- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- June 2010
Ben is a experienced and versatile trombonist and music educator based in Chicago, IL. Ben holds a Master of Music in jazz studies from DePaul University (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. As a freelance musician, Ben has played in a variety of musical settings, including small and large jazz ensembles, salsa bands, orchestras, wind ensembles, wedding and corporate event ensembles, and musical theater productions. Ben has traveled to over 30 countries playing music aboard cruise ships and has recorded on Atlantic Records for a major hip-hop artist.
As an educator, Ben strives to inspire his students to improve as musicians while emphasizing the importance of having fun and cultivating a life long appreciation of music.
Ben brings professional musical experience and a commitment to ensuring his students have fun while learning and improving. Ben is available to teach lessons in trombone, jazz improvisation, beginning piano, and music theory.
I am an performer in jazz, classical, and commercial music. I regularly perform with big bands, small jazz ensembles, blues bands, salsa bands, classical ensembles, musical theater productions, and much more.
I have maintained a private studio of trombone, jazz improvisation, low brass, music theory, and beginner piano students since 2010.
I have taught music appreciation in the classroom and given trombone masterclasses. In 2016 I have a lecture on jazz trombone and a performance at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.
I have performed in orchestras for Royal Caribbean, MSC, Celebrity, Norwegian, and Oceania cruises.
My rising high school senior has been fortunate to have had lessons from Ben Pederson for the past year. He has taught him so much beyond what he has been learning in school. My son looks forward to his lessons, and has taken his trombone playing to whole other level. As requested, Ben has been focusing on jazz trombone with my son. It is a real joy to hear the two of them playing, and to hear my son speak so excitedly about what he has been learning with Ben. I'd give six stars if I could!+ Read More
My 11 year old son has studied with Ben for two years and he absolutely loves his teacher. Ben is patient and encouraging. He is a talented musician and very enthusiastic about music which leads to very engaging lessons! My son was able to play in the Chicago Youth Debut Orchestra but we needed Ben EVERY step of the way for his fantastic support.+ Read More
We were lucky enough to be introduced to Mr. Ben through a family friend. Our 11 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Mr. Ben for approximately two years and loves her lessons. We definitely appreciate his patience with her and love that he has cultivated our daughter's love for music. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Ben to any other family or student looking for an experienced and wonderful teacher!+ Read More