Early on, Ben aspired to become a concert pianist but ultimately gravitated towards expressing himself through the art of improvisation and composition. The technique and vocabulary attained from performing/studying Chopin and Bach enabled Ben's musical trajectory. Ben's early teacher Craig Najjar made sure to also instilled in him the importance of being a well rounded, modern musician, training Ben in all areas of music including orchestration, music technology and sequencing. This versatile, early education led to a brief period studying jazz performance and composition at The New School in NYC's Greenwich Village. Transcribing jazz greats like Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and also intensively studying rhythm gave Ben a vast musical vocabulary and command over the language to cary with him through out his journey.