Benjamin Kawsky

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL

About Benjamin K.

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Benjamin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: November 2013
Last sign in: Today

Overview

I have extensively studied vocal performance and opera for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master's in vocal performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I have studied other vocal genres, such as jazz, rock, and pop. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectations that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.

Photos and Videos

Vainement, ma bien aimée

Experience

Voice Teacher

Jan 2014 - Present
Private Music School

I teach voice lessons in Chicago Il.

Actor

Jan 2014 - Mar 2014
Indianapolis Metropolitan Theater Company

Peter - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Actor

Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
Booth Tarkington Theater

Rueben - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Biology Teacher

Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Tippecanoe Valley School Corp.

Musical Director
Volleyball Coach

Education

MM Music Performance

Jul 2014 - May 2016
Chicago College of Performing Arts

Bachelors

Sep 2007 - Apr 2011
Indiana Wesleyan University

Languages Spoken

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

CPR

May 2013
Red Cross

Awards

Concerto Competition Finalist

Jun 2013
MasterWorks Festival

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing

Oct 2010
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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58 Reviews on Benjamin K.

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Daly Sep 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
As a singer/songwriter looking to improve my vocal chops, I needed to find someone that I could jump right in with and start improving right away. Benjamin provided me with a really comfortable environment and laid back teaching approach that has given me great confidence in myself as a performer.

From the great, useful warmups to the very insightful critiques, Benjamin has taught me a lot about my own voice and what I have to work with. I've improved drastically over the last few months, and his suggestions and ideas about how to approach various singing techniques are without a doubt the reason why.

I look forward to continuing my lessons with Benjamin, and I have very high hopes in myself as an artist after learning from him a great deal about what it takes to be a good singer!
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Jon Aug 27, 2016
Gospel Singing · Online
Verified Student
I've had a great time taking lessons with Benjamin. He knows what he's talking about and has been incredibly helpful. He's straight-forward, in a very good way, as he wants to get the most out of your voice a quickly as possible. Highly recommended!
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Ashley Arthurs Aug 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is fantastic! My two daughters really enjoyed his lessons.
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nathan webster Jul 28, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
He has an amazing range though his vocal excercises seem inparticular he is a great teacher. He focuses on Falceto very much more than any other part of the voice which has helped a lot with widening my range.
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Adrienne Jun 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Benjamin has been a great singing instructor. He knows a tremendous amount and tailors vocal warm ups and lessons to my needs. He is very encouraging but gives no-nonsense critiques and advice to make you a better singer. I enjoy working with him and would recommend him to anyone looking to improve their voice.
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Logan Jun 27, 2016
Singing · Online
Ben is the man. Definitely cares about his students and does his best to see them succeed. He does a good job adapting his lessons to fit your style and context. I appreciate Bens honesty and hard work. As a worship leader who doesn't have much technique training, I'd definitely recommend Ben for any worship leader seeking to improve tone and stamina.
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Tara Jun 24, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
I am a math/science nerd and do not have much experience in proper singing, less in stage performance. After reading Benjamin's profile, I was very positive that he had the right personality and teaching style suited for me. My guess was correct! I have enjoyed every single of the 10-15 lessons with him and look forward to many more.
Teaching how to sing is much more than just giving instructions and demonstrating correct techniques. Even a YouTube video can do that. You hire a mentor so that he/she can criticize what you are doing wrong and create exercises customized to fix such malpractices. Benjamin has been doing exactly that. Additionally, he has been helping me improve on my stage etiquette, as well as performance skills. His sessions are also thoroughly entertaining, and he puts you under right amount of pressure, allowing you to be motivated without feeling embarrassed.
I started as an amateur singer and planned to pursue singing as a hobby at best, but now I hope to turn singing into an avocation. I am happy to recommend Benjamin to anyone looking for singing and stage performance lessons!
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Ashley Arthurs May 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ben has been a fantastic voice coach to my two girls. He makes each lesson fun and yet very productive!
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Joe P. Apr 1, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome!
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Joe Mar 4, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Awesome!
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