Ben Wallace
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Ben Wallace

Ben W.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a passionate composer who's been working professionally with orchestras for over 5 years. I'm here to help with any and all aspects of music theory whether it's chord structures, formal analysis, Sonata Theory, or species counterpoint. But my absolute favorite subject is teaching composition! Should you decide you want to write music, I will work with you to develop your own voice and bring out your creativity. My teaching philosophy is about enabling my students to find joy in what they do. It’s not about appeasing someone else, but about making musical decisions that make you happy while simultaneously challenging yourself to be better than you are right now. I want my students to feel like every note they wrote and every sound they created feels right and perfect!

About Ben W.

Hello! I am a composer, pianist, and percussionist. I hold a bachelor's of music in percussion and composition from the University of Cincinnati and a master's of music in composition from the Yale School of Music. I am currently finishing up a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from the Yale School of Music.

Since I moved to New York, I've worked with such ensembles as The Albany Symphony, Grand Band, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sandbox Percussion, The String Orchestra of New York City, The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, The Videri String Quartet, and the Young People's Choir of NYC. I am a founding member and the percussionist of the new music/rock ensemble INVISIBLE ANATOMY. I also play keyboard and arrange for a videogame funk band called DiscoCactus.

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Education

DMA Music Composition
Aug 2015 - Present

Yale School of Music

MM Music Composition
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Yale School of Music

BM Composition + Percussion
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

University of Cincinnati

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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