Teaching

 
 Photo: Grant Beachy

Photo: Grant Beachy

He is an expert when it comes to performance, which was evident to us at the onset, and just as impressive is his ability to impart his knowledge joyfully, enthusiastically, and effectively to my group of high schoolers.
— High School Band Director, North Harford High School Pylesville, MA
 

Private Instructor

Teaching a busy private studio for over fifteen years, Benje is a personal and inspiring educator.  He has taught all ages and levels of students, from five years old to senior citizens; from the first time player to professionals.  He is available to teach all over the world via Skype and in person in the West Michigan area. He has also taught privately and/or directed ensembles for the NY Pops, the NYC Dept. of Education, the Bronx-based Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, Lake Michigan College, and Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI

 Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop, 2013 Photo: Morgan King

Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop, 2013
Photo: Morgan King

 JazzStart Summer Workshop, 2015 Photo: Nich Mueller

JazzStart Summer Workshop, 2015
Photo: Nich Mueller

Clinician/Adjudicator

A former NY Pops Teaching Artist, Benje is a sought after clinician and adjudicator all across the nation.  From presenting clinics at universities (Luther College, McNally Smith College, Concordia University) to working with elementary aged musicians, Benje’s excitement for music and education and unique ability to reach all levels.

    Guest Artist/Clinician Appearances:

    • Luther College (Decorah, IA)
    • Concordia University (Seward, NE)
    • North Harford High School (Pylesville, PA)
    • Forest Hills Central High School (Grand Rapids, MI)
    • Alvin High School (Houston, TX)
    • Downers Grove South High School (Chicago, IL)
    • McNally Smith College (St. Paul, MN)
     Directing Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Orchestra, 2018 Photo: Colin Howe

    Directing Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Orchestra, 2018
    Photo: Colin Howe

    Jazz & Creative Institute

    Benje is Co-Director/Founder of the Jazz & Creative Institute (JCI) and is deeply involved in much of it's educational programming. He directs the Kalamazoo Youth Jazz Orchestra, teaches in JCI's Private Lesson Program and oversees small and large ensemble programming.