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Bennie D.

Pittsburgh, PA

$60/hour

Professional musician teaches piano and theory

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Duquesne University School of Music
Piano

Education

Duquesne University School of Music (Piano)

About Bennie

I have been teaching piano over 40 years.

I have a new student that has been with me for 2 months and is now playing the song "Piano Man". He is also playing classical music, improvising blues and rock and roll riffs. I am the teacher that can get you going. Expect the best and I will give you the results. I can teach any style that you want to play. I have played with Beatlemania and other famous celebrities. I have worked at Harrah's in Atlantic City and also played behind numerous celebrities. If you want a great teacher and a wonderful experience, please look no further.

I have written over 200 songs and many soundtracks and compositions. I understand counterpoint, contemporary jazz theory and can play anything from Bach, Beethoven, Bon Jovi and the Beatles. I can teach anything that you want to learn about the piano or music theory and also show you how to learn from just listening to a recording.

The sooner you contact me, the sooner you'll be on your way to achieving your goals. I am looking forward to meeting all of you.
I have been teaching piano over 40 years.

I have a new student that has been with me for 2 months and is now playing the song "Piano Man". He is also playing classical music, improvising blues and rock and roll riffs. I am the teacher that can get you going. Expect the best and I will give you the results. I can teach any style that you
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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Composition (Music)

I have composed, recorded and produced two Compact Discs. I am currently teaching and I have studied composition with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins at Duquesne University. I have also studied Contemporary Jazz Theory privately with Frank Cunnimondo.

Piano

I was a piano major at Duquesne University and have studied Jazz piano with privately with Frank Cunnimondo. I teach the traditional Pedagogical approach, reading, technique, scales, and arpeggios and all the standard repertoire. I do focus on breathing and the weighted arm drop and equal transferred weight to all the fingers. I also can teach how to play by ear. I play Classical and Jazz and have a huge repertoire of standards and popular music.

Songwriting

I use techniques such as alliteration when writing lyrics as well as finding a song in a particular idiomatic style that appeals to me. Another technique I like to use is create the melody, then the bass line. This will insure a solid foundation for the other instruments. I am getting some nice results from my students. I have been writing songs for forty years and I am a publisher and songwriter with B.M.I. I have my own personal production studio. I am using "Studio One" Digital audio workstation. It is a great way to teach songwriting.

Voice (Music)

I studied voice at Duquesne University and privately with Sam Klingensmith at Accordworks. I do perform
as a pianist/vocalist at country clubs and other venues.
I believe in teaching a conscientious diaphragmatic breathing support as well as Italian and Germanic vowels, awareness of resonation and ear training, and interpretation.

Duquesne University School of Music
Piano

Education

Duquesne University School of Music (Piano)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bennie will travel within 20 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15217.