Owner/Instructor Ben Diaz
M.M. Piano Pedagogy
B.M. Piano Performance
Ben Diaz was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. He 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 and have three beautiful daughters, Makana, Mariah and Malaya, and twin boys, Josiah and Cruz.
Ben began taking traditional piano lessons at the age of seven and continued 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 local, state, national, and international 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 500 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 as he teaches students to develop the necessary skills and principles to become pianists for a lifetime.
Instructor Mary Gossell
m.m. Piano Performance
M.M. Music Theory
B.M. Piano Performance
Mary Gossell developed a love of music from a young age. Growing up near Kansas City,
Missouri, she began formal training in piano at age nine and eventually decided to pursue a
degree in music at the University of Central Missouri. In 2015, she completed a Bachelor’s of
Music in piano performance and a minor in mathematics, graduating summa cum laude and
receiving the “Outstanding Senior Music Major” award.
Mary graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with Master’s of Music degrees in both piano performance and music theory. She recently had the honor of presenting her research on Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor at Indiana University’s Graduate Music Theory Symposium. Mary also enjoys composing music and playing at her church.
As a teacher, Mary hopes to foster a learning environment of creativity and discovery.
She enjoys working with students of all ages and interests and loves watching them discover
musical concepts for the first time. Mary has experience working with students on the autism spectrum as well as with a blind student; these opportunities have significantly shaped her as a teacher and increased her compassion for working with students with disabilities. Regardless of a student’s background or ability, Mary is excited to discover the unique skills and creativity that every student has to offer.
How did Diaz School of Piano get started?
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