Ben Unterbrink
Columbus, OH
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Ben Unterbrink

Ben U.

Columbus, OH
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
It is my grasp of foreign languages that makes me an effective English teacher. For instance, learning the complex grammar of Latin and Greek gave me a thorough understanding of English grammar and the ability to relate to other people’s native languages. I have spent many hours proofreading papers for international students. They find my instruction especially informative because I not only fix mistakes but provide an explanation. When I point out the patterns of grammar, similar mistakes show up less and less, and my students feel more confident that they are writing sentences correctly.

I learned English teaching methods through my tutoring experience. Over a span of four months, I gave a Turkish visiting scholar a systematic overview of English grammar and allowed him to apply it through conversation.

About Ben U.

Music Lessons & Tutoring

Welcome to my studio, where I will instruct you in your musical and academic endeavors. What sets me apart is that I offer diverse instruction in two different areas. In my music studio, I give lessons in piano, violin, guitar, and composition. In my tutoring center, I specialize in Latin (learning from scratch and tutoring). I instruct students of all ages at different skill levels.

My in-studio lessons are given on a grand piano.


BM Music Composition -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
BA Classics (Greek and Latin) -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
Classics Fellowship -- Indiana University, 2013-2014
Piano Training: Collegiate lessons from Steven Glaser and private lessons from George Haddad


As a high school senior, under the tutelage of OSU Professor Emeritus and world-renowned pianist George Haddad, I performed the first movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the chamber orchestra.

I performed different self-composed pieces at seven OSU Composers' Workshops and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition in 2012. My Senior Composition Recital was performed on October 25, 2012. It showcased several of my three-movement works: string quartet, clarinet solo, set of classical songs for piano and voice, set of pop songs for piano and voice. Interspersed with these were two solo piano pieces and a duet for piano and violin.

My background makes me a knowledgeable and effective tutor. I was valedictorian at Delaware Hayes High School in 2009 and received OSU's Maximus Scholarship based on my ACT and SAT scores.


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36 Reviews
Daniel L.
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Excellent teacher for my son

Posted May 12, 2021
Michael B.
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Ben is a very good instructor. Looking forward to next lesson

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Benjamin Ryan P.
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Are first lesson and Benjamin said it was AWESOME

Posted May 6, 2019
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First lesson: Very patient, organized, great instructions. Very happy overall!

Posted Feb 3, 2019
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I'm senior high school student from the Netherlands. Since 6 weeks I take English lesson from Ben to improve my conversation & writing skills. I'm very happy with the result!

Posted Oct 24, 2018
Joe A.
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Good so far, first one so getting bearings but should be what I need, very helpful and supportive

Posted Aug 15, 2018
Mary R.
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Ben goes patiently and slowly with my 3 granddaughters, ages 7 and 8.

Posted Jun 19, 2018
John D.
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Terrific teacher! Has been tutoring Latin for my son for a few years & it's been great! Helped improve his SAT/ACT score & instilled a love of language in my son that he didn't have before. Highly recommend Ben!

Posted Jun 11, 2018
Lillian J.
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Ben was on time and he was very patient with my 5 year old daughter.

Posted Jan 12, 2018

My son enjoyed his experience and he was patient with him.

Posted Aug 30, 2017
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Very patient teacher.

Posted Aug 17, 2017
Rhyan S.
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Ben was patient, kind and full of knowledge. He was great at noticing her hand placement and would make visual corrections as well as show her examples of where she should be. For our first online lesson, I was very impressed. We still need to learn more about the technical aspects of being online (example: where to move the output video placement) but I think that just adds to the fun and experience of the whole process.

Posted Jun 8, 2017
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Its all good. Knows his stuff. Loves what he does.

Posted Jan 9, 2017
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Very professional and nice teacher!

Posted Nov 13, 2016
Jelly S.
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Ben is a great teacher and my granddaughters are enjoying the lessons

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Maddy S.
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Ben is great with the girls. I have 10 and 7 yr. old granddaughters one is taking piano and the other guitar. He does great with both. And they seem to be learning from and enjoying the lessons.

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Joan D.
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Very knowledgeable about the subject. I look forward to learning more!

Posted Jul 5, 2016
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Very good. Was patient, professional and kept my beginning piano player excited and engaged

Posted Jun 15, 2016
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Ben is very patient and helpful. I had trouble playing 8th notes so he took the time to explain them to me and help me understand them. He's really awesome!!

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Mauricio G.
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very nice person, gentle and with a lot of patience to explain you the basics. I really recommend him if any of you is interested to take violin classes.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Maria S.
Profile-location-online Online

Ben is extremely patient with my children, very professional and explains things in a way a children understand and encourages them to work and help one another!

Posted Dec 16, 2015
Jacob S.
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Thank you for my kids first lesson. I was a little nervous at first as my kids if always had lessons in a studio. Online worked ok really well. We look forward to many more lessons with Ben.

Posted Oct 8, 2015
Garry K.
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My first day was a pleasure. Ben is patient and very personable. So looking forward to more sessions with him.

Posted Sep 28, 2015
Ian M.
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Ben is a very positive and enthusiastic teacher. He is quite familiar and clearly very involved in music.
Provided answers to all my questions and constructive criticism where improvement was needed.
He is always quick to provide positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Henry F.
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Ben was very patient to go over my book and let me play music. I enjoyed the lesson.

Posted Aug 21, 2015
Sirisha B.
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Ben takes the time to find out about what level you are in and what gaps are present. He is accommodating to my needs and is a great instructor.

Posted May 20, 2015
Joey D.
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Ben is terrific!

Posted Apr 29, 2015
Tara B.
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I am an adult beginner piano student and am very pleased with Ben as an instructor. He is patient, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. Ben is able to help explain concepts and techniques that I struggle to grasp so I am able to make real progress every week. I highly recommend Ben as a piano instructor.

Posted Apr 10, 2015
Freya N.
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Very Patient and explains thoroughly.

Posted Apr 4, 2015
Linda M.
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Ben is an exceptional teacher. My wife has prior violin experience but has special needs today that Ben works through showing great patience. We are so pleased and can highly recommend him.

Posted Mar 18, 2015
Khem K.
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Ben is a very good tutor.. Very patient and explains everything very well. He started tutoring me in chemistry AP then physics and then latin. Thanks to him a lot of it makes sense to me lol. Would def recommend!!

Posted Nov 25, 2014
Antonio E.
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I have been taking Latin lessons with Ben for some time and am very pleased with his method. I have never studied Latin before, so we began from scratch, using a lesson plan built by Ben with the help of college-level textbooks. Ben has been very diligent and disciplined in building demanding but realistic lesson plans every week, as well as in creating thorough and helpful practice exercises. On top of this Ben is a polite, pleasant and accommodating fellow, open to questions and suggestions. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to study Latin.

Posted Nov 13, 2014
Jane J.
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I was very interested in piano when I was in college, but I didn't have any background in piano. I took several piano lessons from Ben. He was always very patient and detailed in explanations. He also incorporated music theory to help me improve my understanding of music. I wanted to learn Canon in D, but it was too hard for me. Ben rewrote Canon in D to make it easy enough for me to play. After a few lessons, I learned the whole music!

Ben is also qualified in GMAT training and proofreading. Ben helped me with GMAT grammar, readings, and critical reasoning. He was exceptional in grammar! For the proofreading, he went point by point and gave valuable suggestions. He explained every correction to me to make sure I understood all of them.

Posted Aug 3, 2014
Lisa S.
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Posted Sep 10, 2018
Catherine H.
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Posted Aug 21, 2017
Maria S.
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Posted Oct 27, 2016

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Graduate Student
Aug 2013 - Jul 2014

Indiana University

Classics Fellowship


BM in Music Composition, BA in Classics (Greek & Latin)
Sep 2009 - Dec 2012

Ohio State University


2012 Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition -- Audience Favorite Award
May 2012

Ohio State University

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