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Keith Benson drummer producer , Carla Benson, Funk Brothers
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For me, education brings a balance into my life -- a sense of awareness, accomplishment, and happiness. Outside of music, history is the subject that I am passionate about. That is why I was involved with Standing in the Shadows of Motown - we were story tellers. We wanted to dig out their story, tell it and feel satisfied that we've righted an unintentional wrong.  All the positive public reaction is just gravy.”

I have been a studio musician playing with top artists including Teddy Pendergrass and The Four Tops, and have just recieved my Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Thomas Edison State College and I am now 48 years old.

My family has always held education in high regard. My two kids have just finished getting their college degrees and my son will start law school in the fall of 2004. I didn't want to be the only one in the house without my degree.

It has been 30 years since I enrolled in his first college course at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and I have has always stressed my children and to the children in his neighborhood the importance of going to college, until one day, one of the boys asked me if I had my college degree, I had no more excuses.

I was selected to deliver the Response for Graduates speech at Thomas Edison State College Commencement Ceremony where I said . . .

“In my quietude, when I think of the history courses and of the differing requirements and the personalities of the professors, most of whom were PhDs; when I think that I earned As with every one of them—it gives me a rush that I can't get from a stage. And I love it."

"The stage thrill goes away with the crowd or the post concert party. But the feeling of academic satisfaction is still with me even now. I don't know why, and I'm not going to try to analyze it. I'm just enjoying the feeling of accomplishment," he said.

When I think of the formal education I have received and earned in life, I'm not only grateful but also see its use every day. 

That's right.  Even the calculus class comes in handy in the result of  critical-thinking skills.  But I've always had a love for learning . . .  learning just about anything. 

I pride myself on the fact that because of my liberal arts education (both formal and informal), I find pleasure in having a conversation with just about anyone -- whether talking about physics or dolphins.


Keith Benson

About Keith Benson



Keith Benson began playing drums at 10 years old and did his first "serious gig" as a ninth grader, in New York City. He played drums with a dizzying array of talent from Stevie Wonder, and Robert Palmer, to Grace Jones. Keith was brought to PIR by McFadden and Whitehead in 1976. And for the next seven years McFadden and Whitehead rarely used another drummer to make a record.
After 1983, Keith worked with Chaka Khan, the Tempations, Ruben Studdard, Bootsy Collins, and many others. In 2002 he was named Associate Producer of the Motown film, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," and he also toured with the Funk Brothers, as Drummer and Production Manager. Keith has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history. Keith can most prominently be heard on McFadden and Whitehead's song, "Ain't No Stopping Us, Now."

MSFB Current Members

On Linkedin Honors Include: Numerous RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum Record Awards; NAACP Gold Medal Award; Grammy Award; Billboard Magazine's "Dance Music Hall of Fame" Award; Coca Cola Community Service Award; Campbell Soup Foundation Leadership Award; Student Speaker at College Commencement Ceremonies, New York Film Critics Award


Please take a look at the links I have recommended to you below, including the link to MY SISTER CARLA BENSON.

Funk Brothers Webquest
Who wants to make and upload a funky free webpage for your webquest?



About Music

About Music and Your Brain

How and Why Makes You Smarter

Folklore, Music, & Traditional Culture

Play Is Important

Digital Divide / Digital Equity

Interdisciplinary Curriculum - Science and Music

Like Albert Einstein, another inventor Ray Kurzweil made the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments and much more.

Ear Health- IT'S TOO LOUD You may be going deaf.

Music and Copyright Law

Music Sites Online

DID YOU KNOW THAT Children who have musical training also have significantly better verbal memory than children who don't, and the difference increases the longer they study?

Music training during childhood contributes to the reorganization and increased development of the brain's left temporal lobes in musicians. After administering verbal memory tests that calculated the number of words children could recall from a list, and a comparable visual memory test for images, the researchers found that students with musical training had better verbal memory. Musically trained students retained more words even after a 30 minute delay. Even though having fewer than six years of musical training can boost verbal memory, the researchers say that more training boosts cortical reorganization in the left temporal region and improves the ability to handle other functions such as verbal learning. And the benefits of musical training appear to be long-lasting. Students who dropped out of the advanced training group were tested after a year and found to retain the verbal memory advantage they had gained earlier Source






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