Justin Binek

A Dedicated Voice Instructor

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Justin Binek is an internationally renowned jazz and classical singer, pianist, educator, clinician, and composer/arranger. He is a frequent presenter and performer at the Jazz Education Network's annual conferences, and has contributed significantly to the field of vocal jazz pedagogy, whole writings include "The Art and Craft of Scat Singing and Melodic Alteration" (published in Diana Spradling's Jazz Singing: Developing Artistry and Authenticity, Sound Music Publications, 2007), "Vocal Pedagogy for the Jazz Singer" (co-written with Diana Spradling, published in the Choral Journal, 2015), and his 2017 Dissertation, "The evolution of Ella Fitzgerald's syllabic choices in scat singing: a critical analysis of her Decca recordings, 1943-1952." He is also a featured in-app clinician on Michele Weir's ScatAbility app for iOS.


As a performer, Justin has one album out as a solo bandleader, Songbook, along with numerous credits as a sideman. Justin is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Jazz Improvisation at Kansas City Kansas Community College, and he also serves on the teaching faculties of the Jazz Harmony Retreat (Creston, IA), the Halewynstichting Jazz Workshop (Dworp, Belgium), and the Songwriting & Music Production Camp (Tiffin, OH). He previously held teaching positions at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) and the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND). For more information, visit

"Justin is an outstanding leader, educator and performer. We were captivated by his approach to the material, his warmth, his interactions with the audience and his high level of professionalism.

Fred Kiser

Kirkwood Community College

"Justin is a consummate musician and educator. His JEN clinic of vocal improvisation was one of the best clinics I've heard in years!"

Arthur White

California Polytechnic University

"Justin is one of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of studying under. His wisdom and thoughtful approach to teaching has opened a new world to me. I hear things differently now, and I'm a better musician for it."

Kip Vaughan

Kansas City Kansas Community College

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with Katrien Van Opstal
Kansas City Jazz Camp
Teaching at Jazz Harmony
JEN Presentation

The Evolution of Ella Fitzgerald's Syllabic Choices in Scat Singing: a Critical Analysis of Her Decca Recordings, 1943-52

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