Benjamin Bird
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Benjamin Bird

Benjamin B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Looking for lessons to prepare for an audition, solo and ensemble competition, or just improve your general trumpet skills? My teaching approach is rooted in time-tested techniques (Arban, Schlossberg, Clarke), but with modern adaptations to help students of all skill levels. I have performed professionally playing jazz, orchestral music, commercial music, and pop/funk.

About Benjamin B.

Hello! I got my Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music in jazz trumpet performance. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in music education from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. I also work as an assistant with the University of Miami Marching Band. I have performed professionally on cruise ships, with the Chopin Piano Competition Orchestra, with rock/funk bands, and with the grammy-winning Eastman Wind Ensemble. Throughout my performing, teaching, and education careers I have developed familiarity with the jazz, classical, funk, rock, and pop genres. I believe in teaching students both the notes on the page, and the historical, theoretical, and musical contexts behind the notes. I look forward to teaching students of all ages and from all backgrounds and skill levels! I look forward to learning with you!


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Feb 2020 - Present

Jazz Band for Music Educators

I created and run a class/ensemble at the University of Miami that helps prepare future music teachers to run a jazz band

Outreach Teacher
Aug 2019 - Present

MusicReach - University of Miami

Go out into the community and teach jazz improv lessons and classical brass lessons

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2019 - Present

Frost Band of the Hour

Assist with Marching Band activities and coach brass sections

Nov 2014 - Present

Various Gigs and Schools

I have freelanced throughout Miami and Rochester, New York. I have also recorded albums with pop/funk bands.

Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

Princess Cruise Lines

Performed in the House Band of the Crown Princess


Master's of Music - Music Education
Aug 2019 - Present

Frost School of Music

Bachelor's of Music - Jazz Trumpet Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2019

Eastman School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Collegiate Jazz Ensemble
May 2016

Downbeat Magazine


National Association for Music Education
Sep 2019
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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