Benjamin Cantlupe

Benjamin C.

Philadelphia, PA

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Benjamin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2005

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.

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Studio Manager/Audio Engineer
Jun 2014 - Present
Range Recording Studios

Manage day to day operations and production at this Philadelphia area recording studio.

Music Instructor
Oct 2010 - Present

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.

Jan 2006 - Present

Self-employed musician playing professional gigs and writing music through commissions. Recently began audio mixing work

Guitar Teacher
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Frost MusicReach

Taught after-school guitar classes at ASPIRA of Florida Charter School in Miami, FL


Master of Music - Studio Jazz Writing
Aug 2012 - Apr 2014
University of Miami
Bachelor of Music - Jazz Bass Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Temple University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Frost School of Music Tuition Scholarship
Aug 2012
University of Miami

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22 Reviews

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Coral T. May 3, 2014
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.

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harrieto Jun 27, 2012

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.

NoraB Jun 18, 2012

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.

DarnellT May 28, 2012


I think benjamin is good instructor he is analysing my abilities and making adjustments approach to keep things moving.

TanamayaD Apr 13, 2012


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!

AudraB Mar 17, 2012

Ben was great for our son Grant! It was nice to have a young instructor who was energetic and so knowledgable. Thank you!

Anyay Feb 28, 2012


Ben, is a great teacher...His love of music is contageous and keeps me going when I feel I cannot do it! Thank you!.

CharletS Dec 2, 2011


Ben is doing a great job with me and very patient. Our lessons are going great!

RosieS Nov 27, 2011

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.

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AngelicaD Nov 24, 2011

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.

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brendar Sep 25, 2011

Feed back

Katy is excited about and enjoys working with Benjamin. She likes that he tailors the lesson to her interests and sets a pace she is comfortable with.

TheodoreA Jun 29, 2011

Very good instructor. Always helpful. My daughter can't wait for her Friday's lessons

DaynorF Jun 8, 2011

Piano classes the best

he is good teacher roy is happy and Roy keeping learnig tanks Benjamin

AungK Jun 8, 2011


Benjamin is a great teacher and has taught me well during the past lessons i have taken. Maybe around 4 lesson in total and yet i understand many things about playing Bass and can play 2 songs. He is a great teacher.

DorothyS2 May 22, 2011

Ben has been great. He is very patient with me and explains everything in terms that I can understand. He is a great teacher!

RobertC3 May 18, 2011

RJ had his first lesson with Ben and really liked Ben. He is looking forward to more lessons.

BarbaraW2 May 1, 2011


Ben is doing a great job with my son. He has a passion for music and it is having a positive impact on my son. My son seems to have a great passion now as well; he practices every day many times twice a day. Ben is very knowledgeable and customer friendly. My son is reading music and playing by ear. Thanks Ben for your commitment and dedication.

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PeterF May 1, 2011

James seems to be enjoying his lessons and getting along well with his instructor.

nnamdia Apr 16, 2011

Good teacher.knows it.

DeborahM Feb 14, 2011

Great teacher!

My child definitely enjoys his lessons with Benjamin and looks forward to them each week. He's always excited to come home and show what he's learned.

AveryW Feb 13, 2011

Thank you very much for the great guitar lessons. They really helped me and I've been improving ever since. :)

VictorN Oct 30, 2010

Enthusiastic and dedicated teacher

Ben is an excellent teacher. He focuses on the things our son likes to play and has put in time researching tabs of our son's favorite songs. He is truly a dedicated teacher and we are very pleased that he teaching our son.

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