Bill Benjamin specializes in musical composition and theory. His early work involved a technical analysis of 19th and 20th century music. He also produced a range of musical compositions that garnered a number of honours. More recently, his interests have shifted away from straight analysis to exploring the nature and function of musical memory, a concern that touches on an aspect of musical reality confronted by musicians and non-musicians alike. As a musical theorist, he is considered one of the most distinctive authorities in that field.
Dr. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University, and a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree and Doctorate Degree in Musical Theory and Composition from Princeton University. He came to The University of British Columbia (UBC) as an Associate Professor of Music in 1978, becoming Professor in 1983 and Director of the School of Music in 1984.