Instructor Ben Diaz
M.M. Piano Pedagogy
B.M. Piano Performance
Ben Diaz was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. He attended Lansing Eastern High School and received his Bachelor’s of Music (2001) and Master’s of Music (2004) degrees from Michigan State University. He is married to his wonderful wife Kim, who is a registered dental hygienist in Lansing. They have two beautiful daughters, Makana and Mariah, twin boys, Josiah and Cruz, and two dogs, Bailey and Lucy.
Ben began piano lessons at seven and continued taking traditional piano lessons through high school. Although he initially showed little interest and potential, he became inspired by listening to his sisters practice the piano at night and wanted to create the same sounds they did. Eventually Ben won, placed or qualified in international, national, state and local piano competitions and participated in well-respected camps and seminars.
During his college years, Ben realized that in order to find work he had to become a well-rounded musician, not just a classical pianist. He began playing at weddings, churches and various functions, and accompanied different bands and choirs to learn improvisation techniques and musical styles. He began teaching private students through his own studio and the Community Music School at MSU, and taught group class piano for music majors as a graduate assistant at MSU.
The Diaz School of Piano was established in 2005 to be a refreshing alternative to traditional piano instruction at a more affordable price. To date, over 400 students have attended workshops, enrolled in classes, or participated in lessons at the Diaz School of Piano. Ben intends to make the experience of learning to play the piano rewarding, social and fun and teach students to develop the necessary skills and principles to become pianists for a lifetime.