Dr. Ben Dockery is an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at Tennessee Wesleyan University. There he teaches courses related to music theory, ear training, piano, and orchestration and arranging. After receiving degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and DePaul University, he completed his D.M.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2012. Dr. Dockery began teaching piano in 1999 and has taught and performed music ever since.
Dr. Dockery has composed and arranged for piano, small jazz ensemble, and jazz big band. He has performed on numerous recordings with noted musicians such as Phil Woods, the DePaul Big Band, the late Zim Ngquwana, the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and others. In addition to writing the book Conceptualizing the Jazz Piano Trio, Dr. Dockery has written for Chicago Jazz Magazine and continues to publish articles, interviews, compositions, and more at his website www.bendockery.com. He maintains an active performance career playing in regional venues and serves as organist for Inskip Baptist Church.