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Edward Bender


Teaches Percussion, Drum Set

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”  - PLATO

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Teaches at:
Areas of Instruction

Percussion, Drum Set

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Twenty-Three over Four, Water From Fire, Elevation Worship


I have a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte., My Concentration was Percussion

Favorite Instruments

Drums and Percussion, I professionly play a cajon also known as a BOX DRUM, I love playing piano., Drumline, Vibes & Marimba, ~Drumset

Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate

Musical Interests

I love playing and listening to all types of music. You name it I love it.

Performance Experience

8 years with Drum-line and DCI, 12 years playing a Box Drum, 13 years playing piano, 11 years playing orchestral percussion including snare drum and marimba

Specialties / Genres Taught

Rhythm independency, Box Drum, Rock, Funk, Latin, Stage Performance, Nashville Number System, Marching Percussion

Teaching Experience

I have taught private percussion for 9 years, I have taught high school drum-lines at various schools for 9 years, I have taught general music to kindergarten through fifth grade at Briarwood Academy for 5 years in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, I have taught k-12 students and adults

About Edward Bender

Edward Bender grew up loving music. He started playing percussion when he was only 10 years old. In high school, Edward decided to teach himself piano and guitar and started singing. He always wanted a life full of music. “Every day is a Music Day”.

Edward graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2014. Edward has a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education with a concentration in percussion. During his time at UNCC Edward studied percussion under the direction of Rick Dior, the principle percussionist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Throughout college, Edward played in various musical groups including Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and side bands performing in charlotte. Edward believes if you are going to teach you should also perform. While performing, he taught private percussion lessons and instructed multiple high school drum-lines.

After graduation, Edward expanded his performing and teaching.  He started playing on stage with Elevation Worship in 2014. Elevation Worship received two Grammy nominations for best Worship Album and Best Worship Song. He began playing percussion for two bands Twenty-three over four and Water from Fire. Both groups play in Charlotte and travel on tour, to support wounded warriors and veterans. In 2014, Edward became the General Music Teacher at Briarwood Academy. As a Charlotte Mecklenburg music teacher, Edward instructs students from kindergarten to fifth grade. He is responsible for individual and group instruction along with designing and implementing school wide concerts.

Edward Bender loves music and wants to give everyone including you the opportunity to love it too.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

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