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Benjamin M.
Ypsilanti, Michigan
I have played saxophone since I was in 5th grade. I have been in a variety of groups over the years; rock, funk, punk, jazz quartets and big-band jazz, and the experimental use of electronics. You will learn proper breath (dynamics) and embouchure control, tonguing techniques, standard and alternate fingerings, approaches to improvisation and assistance with a varied repertoire for performance. I own a 1967 Beuscher alto saxophone and an Elkhart C-tenor saxophone. My home studio has recording capability which I use to record lessons when they are needed for review. Ear training is a crucial part to music on any level, and I encourage playing by ear as an important element to improvisation and music appreciation. My lessons are fun, informative, and creative!
About Benjamin M.

Hello Future Students! Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at Home, at the Student's Home and through the use of Skype or Zoom. Masks are worn as needed. Originally from Ann Arbor, I spent a decade in NYC as well as Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience. As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is often the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science. One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I was born with and have developed throughout my life. I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what genre we are interested in. I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music and Thomas Jefferson College (MI). I have a BA at Columbia College Chicago double majoring in Music Composition and English . My band THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all the Songs. If you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach. As a Composer, I have worked with Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance -- most notably with the acclaimed poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I also formed and composed two symphonies for my 12-member saxophone orchestra based in NYC. I hope to hear from you soon!! Benjamin *** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed! For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach! For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional. Though I am not a Pianist per say, I can teach 2nd year Piano and fundamentals on Drums. *** Studio Equipment *** At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish. *** Travel Equipment *** Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!) *** Specialties *** I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.

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My daughter played flute for five years at school and saxophone is her second instrument that she wanted to learn to play. Ben has been her sax teacher for over 6 months now. He's very passionate about music and enjoys teaching students without a doubt. You can see his happiness in his eyes as a student progresses each week. They perform impressive duet every now and then, which is very entertaining.

Posted Aug 19, 2022
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Excellent instructor and a way cool guy. My first lesson was really informative, with so many helpful tips and techniques. Ben is a friendly, patient teacher, and I am looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Aug 6, 2019
Teacher's Studio

We had our first saxophone lesson with Benjamin today and it was excellent! He is clearly a master that can assess a student’s skill level and adapt the lesson to suit their needs. He is just what we needed :)

Posted Jun 22, 2019
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Band Leader and Conductor
Jul 2019 - Jul 2019
Benjamin Miller's Senorium Orchestra of Detroit
rehearsed and performed renowned Minimalist composition "In C" by Terry Riley at Trinosophes, Detroit. The audience was ecstatic due to the magic of the composition - which always sounds different every time it is performed!
Multiphonic Guitar and Vocal
Nov 2017 - Nov 2017
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I performed the eastcoast and had recording sessions in Paris with poet Stephanie Boubli and techno artist DJ Myako.
Nov 2017 - Nov 2017
Final performance of the multimedia piece, RUINES - Metz, FR. For this project, I narrated, sang and played organ.
Vocal/Narrative, Clavecine
Apr 2017 - Apr 2017
Brief Residency working on a new multimedia piece with Franck Vigroux
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017
Performed RUINES in Perpignan and Paris
Jan 2016 - Feb 2016
Paris, Montpellier, Reims, Marjevols, Lille
Premiered in France as the primary character in a 60' multimedia Play entitled RUINES
Artist in Residency: Ruines
Apr 2015 - Apr 2015
Riems, FR
Rehearsed as primary character (narrative/singing) in 60' multimedia Play.
Artist in Residency: Transistor
Nov 2014 - Nov 2014
Anis Gras, Paris FR
Collaborated as Vocalist with French electronic artist Franck V. Also collaborated with French poet Charles Robinson. Composed new work with both Collaborations and presented a multimedia performance.
Artist in Residency: Creative Sound Workshops
Jan 2013 - Jan 2013
C.A.S.A. (Music & Art School for High School Students in Harrisburg, PA)
Collaboration between Music & Poetry, Collaboration between Music and Painting.
Artist in Residency: Creative Sound Workshops
Apr 2012 - Apr 2012
Maryland Institute College of Arts (M.I.C.A.)
Workshop on Graphic Scores (pictorial music) and Found Sound (naturally occurring or sounds made without means of musical instruments)
Artist in Residency: Creative Sound Workshops
Jan 2011 - Jan 2011
C.A.S.A. (Music & Art School for High School Students in Harrisburg, PA)
20th Century Composition, Experimental Rock Orchestra, Collaboration between Music & Dance.
Artist in Residency: Creative Sound Workshops
Apr 2010 - Apr 2010
Maryland Institute College of Arts
Workshop on building small homemade musical instruments (Electric Cardboard Guitars, Straw Oboes, Tin Can Drums Sets) including basic instruction on Rhythm and Sound.
Data Management
Sep 2000 - Oct 2009
Arts & Entertainment Television Network (A.E.T.N., NYC) and Real Estate (Chicago)
Real Estate Database management (Chicago) and Database management of Film Rights, Actors Rights (NYC). I was laid off in 2009 due to the Economic Crash.
Artist in Residency: 20th Century Creative Class
Apr 1992 - Apr 1992
Columbia College Chicago
Invited to present work on Collaboration, Composition, and Improvisation with my Art Rock Ensemble GKW.
BA in Music Composition and English
Sep 1997 - Jun 2002
Columbia College Chicago
Alto Saxophone study
Sep 1993 - Jan 1996
(Not @ School)
20th Century Composition, Multimedia Performance
Sep 1974 - Jun 1975
Thomas Jefferson College @ Grand Valley State Colleges (Allendale, MI)
Music Theory and Improvisation
Sep 1973 - Sep 1974
Boston School of Contemporary Music
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Introduction to Teaching
Mar 2011
Hudson Community College, Jersey City, New Jersey
6-week course with the intention to get a Teacher's Certificate. The Instructor stated half way through the course that we would have a 10% chance of getting a Teacher's position. This is why I did not pursue in a costly Certificate.
one of 48 Artists selected to be nominated for the Grammies
Jul 2007
the Grammys

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