- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a performing artist, session guitarist, songwriter, and producer. I have a background in guitar, voice, bass, ukulele, percussion, and piano. I was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but decided to continue my career in California. As a gigging musician for artists of various styles, I have studied and am able to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele in all genres to students ranging from beginner to professional. Music is about having fun and as a performer I know how to bring that excited energy into the lessons I teach!
My goal is to give students the tools necessary to chase out their personal desires with music wether it be learning to improve their technique, theory knowledge, or songwriting / compositional skills. I have an ability to simplify the way students visualize the fretboard so they can access the intervals and progressions they hear in their head.
Currently I am gigging, writing, and producing for The Five Thirty and my own project 'Ben Simmons' while teaching and providing services as a session guitarist. With The Five Thirty, we recently released our first single, 'Heat Stroke' in February which will be followed by our debut self produced EP.
My personal passion with music revolves around the guitar and writing the best songs I can. I grew up on Santana, Led Zeppelin, John Mayer and Nora Jones.
I teach from my home studio, a music store in downtown woodland, and my students' homes. Please contact me with any questions regarding lessons and I will be happy to get back to you!
Ben is a good teacher for all ages (I'm 70 something). He is experienced, knowledgeable, and patient. I particularly liked that he came to my house. Give him a try!
I'm having such a great experience taking guitar lessons with Ben! He's flexible about teaching me what I want to learn, even though that may change from week to week. As a music teacher myself, I know that progress happens in the practice between lessons. Since most of my practice time goes to my primary instrument, my progress on guitar has not been what it might be. But, to Ben's credit, he is patient and accepting of how it is with me. So I look forward to my lessons, knowing that Ben will make it fun and interesting regardless of my lack of preparation.
Ben is skilled in many different styles of guitar playing, and well versed in music theory, which he incorporates seamlessly into the lessons.
The in-home aspect is such a convenience! Highly recommended for parent-chauffeurs.
I took lessons from Ben for just under 2 years, and it was a great experience. He's extremely patient and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Ben is a great teacher! I'm a total beginner, and he explains everything very clearly, is patient, stretches my abilities, and adjusts his teacher, as needed to help me learn.