I am 25 years old, a San Diego native displaced on the East Coast for the past 13 years who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.
I have a masters degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the Frost School of Music in the University of Miami and bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University. My main instrument is bass but I have years of performance and teaching experience on piano and guitar as well. I have been teaching music in classes, camps, and privately for over 6 years. Two of those years were as an employee with TakeLessons. During that time I taught over 100 different students and averaged about 40 private students a week.
*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is a shared art, one that demands an emphasis on community. I also believe that teaching music is just as much a part of growing as a musician as learning, practicing, and playing. Because I hold these beliefs, I strive to share my knowledge of music with seriousness and enthusiasm.
My teaching method is not strict, and I encourage students to come up with questions and ideas about what they want to learn in lessons. This way, we can come up with an ideal curriculum together that will maximize their potential for learning as well as keep a pace they are comfortable with. I do require that students study technique and reading music with me (guitar students will deal with tabs as well). These things lay the foundation for a well-rounded musician. Books for technique, improvising, learning songs, etc. may be agreed upon and/or suggested. Throughout lessons, we will also work on developing listening skills and musicianship, which takes further than just learning the notes on the keyboard or fretboard.
I hold degrees in Jazz composition and performance so I could say that jazz is my specialty, but I have performed in groups of many different genres, including rock, ska, R&B, funk, and acoustic. If a student is interested in learning a particular style of music, I will be happy to dive into it with him/her. If not, we will take some time to explore different styles and genres to create some interest. No matter what, beginning students will all deal with the same technical exercises and basic theory/ear training that is fundamental to a budding musician. How deep we go into music theory and such is up to the student; those with recreational interest will be taught at their own pace, and those with a drive to pursue music outside of the "woodshed" will be challenged a little more.
My ultimate goal when teaching is to cater to the wants and needs of the student. I try my best not only to find what each student would like to learn, but also to identify any issues in his/her playing or understanding of music and address them. Lessons with me will prove to create well rounded musicians who know how to make the most of their potential on their instrument.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be in living room. There is street parking available. No pets.
*** Specialties ***
On bass I specialize in jazz and funk styles, with plucking technique, slap and improvisation. I have also played and am familiar with rock, reggae, r&b, and Latin styles.
Manage day to day operations and production at this Philadelphia area recording studio.
Taught private piano, guitar, and bass lessons at Best Buy locations as an employee in the MD/VA area until leaving for graduate school in 2012. Currently teaching as a contractor.
Self-employed musician playing professional gigs and writing music through commissions. Recently began audio mixing work
Taught after-school guitar classes at ASPIRA of Florida Charter School in Miami, FL
· Guitar · Amazing Guitar Teacher
I've had many guitar teachers for my son, who is 11 and has been playing since he was 8. Most of our previous lessons were private in-person lessons, so I was a little hesitant about Skype lessons. However, I can honestly say Ben is the best teacher my son has ever had. He is reliable, professional and respectful. Ben has a way of explaining difficult concepts so they are easily grasped. He is wonderful at catering lessons to the appropriate skill level so the student can advance as quickly as his capacity allows. Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious. I'm very impressed and would highly recommend Ben as a teacher.
· · overall a very good instructor
i think Benjamin is a great instructor. He is patient and can work with you no matter your level of proficiency and makes you feel comfortable and willing to learn more.
· · Benjamin is a very talented and patient. He has the ability to connect with children and explains music simply and directly. We enjoy having him as an instructor.
· · piano
I think benjamin is good instructor he is analysing my abilities and making adjustments approach to keep things moving.
· · Awesome!
Ben is a very smart guitar teacher. He is quick to assess student's needs and customizes lessons accordingly. Gives home work for practice. Checks progress and moves on. Indeed awesome!
· · Ben was great for our son Grant! It was nice to have a young instructor who was energetic and so knowledgable. Thank you!
· · Ms.
Ben, is a great teacher...His love of music is contageous and keeps me going when I feel I cannot do it! Thank you!.
· · student
Ben is doing a great job with me and very patient. Our lessons are going great!
· · Superb Instructor
Benjamin is one in a million music teacher i ever met. Initially, i got intimidated when i first met him because he is so young and i took my lesson with him that i am a little bit older. As we go along with my weekly lesson, he showed me the real world of music to which i appreciated more. He is very flexible with his student schedules. He is an expert to his field of teaching. He is very polite and he knows what he is talking about. No inhibitions, no pretentions, and he really gets to the point and teach what you would want to learn from him. I highly recommend Benjamin to anyone esle who have the heart to learn music. You will never regret and will never think about the amount you put in to learn how to play multiple instruments.
· · Ben C.
Ben is an exceptional music teacher. You can clearly see how passionate he is with teaching and his music. He is very patient and takes his time ( above and beyond) to reach out and cater to what my son's needs in his guitar lessons. My son always looks forward to his Sunday music time with Ben. I would recommend him to other parents. I can certainly see the progress that my son is making with his guitar lessons.