Benjamin Z. began his musical journey when he was 9 with classical piano lessons in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree (Piano; Jazz Emphasis) at Portland State University in 2011. Benjamin has studied and performed straight ahead Jazz, Western Classical, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Experimental and electronic genres. He has composed and arranged for many types of ensembles including jazz vocal groups, jazz chamber groups (trios, quartets, etc), vocal ensembles and Big-bands.
Benjamin has experience working with students ranging from preschool to senior citizens in all skill levels. He has worked with adult group-piano classes at the collegiate level, coaching elementary students in after school music programs, group children's classes, and individual instruction. Benjamin welcomes students of all ages, styles, and skill levels.
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"As a teacher I offer a great deal of knowledge in many styles of music as well as a genuine motivation to impart the love I have for music performance. My journey through music has blessed me with experience in western classical, jazz, blues, and popular styles; all of which allows me to instruct students in whatever their musical goals may be. The lessons are always rooted in observing excellent pianistic technique and fundamental musicianship (ear training, reading music notation, etc). Finally, my students know me to be a patient instructor that consistently works to teach the material in a way that is accessible and relevant to the student's goals."
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The student should have a notebook to record our lessons in, a piano/keyboard to play and receive instruction on, and what ever music material I have assigned (course work, lesson book, etc). The keyboard should be 88-key and weighted. If the student is very young then it is not critical that the keyboard have weighted keys but it is still preferable.
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Voice and Piano
Instrumental and Vocal technique.
Jazz Repertoire: Standards, Comping, Improvisational studies
Western Classical Music. I have studied many classical styles: baroque, classical, romantic, and modern classical music.
Music Theory: Conservatory, Popular, and Jazz Styles.
Ethnic Musics: Several native musics from the far and middle east (Maqqam, Indian Hindustani, Japanese folk musics)
Primary Instructor at Eliason School of Music Multnomah Village, OR. Piano instruction on an individual basis to students of all ages.
One on one music instruction of Piano and Voice. Working with students of all ages and skill levels.
Performing music in the Portland area for nine years in many styles: Jazz, Contemporary, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Western Classical and Religious music.
Primary Instructor at Time to Play Studios Forest Grove, OR: Taught group piano classes to children and adults.
Teaching Assistant for winter-term of Beginning Adult Piano. Assisted students and the instructor in many class functions as well as provided occasional lectures.
Impact Northwest’s Sun Program at the Buckman Elementary School in Portland, OR. Leading after-school music classes for kindergarten-3rd grades.
Completed the Bachelor's in Music (Piano) with an emphasis on jazz performance. Studied under several nationally known musicians and composers. Feel free to ask for educational/professional references.