music in hopes of contributing to a broader understanding of the importance of music education everywhere.