Benjamin Karp

Benjamin K.

Glenside, PA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
learn how to navigate Ableton as a producer and performer. learn how to use an APC controller as an instrument
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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:
December 2003

I grew up in Glenside moved to Pittsburgh for school and came back because I love it here...I've been playing for 17 years and have a smorgasbord of influences from Zeppelin to the Beatles to Phish to Radiohead to the dirty projectors to Jay Z to Kurt Rosenwinkel & John Scofield. I have been composing and working with original bands for some 11 years and play regularly in the city and up and down the east coast. I have also been teaching for the past 11 years all over the Philadelphia area. i teach from a method I derived myself from years of learning both in and out of school. I think teaching music is both aural as well as visual and encourage students to listen to music a lot. most of all i feel that music is fun and the students should enjoy learning so i incorporate their favorite artists and favorite songs into our studies. for serious students I love theory and love sharing what I've discovered over the years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very laid back guy but I take my playing seriously. music is my life and there's nothing I enjoy sharing and expressing more. I learned to love playing guitar when I was 12 from the coolest guitar teacher ever. he had a vibe that i gravitated toward and encouraged me in just the right ways to get me believing in myself. I try to encourage my students the same way. music should be fun above all and sculpt my lessons to each students individual needs so that they are better equipped to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide guitar/bass/piano

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classic, Pop

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Jan 2005 - Present

professional music teacher


Jazz Studies
Sep 2005 - May 2009
Temple University
Jazz Perfomance
Sep 2001 - May 2005
Carnegie Mellon University
Bachelors of the Arts in Jazz Studies
Aug 2001 - May 2005
Carnegie Mellon University

Photos & Videos

"Georgia On My Mind"
Solo Guitar "My One & Only Love"
Solo guitar "C Blues"
Solo Jazz Guitar rendition of "Days of Wine & Roses"
Solo Jazz Guitar rendition of "Darn That Dream"
me practicing
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11 Reviews

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Brian Sep 18, 2018
Ukulele · In home

Great. Knowledgable teacher

William Aug 20, 2018
Guitar · In home

Seemed a little disorganized. It might have been part of the "getting to know me" process and what I wanted to accomplish. The hour went by very fast!

Frederick Jul 20, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

I have taken lessons from Benjamin, and found him to be an excellent teacher. If you are looking for someone to teach you bass, or guitar you can't find a more patient teacher. I would recommend him to anyone seeking lessons.

Ilya S. Mar 3, 2017
Guitar · In studio

This is my second review. As you can tell my the date of my first review, I've taken lessons with Benjamin for about three and a half years. I can honestly say he is the best guitar teacher I've had. He will help you understand the music and you will think like a musician!

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Frederick Sep 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Benjamin was very perfessional, and patient. I would recommend him as a great teacher for anyone wanting to learn to play the bass.

Marguerite H. Sep 9, 2015
Piano · In studio

He is a great teacher! Very patient and friendly. I look forward to taking more lessons!

Margo S. Feb 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Benjamin is great. I am an adult learner, picking up the guitar at 50! He is very patient and helpful. You can tell he really has a passion for all types of music and imparts it in his teaching.

Kelly L. Sep 2, 2014
Guitar · In home

Ben was fabulous! He taught me music I wanted to play at a speed that fit for me and simplified harder songs for a beginner like me to still be able to play a song I loved! Great teacher and picks up on your strengths and weakness. I would highly recommended him as a teacher! He's also funny and would make lesson's enjoyable! He was friendly to my dog and birds as well :)

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Maren G. Mar 6, 2014

Guitar Review

Ben, has only been teaching my daughter for about 2 months, but she really seems to enjoy the lessons.

Ilya S. Dec 22, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent Instructor

I highly recommend Benjamin! I have had several instructors and I can honestly say that he is the best I've had so far. He doesn't stick to any rigid lesson plans. His teaching style is very dynamic, he will taylor the lesson to fit your interest and level of playing. He keeps things fun and interesting and is good at coming up with creative exercises to try and challenge you. He also knows a lot of different music styles from what I can tell. I highly recommend him.

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Ted S. Nov 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Everything has been great so far!

Very happy with everything. A great experience with the site and the teacher.

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