The 2013 Recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award in Service, Benjamin D. Caton is currently the Immediate Past President of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Caton's time on the MTNA Board spans 10 years during which time he has served as MTNA Southern Division President, MTNA Secretary/Treasurer, MTNA President-elect, and MTNA President.
An avid football fan, Dr. Caton is a strong supporter of the Buckeyes of the Ohio State University where he earned his MA (1972) and PhD (1982). Caton holds a Pedagogy/Musicianship Certificate from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute.
In 2004, Caton was named the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award given by Tennessee Music Teachers Association. Other honors include the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Foundation for the Advancement of Music Award for Excellence, the John Phillip Sousa Award (while playing trombone in high school band), and being named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. He served two terms as member of the Music Advisory Panel for the Tennessee Arts Commission.
His articles have appeared in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher, and The Tennessee Musician. He has presented numerous sessions at local and state associations.
At ETSU Professor Caton teaches Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Aural Skills. He chairs the piano division of the department.