Benjamin P.

Benjamin P.

8 Reviews
Parkville, MD

About Benjamin P.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


I discovered music sifting through my Dad's record collection and soon decided that I wanted to play guitar. As a teenager I began taking lessons and building confidence in my abilities. I played in different types of bands ranging from rock, country, blues, and jazz. After completing College in 2004, I realized music was not just going to be a hobby, but a career. At age 32, I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for the last eight years. I believe that anybody can learn to play as long as they are patient and understand that anything worthwhile takes time and sustained effort to achieve. You also need a good teacher who understands how to take you where you want to go musically. I have taught hundreds of different students of all ages and abilities. I have seen many of them grow musically and gain confidence in other areas of their lives as a result. I aim to inspire every student to find their way to a rewarding life through music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans are developed on an individual basis. I want you to learn the music that inspires your passion. If the guitar is new to you, the first lessons are devoted to basic playing skills and techniques. It is important to develop a strong understanding of music fundamentals to ensure that the student is attaining the skills they need to be a complete musician. I emphasize technique with drills designed to raise my students' skills evenly across a wide range of categories, like picking, fretting, scale patterns, chord shapes, rhythmic training, and ear training. I have had success with many students using this approach and most are playing songs within a couple months. For the more serious student, music theory is an important tool to understand songwriting and music in general. I am always open to discuss what we do during a lesson. I believe it is my job to balance what you want to do with what you need to do in order to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have amps, guitars, 1/4 inch cables, tuners, metronomes, paper and pens.
Would like students to have all these things but can accommodate based on need.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, flat-picking, finger-style


Guitar Teacher Oct 2007 - Jan 2014
All About Music

I taught over a hundred students of all ages and abilities at this small lessons and musical accessories store in Baltimore.


B.A. History Sep 1999 - Jan 2004
Franklin & Marshall College

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Experience-Very Happy Ben is a great teacher! I am very happy with Ben and with Take Lessons. Ben is knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He knows how to challenge me and bring my skills to the next level without making the lessons too difficult. I would highly recommend Ben as a teacher! June 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by thank you I really enjoy my instructor. He is patient and professional. I will admit I was a bit nervous at frist but he is very calm and helpful. March 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good guitar teachers Ben was able to evaluate my skill level and plan the lesson accordingly. He is very patient and makes sure that you know exactly what to do. I am looking forward to my next lesson. Mike January 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome guitar instructor! Amazing teacher! Excellent teaching skills..He`s patient and takes sufficient time on a subject and makes sure you have learned the right techniques. I would highly recommend him! September 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ben is an amazing teacher, very knowledgeable, skilled and patient, which is a rare combination. I find the next-day feedback extremely useful. The "Great at" comments (while great is stretch in my case) help build confidence. Ben always gives clear information on what to practice during the week. All in all a great teacher and a great experience so far! March 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr. Ben is great! It's amazing how much she has learned with a little over a month of lessons. She gets extremely excited every week anticipating her lessons! November 17, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by He has been very good with my two grandsons. I stay and watch and listen. The two boys like Ben alot. He is great. July 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by its a nice experience to learn jazz guitar with u sir. just wanna be jazz guitarist n have plan to use the technique of jazz music in my coming song.thanks April 10, 2011