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Benjamin P In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Trombone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Funk, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

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Benjamin P In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Trombone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Musical Theater, Funk, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, DePaul University, Jazz Studies (With Distinction) BM, University of Denver, Jazz Studies & Commercial Music

Awards:

2017-Recorded on Sir the Baptist's Album Saint or Sinner 2016-Guest Artist at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park 2014- University of Denver Outstanding Recital Award 2014- Recorded on the winning submission for Downbeat's Best Engineered Studio Recording in 2014 2011- Performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop

Overview:
I am an experienced and versatile trombonist and educator living in Chicago. I hold a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver.. I have been teaching and playing professionally for over 7 years. My professional experiences include playing in big bands, small jazz ensembles, musical theater productions, salsa bands, wedding bands, funk groups, and traveling the world performing aboard cruise ships. I have been teaching privately since 2009, maintaining a studio of trombone, jazz improvisation, and beginner piano students.
EXPERIENCE
My passion for teaching began my senior year of high school when I assumed a leadership role within my band program. I led trombone and brass sectionals and helped to mentor younger students. As a result of those experiences, I built a private studio of trombone students made up of my classmates and have maintained a private studio ever since. As I grew as a musician I began to teach jazz improvisation to other instruments and added beginning piano students to my roster. In addition to teaching privately, I have taught at numerous music schools in Denver and presented jazz trombone clinics at high schools in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
METHODS USED
The methods I use to teach depend on a number of factors. For enrolled in beginner band at their school, I will use whichever method their school is using. If the school is not using a specific method, I use the Rubank method supplemented with my own materials. For more advanced players I assign various etude books, jazz play along books, and method books based on the students needs. I provide all the materials for my beginning piano students for the first few months, then assign method books based on the student's interests.  
LESSON STYLE
My main objective as an educator is to share my enthusiasm for music and develop a lifelong love for music in my students. I do not have one specific style of teaching because I believe it to be my job to cater my teaching style to the learning style of my students. Every student has different objectives and interests. I do my best to help students learn what they are interested in while insuring they develop excellent fundamentals on their instrument and a strong knowledge of music theory. I aim to encourage steady improvement and ensure all my students are having fun with music.
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Roberto Cortes

5

He's been great with teaching all of the info needed for beginners and great motivation to honing my skills.

Review posted on Aug 01, 2018

Martina Brockway

5

Ben is easy-going and very knowledgeable. My nine-year-old son is really enjoying his lessons.

Review posted on May 08, 2016
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