Ben Schwendener
Jamaica Plain, MA
Ben Schwendener

Ben S.

Jamaica Plain, MA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Composer / pianist Ben Schwendener sustains a unique voice in contemporary creative music and is a leading authority on George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, which he assisted Russell in teaching at the New England Conservatory from 1986 to 2004. After Russell’s retirement, he has continued to teach the LCC at NEC to this day. He was (from 1986 on) an editorial assistant to the late George Russell, and is a certified teacher (and while Russell was alive, of teachers) of the Lydian Chromatic Concept, and has given lectures, workshops and seminars at Universities around the USA and at institutions around the world. Schwendener has helped to establish a new direction in natural pedagogy and dialogue-based arts education, establishing Organic Music Theory and Universal Musical Elements as primary creative sources.

I customize our sessions to realize your musical aims. We take a creative approach and immediately begin - wherever you are - to make music that feels and sounds good. Proper technique, ear training (the ability to recognize and play what you hear), composition and improvisation are all introduced. My individualized approach allows you to explore, develop, and cultivate your unique artistic voice. Instead of traditional piano method materials, I like to work with a blank manuscript book that we fill with arrangements of pieces (in any style) that you choose, original works, and exercises - all customized to your ability.

About Ben S.

I customize our sessions to realize your musical aims. We take a creative approach and immediately begin - wherever you are - to make music that feels and sounds good. Proper technique, ear training (the ability to recognize and play what you hear), composition and improvisation are all introduced. My individualized approach allows you to explore, develop, and cultivate your unique artistic voice. Instead of traditional piano method materials, I like to work with a blank manuscript book that we fill with arrangements of pieces (in any style) that you choose, original works, and exercises - all customized to your ability.

With a background in jazz, classical, rock and other modern styles, my approach to teaching music (piano, composition, improvisation) is customized for the student. I like to cover all elements of music creation and performance, improvisation, as well as proper technique on the keyboard. Realizing finished, performable works that express your unique voice is an important part of my approach. I enjoy working with people of any age and ability level.

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