- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
My name is Ben, and I am a full-time performing jazz pianist and accordionist based in New York City (you can learn more about my music career in my professional bio, which is included below). I have been teaching for ten years in just about every setting (from classroom to private, young to old, jazz and classical). I love teaching because I love learning how to communicate and connect with people of all different backgrounds and learning styles, and I enjoy sharing the journey of music with others and coming to understand what music means to them. Every person has a different goal, and if I can help people learn how to take manageable steps towards that goal every day, I feel I have succeeded. Hope to meet you soon!
Ben is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a graduate of the exchange program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award in 2010 (and an honorable mention in 2018), the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Original Song in 2010, and the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement in 2011. Ben has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Jerry Dodgion, Warren Wolf, Eliot Zigmund and many more. Recently, Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ben is the founder of the Columbia Jazz House, a student-run jazz advocacy group at Columbia University that promotes jazz on campus through concerts, educational workshops and jam sessions. On December 28th, 2015, the Columbia Jazz House was featured in a New York Times article called "Melodies Night and Day in This Columbia Dorm."
Almost ten years of experience with private instruction in classical and jazz piano, accordion, composition, theory, ear training and music history. I have experience with all age ranges (from five years old to adult), all levels of previous training and different styles of learning.+ Read More
Volunteer instructor with Musical Mentors Collaborative, Inc., a not-for-profit that provides music instruction for local public schools.
Afterschool music instructor - Jazz band.
Awarded for receiving the second-highest passing designation on Phil Schaap's Jazz History exam.
I've taken jazz piano lessons with Ben for almost a year and I really enjoy them! He always finds new ways to explain things and suggests different exercises, even when we are working on one same tune. I always feel motivated to practice at the end of the lesson.+ Read More
I have learned so much from Ben about what it is to play jazz and have enjoyed every minute of it.
Ben is not only a very talented pianist and kind human being, but he is an incredibly intuitive teacher who understands how to constructively offer suggestions for what needs to be improved but also knows how to push you to the next level (in a way that seems on the edges of what is reachable). This makes learning the piano so exciting, productive, and varied and fun. I highly recommend Ben. It is a privilege to learn from and with him.+ Read More
I have studied music all of my life and have finally found the teacher with the best combination of skill and understanding that I student could ask for.He is also well prepared with new and interesting pieces for me to play.
Ben has been teaching my 11 year old son jazz piano every week and we feel so lucky to have him as a teacher. Ben is a true artist and inspired teacher and this all comes through in his lessons. It seems every time my son had a lesson, he says, “that was my best lesson with Ben ever!”+ Read More