Information About Ben - Sheffield teacher - (1 review)
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I have been playing bass for over 10 years and my passion for the instrument led me to study music at the university of Sheffield. Whilst there I chose to specialise in performance and was involved in a variety of ensembles, ranging from big bands to Broadway music orchestras. Since graduating in 2017 I have been involved in various musical projects, performing all over the country. In Sheffield I have my own jazz trio as well as being part of a funk collective and I have recorded albums with both ensembles. My work as a session musician has led me to perform and record with independent contemporary artists with whom I had gigs lined up at Splendour and Glastonbury Festival. These were unable to go ahead due to COVID-19, however I was able to perform on the first BBC introducing session following the pandemic.
I am also closely involved with Colla Voce Theatre Company, playing bass in their two award winning musicals at 3 Edinburgh fringe festivals, a short run at the Pleasance Theatre (London) as well as international performances. We have a 3-week run at The Other Palace Theatre (London, West End) planned for next year. Since starting the bass I have been a member of a house band at an open mic night in Nottingham and this experience has strongly influenced my development and work ethos.
For the past year I have also been collaborating with a PhD student at the Royal Northern Conservatoire, combining contemporary classical music and improvisation with electric and double bass, concentrating on the use of effects pedals.
Due to an accident in 2015, I have had to learn to adapt to loosing my hearing in one ear. Learning to overcome those challenges as a performer and recording artist has enabled me to continue pursuing music and develop my career despite these challenges. As a result I feel very strongly about encouraging and supporting all students to pursue their love of music, regardless of any and all disabilities.
I have tutored music in several capacities. I have tutored private bass students as well as giving lessons on the fundamentals and uses of bass effect pedals. Alongside this, I worked with Sheffield based charity Under the Stars to enable individuals with learning disabilities to access music and express themselves though band environments. Since graduating, I have also worked with University students on their end of year recitals in a variety of genres and ensembles, providing advice and professional support.
My approach to teaching is focussed on the individual needs of the student and I aim to provide a safe, encouraging and inspiring space where students feel free to experiment and make mistakes. I can teach a wide range of musical styles and specialise specifically in jazz, rock, pop and theatre playing. The lessons are tailored to ensure that students receive a bespoke and personal service that best suites the needs of the individual. My aim is to instil in my students a love of learning and discovering whilst nurturing their passion for the instrument. Whether that be through discussing new ways to explore the bass as a hobby or by providing them with the tools that they need to work professionally in today’s industry.
I have the ability to film and record lessons to aid practice if desired.
I have the capacity to teach at both my home studio and an external studio, with amps and basses that can be used if the student would like. There is a pay and display car park near my house, but I am also a 5-minute walk away from a tram stop.
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- University of Sheffield (2017) - BMus (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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He began by getting to know my level and understood what I was looking to get out of our lessons.
Since then he's tailored our sessions to ensure I'm always sufficiently challenged and progressing with my playing.
Ben's very easy to get along with and is always professional and friendly.
I'd highly recommend Ben to anyone looking for a bass tutor!