Benno Spieker is a PhD student at the Institute for Psycho-accoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM) at the university of Ghent and at the Human Media Interaction group at the university of Twente (joint-PhD).
Benno has a master degree in Musicology from Utrecht University (MA, 2015, cum laude) and a bachelor degree in Teaching Music in Schools from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (2003). After working at a secondary school (2002-2009) and at a teacher academy (2009-2017), Benno currently teaches pedagogy and digital didactics at the Music in Education course at the conservatoire of ArtEZ University of the Arts in Enschede (since 2015). Furthermore, Benno is project manager for the Dutch foundation Méér muziek in de klas (More Music in the Classroom), which is promoting music education in primary education on a national scale.
On voluntary basis, Benno is board member of the Dutch network of teacher educators in music education (NMP) and board member of the Dutch School Music Association (VLS). To keep a healthy connection with the music practice, Benno plays drums/percussion with Dutch soprano singer Laura Engel and her En-canto.