Benji Cleland

Benji C.

Fair Oaks, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Texas style, old-time, and bluegrass fiddle music.
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Benji delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2013

Hi there, my name is Benji and I have been teaching private lessons since 2013. I started playing the violin at age 4 when my parents signed me up for Suzuki violin lessons. l feel in love with the violin and began to play non-stop. I also have been competing in state fiddle competitions since the age 6. I am trained in classical and fiddle/bluegrass music and enjoy both styles.

I individualize lesson plans around students wants and needs. My most important goal is to put a love and admiration of music in my students. For that reason, I focus on a variety of musical styles of interest to the student.

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have and I can't wait to help you reach your goals!

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Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Benji C.

Competing at the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser, Idaho.

Performance at California state fiddle contest in 2017.
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11 Reviews

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Darcy Struckman May 4, 2019
Fiddle · In home

I'm really enjoying learning the fiddle. Benji is a very good instructor. He has a great deal of experience and knowledge, has great intuition about how to present and teach, encourage and challenge me based on where I am moment to moment. He is very patient and encouraging, with a calm energy, which are excellent qualities in a teacher. I highly recommend him.

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Ronica W. Jan 14, 2019
Violin · Online

I had my first lesson today. I'm an adult starting from ground zero. Benji was very patient and encouraging, and I'm excited about the next lesson!

Ryker E. Aug 23, 2018
Violin · In home

Benji did a great job with Ryker!

Mindi Feb 7, 2017
Violin · Online

Benji teaches violin to my 11 year old beginner son. We are busy and my son is involved in several extracurricular activities. Benji is very flexible with scheduling. He is extremely patient and positive with my son. He always gives complements and encouragement. He is moving at my child's pace. I highly recommend him!

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Kim Aug 2, 2016
Violin · Online

Benji is very patient and is very positive and praising. He still tries to get them to practice. My granddaughter loves him and now wants to go to California. LOL.

Kristal Jul 1, 2016
Violin · Online


Maria Jun 6, 2016
Violin · Online

Was very kind and helpful. Also followed up with helpful information. Very good experience!

Nia R. Jun 1, 2016
Violin · Online

Very thorough instructor. Benji connected with my child with a genuine interest. He created a practice plan for her to work on in between sessions. He took the time, went over complicated and tricky violin notes carefully. Displays patience and clarity.

Aubrey H. May 11, 2016
Violin · Online

My daughter asked first thing this morning when her next lesson was! We're excited to keep learning! Thanks Benji!

Jordyn May 10, 2016
Violin · In home

This was my daughters first experience with an instrument and she was nervous and very talkative. Benji was very patient and guided her through her first lesson. she is very excited for her next lesson!

Sicilia H. Apr 21, 2016
Violin · In studio

Great. Kids was comfortable and enjoyed their first class. Looking forward to more classes.

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