Diploma, B.M., M.M., Ph.D.
Dr. Zuzana Ben Lassoued is a high-performing educator with 30 years of expertise in Canada, the USA and Europe teaching at all levels from elementary to university and a very innovative and passionate artist, pianist and musicologist. She has been performing music as a soloist with orchestras, adjudicating students at music festivals and accompanying various instrumentalists for different venues. She has a strong musical background in Western music history, popular music, jazz and non-western musical traditions. She has records in teaching, performing and research focusing on music and society, multiculturalism in music, and sounds and colours. In her studies, she has had the opportunity to study with pianists whose philosophy, style and aesthetics were based on American, Russian, Hungarian, Czech and Slovak traditions and artists who studied art in Slovakia and France.
Dr. Zuzana Ben Lassoued resides in the Toronto area, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in Musicology and Music Theory at Comenius University and with the support of VEGA Research Agency grant, she published her research monograph Reception of Diana Krall, Unique Jazz Phenomenon in 2018 by Peter Lang and with a Multiculturalism in Slovak Music Grant awarded by the Ministry of Education in Slovakia. She also has published research study in The Different Careers of Slovak and Czech Jazz Musicians in the United States - Laco Déczi, Jan Hammer, Miroslav Vitouš, Jiří Mráz in Jazz from Socialist Realism to Postmodernism, Germany, 2016. She received scholarships and assistantships while completing her Master and Bachelor degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Nevada, Reno and a Diploma from the Conservatory of Music in Slovakia. As a soloist, she performed with orchestras Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor. Teaching and living in Europe, the United States and Canada, Dr. Ben Lassoued was influenced by many countries, cultures and traditions which she translates into Sounds and Colours on canvases accompanied by her piano performance.
"Everything is possible"
- Who said it first?
"In my teaching philosophy, I believe that, with consistent hard work, all goals are in reach. In my teaching experience, I have encouraged my students in the most creative and positive way to move beyond their comfort zone towards unlimited possibilities.
In music, I have been implementing my expertise through teaching students piano in various levels by focusing on the student’s approach to sound through movement. I helped students to overcome technical problems by highlighting for them an understanding of the content, character and meaning of the music. The implementation of their thoughts could then be easily facilitated with a more comfortable, relaxed and knowledgeable approach to the keyboard.
In art, I expose my students to different media and techniques combined with math and science encouraging students to explore new ideas and create their own art."
- Dr. Ben Lassoued
Imagination and Creativity
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - A. Einstein
"My dedication to my work is reflected in workshops and masterclasses in which I implemented Finale software for composing purposes, PowerPoint presentations and digital keyboard for introducing to student’s possibilities for improvisation, playing with a band, Kahoot and Jeopardy quizzes for Music History and Music Theory. My students were inspired by music they played and they wrote poems, danced dance from their culture and improvised in jazz style. Furthermore, my students compose music based on science, sports and literature and analyze music which they write in colours. That helps them to visualize music and better understand theory of music such as chord progressions and forms."
- Dr. Ben Lassoued
Future Sounds Good
"Future has no limits."
- Z. Ben Lassoued
"My goal is to develop and inspire the talents of students from the early stages of their studies to an advanced pianism as well as an art. Their understanding of the influences of culture, history, politics and society as translated in a variety of art forms makes them more mature participants of their own learning. It begins by an openness of the teacher to merge a variety of aesthetic teaching and encourage the student’s own curiosities and interests."
- Dr. Ben Lassoued