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BA, Evangel University, Music.
2012 - Academic Achievement in Music
2006 - Binda Music Award
Hi Everyone! My name is Benjamin! I'm a high-energy guy that loves to teach music. My students come from all walks of life and from various ages. In 2012, I graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, focusing on composition. Getting to see people advance in music has been one of my true joys as a teacher. It has also been my joy to perform with some great musicians all over Missouri. It is my hope that I can be an inspiration in your musical endeavors, whatever they are.
I have been teaching lessons since High School. Back then, I mostly taught beginner students on the Piano. Since College, I have expanded my teaching repertoir to include Piano, Organ, Violin, and Viola. For the past 7 years, I have been teaching and instructing my students on the best practices as blossoming musicians. Nothing can make you a better musician than practice and consistency. No matter what genre of music you are interested in, you must practice. There will always be times were you have to force yourself to practice (because it won't always be fun), but the gains are never dull. It has been my experience that those students who apply themselves diligently, love to play the songs that they have mastered over and over again.
For beginning students on Piano, I like to start with Alfred's Basic Piano Books. For clarinet: H. Klose. For Viola and Violin: Suzuki. There is a small amount of leeway I allot for those students who are exemptional. These books offer easy ways for begining students to learn the rudiments and mechanics of their particular instrument. Once progression is being made in the development of rudiments and mechanics, I start to incorporate solo works to spice up the learning experience. I like to have fun with my lessons. So, sometimes we will shy away from our regular studies to investigate some modern, and cool things that are being done with music.
It is important to me that each of my students learns to love their instrument. But, even more than the love of their instrument, is the importance of knowing and understanding one's instrument. I offer positive reinforcement, encouraging my student in realistic goals. I acknowledge accomplishments that help fuel my student's desires to progress. However, I do not hide from the fact that pursuing music is a discipline. A well structured and commited practice time offers the best benefits. There is no greater reward than to be able to play what your heart desires.
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