Ben Harris

Ben H.

Lees Summit, MO

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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:
April 1973

EXPERIENCE
Instructor for two years at North Central University, Minneapolis, MN.
Music Director and Producer of Ben Jamin’ Breakthru CD.
Instructor for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory.
Private Teacher of bass theory and technique with an emphasis on jazz and classical applications.
Member of various jazz, gospel, blues, classical and pop music groups.
Provided independent workshops in which I worked with students on basic guitar, bass, piano and drum skills including music interpretation, rhythmic development and music theory
Private Teacher of bass and guitar at East Valley Music for two and half years with a regular roster of 40-50 students.
Private Teacher of bass and guitar at Music and Arts in Mesa for three years

EDUCATION
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA.
Music Major

Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY.
Music Major

Bass studies with
Bill Curtis of the Boston Pops Orchestra
John Neves of the Berklee College of Music
Bill Fielder, chairman of Rutgers Jazz Music Department, Music Theory
John Ebinger of the Phoenix Symphony

PERFORMANCES
Performed for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Included recording “Bridging the Gap,” Received three stars in review by Downbeat Magazine.
Performed with Pianist Composer and Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill.
Performed with variety of talented artists such as: Doc Pitman of the Inkspots, Jazz Organist Jimmy Smith, Sir Charles Hughes of the Drifters, Guitarist Mike Stern
Perform and lead the Ben H. Trio. Currently playing in a variety of venues.
Performed in a variety of theatrical, corporate and wedding settings.


*** Lesson Details ***
My strengths are in developing creative teaching techniques and training approaches which quickly produce results, improving skills and confidence in students. My focus in teaching is music fundamentals in blues/pop/jazz idiom in addition to scales and chords. I use a variety of curricula based off the student's level and interest. I am willing to work with students to learn music that they are interested in. I concentrate on both reading music and learning to play by ear.

*** Specialties ***
I play all styles Jazz, Blues, Pop, Latin, Swing, etc

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Experience

Guitar/Bass Instructor
Mar 2014 - Present
Ben H. Jazz

EXPERIENCE Instructor for two years at North Central University, Minneapolis, MN. Music Director and Producer of Ben Jamin’ Breakthru CD. Instructor for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory. Private Teacher of bass theory and technique with an emphasis on jazz and classical applications. Member of various jazz, gospel, blues, classical and pop music groups. Provided independent workshops in which I worked with students on basic guitar, bass, piano and drum skills including music interpretation, rhythmic development and music theory Private Teacher of bass and guitar at East Valley Music for two and half years with a regular roster of 40-50 students. Private Teacher of bass and guitar at Music and Arts in Mesa for three years

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Education

Music Education/Credits Applied
Sep 1974 - May 1976
Berklee College Of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Three Stars in Review
Jul 1982
Down Beat Magazine

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