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Bennie D.
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
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I can teach you how to play the great piano styles & songs you love,.. and the techniques you need to learn,... to do it! Do you like the Beatles, Ben Folds, Elton John, Genesis, Billy Joel, Styx, Pink Floyd, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Standards, New-Age,... or Bach Counterpoint / Fugues / Inventions and beyond? If you want to learn to read music or just play chords/rhythms/vamps/comp/improvise/sing-along ... I can help you.
About Bennie D.

Hello. If you want to learn to play and understand piano and music,... I can help you! I teach, play and compose a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, blues, classical, jazz, and new-age music. I can show you how to listen to a recording and to play it without written music. Also, I can teach you to read a lead sheet/fake book/chord chart or the grand staff for piano. I can teach you simple or fancy chords/scales/songs. I have played keyboard and or piano for the "Diana Ross Show Review", "Beatlemania" and various notable restaurants/clubs in Pittsburgh, Pa. I studied music at Duquesne University and studied privately with Frank Cunimondo for Jazz improvisation. I enjoy helping students learn to play the piano and understand music. We will have a good time. I can teach you the fundamentals and beyond and help you pursue all of your musical goals. Please listen to my CD, "Spaces With Time". I hope you enjoy it. Ready to play? Let's schedule some lessons together soon.

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I studied with Bennie for several years with the goal of improving my improvisational skills and hand independence. I improved in both areas significantly and am much stronger player. Bennie can push you to a very high level and he stays very engaged between lessons for questions, feedback and additional support. He even attended my performance shows and offered feedback. My only regret is that my day job obligations, available practice time and personal learning speed did not allow a greater lesson frequency.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
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I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Bennie has the talent and experience to help anyone trying to either learn from scratch or improve their current skill level. Due to the fact that I travel quite a bit with my business I used the holiday season to get a refresher course and Bennie was the right teacher for this. He gave me more in 5 lessons then I could have gotten from anyone else if I had 20 lessons. Unfortunately, I travel a lot for my business and I can't commit to a regular lesson schedule.

Posted Jan 7, 2016

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Experience
Multi Keyboardist and Pianist
Sep 1979 - Apr 1986
Pinoy Show Band
I have played Piano and/or Keyboards for the "Diana Ross Show Review", "Beatlemania" and with bands or solo at various notable restaurant/clubs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, including the Grand Concourse. I studied music at Duquesne University and studied privately with Frank Cunimondo for Jazz improvisation. I toured with the Pinoy show band (a Top 40 Las Vegas-style revue band). I played Piano, created and played the string arrangements for multi-keyboards and synthesizers. I learned every part by ear and transcribed to lead sheet/chord charts.
Education
Music Theory
Sep 1983 - Sep 1984
Berklee College of Music; Boston, MA
Piano Music Education
Sep 1975 - Sep 1978
Duquesne University; Pittsburgh, PA
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Certifications
Bennie D. Music Publishing, B.M.I
Jun 1993
Broadcast Music Industries ( B.M.I)
Associate member of B.M.I as a song writer and publisher

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