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
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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.

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Introduction

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

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.

64 Reviews on Benjamin K.

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Khalfani M. Feb 6, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Benjamin is great. He goes through a good amount of drills to help learn technique. He also has you record lessons so that you can go through them later. He's been able to explain things with a lot of detail so that I can visualize them and understand how to make my voice stronger. He's really helped me improve in a short amount of time.
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Liam K. Jan 24, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I've grown more from the couple of months I've worked with Benjamin than I have with any other instructor. He is truly a phenomenal teacher! He will make sure your technique is flawless.
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Mario C. Jan 17, 2017
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Chris Dec 20, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Benjamin for about 6 weeks now, and it has been a great experience. He especially helped me prepare for a performance while I was battling a cold. He gave me useful techniques and advice on how to get through the sickness without hurting any of the mechanisms used in singing.
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Andreas Dec 1, 2016
Verified Student · Earth Science · Online
Great job and looking forward to booking my sons next session...
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Ryan Nov 19, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · In studio
Ben has great sight into the voice and from day one really helps you pin point the things you have to work on as a singer. Straight to the point and frank, he really helps you become self aware of your voice. having someone knowledgeable and critical listen to my singing has been a huge help and I've already seen a difference since the first lesson. He has a more in depth warm up/vocal exercise routine than what I'm used to, but if you stick with everything he says, you'll definitely notice improvements.
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Daly Sep 2, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
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
Verified Student · Gospel Singing · Online
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
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Ben is fantastic! My two daughters really enjoyed his lessons.
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nathan webster Jul 28, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · Online
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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