"I believe in the value of private lessons. They present an opportunity for a student to grow musically that perhaps can not be experienced in a larger ensemble setting. The more personal and attentive environment helps create a foundation on which the student can continue to grow throughout their life. From day one, concepts of rhythm, intonation, tone quality, phrasing and basic music theory will be covered. Specific focus on technical facility, articulation, musicality in performance, instrument tendencies, reed maintenance and adjustment, sight-reading, repertoire and critical listening will be addressed as the student's saxophone abilities and musical interests are diagnosed and identified. In addition to simply learning and exploring the saxophone, other skills will also be taught and instilled, including effective time management, goal setting, discipline and effective performance practices."
Ben is available to teach private saxophone lessons to beginners through college-level students at any skill level. He has experience teaching both jazz and classical styles. While attending Texas Tech University, Ben taught woodwind sectionals and private lessons in Lubbock, Lubbock-Cooper, and Frenship Independent school districts, as well as was a D'Addario Woodwind Method Clinician for the Midland/Odessa region of West Texas. Prior to his work in the Lone Star state, Ben was on staff with David W. Butler and Hickory Ridge High Schools and maintained an active clarinet and saxophone studio in the greater Charlotte area. His students have won chairs in the Texas All-Region Honor Band, South Central All-District Honor Band, and have been accepted in the saxophone studios at UNC Charlotte, Western Carolina University, and Appalachian State University. Currently, Ben teaches undergraduate music majors at UNC Charlotte and Lenoir-Rhyne University and previously taught at Texas Tech University.
Topics for woodwind masterclass and sectionals include:
- Breathing and air support
- Embouchure fundamentals
- Technique practice: scales, arpeggios, etc.
- Reed maintenance and care
- Coachings on in-class band music
- Coachings on All-Region or honor band audition music
- Audition tips, tricks, and preparation
If you're interested in having Ben come work with you and/or your students, please fill out the contact form below!