Ben Zweig

Ben Z.

New York, NY
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About

Ben delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

I’m Ben of BZ Drum Studio. I’m a professional drummer and educator. I’ve performed around the world, in Japan, China, South America, Europe, Canada, and across the US having worked with some incredible jazz musicians (Randy Weston, Johnny O’Neal, Larry Ridley, David Williams, Roy Hargrove, Joel Press, Cecil Bridgewater, Deborah Davis, Joe Cohn, Jerry Dodgion, and Steve Nelson).

I specialize in jazz but play and teach many genres on both drum set and percussion. I’m fascinated by the many drumming traditions around the world, New Orleans, Brazil, West/Central Africa, European Classical, Klezmer, Cuba, American Jazz, Folk, and Rock and Roll.

I have a B.M. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music and have 10+ years of private teaching experience. I’ve taught percussion classes at public, private, and charter schools and also have conducted jazz masterclasses at various universities around the country. My students have been regularly chosen for prestigious ensembles such as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s student ensembles, Manhattan School of Music pre-college and summer camp, and Columbia University’s jazz ensembles.

In lessons we focus on strengthening the fundamentals (time, sound, groove feeling) while also working on creativity and drum set language. I have a passion for teaching my students. Lessons are usually generously extended over the allotted time, and I take each student’s goals into account when tailoring the individual lesson curriculums.

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Experience

University Clinician
Sep 2013 - Present
Ben Rosenblum Trio / Champian Fulton Quartet / Michel Sheridan Quartet

University jazz clinics with various touring jazz ensembles. I've conducted workshops on rhythm section playing, jazz history and listening, business dealing in the modern gig economy, and technique for clearer melodic drumming.

Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present
BZ Drum Studio

Private Teaching Studio. Drums and Percussion. All Ages and experience level.

Percussion Teacher
Sep 2017 - May 2018
Atmosphere Academy

Percussion Instructor at Bronx Charter Middle School.

Percussion Teacher
Jan 2011 - May 2014
WHEELS

High School and Middle School Group Percussion Classes

Education

B.M. and M.M. - Jazz Drums
Sep 2011 - May 2017
Manhattan School of Music

Awards

NJ Governor's Award
May 2011
New Jersey State Arts Foundation

Photos & Videos

In Lexington, KY

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Live in Japan

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Recorded with Don Sickler's (grammy award winning producer) jazzleadsheets.com project honoring Al Cohn.
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3 Reviews

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William Feb 24, 2019
Drum · In studio

Ben is a talented drummer and an excellent educator: he really helped me improve as a musician. I highly recommend studying with him.

Cole Feb 13, 2019
Drum · In studio

Having been a student of Ben's for three years, I am proud to say that he is the best drum instructor I've ever had. Ben's approach is tailored directly to the student's needs, whether they be introductory or advanced. He is always supportive and encouraging of you to perform to your fullest potential and actively practice what you learn between lessons, for which he provides useful activities. Ben is also generous with his time each lesson, frequently spending a little extra time to ensure your understanding of the material. He is always prepared to start teaching at the appointed time, and he is easy to contact to set up lessons and flexible with his availability.

Outside of lessons, Ben has often invited me to see him play in clubs around New York City and sometimes perform myself if there's room. This has given me the opportunity to engage with the jazz community and see what I've been taught being applied in professional settings. Taking lessons from and spending time with Ben has been a fulfilling experience, and I would strongly recommend him to drumming students of all ages and backgrounds.

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Ben Feb 10, 2019
Drum · In studio

I have worked with Ben for many years. Ben is one of the most insightful and enthusiastic teachers I have ever encountered. He always knows how to focus his students’ attention on what they need to work on in a supportive and helpful way, giving them manageable assignments that isolate and strengthen the weak points of their playing. Ben is personally invested in his students’ improvement and love of music, and is wonderful at encouraging his students such that they really want to practice and get better. I’ve enjoyed every part of our lessons and highly recommend Ben as a teacher for a drummer or musician of any skill level. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting a number of Ben’s other students and I know they feel the same way!

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