Ben Robison

Ben R.

Menlo Park, CA
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Ben delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2000

Offering high quality violin lessons to help you play, create, and perform at the highest level. Improve your technique and musicianship quickly and enjoyably.

I am a MacArthur award winning musician, designer, and health professional. I have a doctorate in violin performance from Stony Brook University, music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, and an MD from Stanford University and have taught at each of these institutions. I am avidly interested in helping you perform, learn, and train at your absolute best.

Core principles of my approach include:

Expertise through performance:
Play to practice and practice to play

Rigorous focus on outcomes:
Personalized and effective technical prescriptions to optimize 1. Emotion 2. Narrative 3. Rhythm 4. Intonation and 5. Tone

Excellence through improvisation and composition:
Make your own worlds of sound and learn to play what you hear

Philosophy and practice of music as art:
Music is so much more than scales. Develop empathy, focus, and rigorous execution. Learn deep life lessons applicable to any endeavor.

We play music to express
Something personal yet universal
To ourselves and our audience.

Learn by playing
Practice by performing
Perfect by creating

I teach: The complete violin repertoire, technique fundamentals, tension reduction, psychological optimization, musicianship, recording, digital production, recording engineering, audition and concert preparation, self-promotion, PR, audience building, Ableton, Logic Pro, looping, live electronics.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Education

Doctorate of Musical Arts
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005
Stony Brook University
Performance Diploma
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001
The Peabody Conservatory
Bachelors and Masters of Music
Sep 1993 - Jun 1997
The Cleveland Institute of Music

Awards

Digital Media and Learning Award
Jun 2008
MacArthur Foundation
Grad Award Winner
Aug 1992
Canadian National Music Festival

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