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About Ben C.
Ben is a Manchester based composer, pianist, and teacher. Ben currently studies a Master’s degree in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music after having just graduated with a 1st class degree in music from the University of Manchester. Ben has performed in a variety of ensembles including the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra and in various venues across the country. He also enjoys composing and performing in a wide range of genres and styles. Ben’s passion for music will enthuse students and allow for them to perform at the best of their ability in whatever they wish to pursue.
Teaching in Piano
Ben teaches a wide range of styles on the piano and encourages students to practice what they enjoy the most. If this happens to lead them down the route of doing grades, this is also offered. Ben will establish a rapport with the student and encourage practicing outside of lessons. As well as this, Ben will suggest music to listen to and how to find new music that they can engage in.
Teaching in Music Theory
Aware that this aspect of music education can be quite daunting for some students, Ben tailors every lesson to each individual in a unique and engaging way. Ben offers grades for students who wish to take them. Ultimately, Ben seeks to teach music theory in a fresh and engaging way that will leave students wanting to learn more after every lesson.
Teaching in Composition
Ben encourages students to think outside the box when composing. Ben doesn’t push any personal aesthetic onto students and aids in helping students in finding whatever style of music they wish to write. When composing, Ben will aid students in expressing their ideas succinctly in a musical, emotional, and personal way whilst also perfecting technique and craft. Whilst having skills in composing new music, Ben is also adept at traditional pastiche techniques which students can choose to learn if desired.
As stated above, Ben is happy to teach in almost all styles, and encourages students to not feel as though they need to fit into a ‘box’ when performing, composing, or even thinking about music.
In the first lesson, Ben will get to know the student and establish what they are looking to get out of their studies. It will be very relaxed and there will be no expectation to have done any preparation or have any prior knowledge of what to expect. Ben will ask the student a little bit about why they chose to take the lessons they are taking, and suggest a plan of action and, when appropriate, a long term goal for the student.
Although first lessons as a beginner can seem quite daunting, Ben is friendly, understanding, and aims to make each and every lesson as enjoyable and engaging as possible. Beginners may wish to bring some manuscript paper and perhaps a few pieces that they love (this could be related to or not related to what you wish to create!). Otherwise, just bring yourself with a passion for learning about music!