Ben Harmsen holds a Bachelor of Music from VCA and a Diploma of Education from Monash University.
Since 2000 he has taught in secondary schools and at Melbourne Polytecnic in the areas of bass, aural, theory, styles analysis, jazz and contemporary ensembles and computer music production.
Over the past 30 years Ben has performed on electric and upright bass. He has played at many venues, festivals and functions and performed in a wide variety of ensembles and genres. He continues to play regularly in freelance gigs and recordings.