David Benedict

David B.

Cambridge, MA

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

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Hi there! My name is David and I'm a professional mandolinist here in Boston, MA, specializing in bluegrass, oldtime, Celtic, jazz, and classical music. I graduated from college in 2013 with a unique bachelors degree in mandolin music performance. While in school, I studied with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner as a core part of my curriculum. After school, I moved to Nashville and taught, toured, and recorded full time. While there, I recorded and released two albums of my own original music. Over the years, I've had the privilege of performing on stage with such artists as Flinner, Casey Driessen, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Missy Raines, David Grier, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, and Tommy Emmanuel. I now live in Boston, playing full time with the bluegrass band Mile Twelve, and making weekly Mandolin Monday videos.

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Feb 2017 - Present
Mile Twelve

I now perform and record with the young, award winning, bluegrass band Mile Twelve, located in Boston, MA.

Nov 2014 - Feb 2017
Missy Raines & The New Hip

While living in Nashville, I toured and recorded full time with 8 time winner of the IBMA bass player of the year award, Missy Raines and her progressive acoustic band The New Hip.

Mandolin Instructor
Nov 2014 - Feb 2017
Carter Vintage Guitars

While in Nashville, I also taught private lessons as an in-house mandolin instructor for one of the premier vintage instrument shops in the country, Carter Vintage Guitars.


B.S. in Mandolin Music Performance
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013
Bryan College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st Place Band Competition
Aug 2016
Podunk Bluegrass Festival


International Bluegrass Music Association
Mar 2016

IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Photos & Videos

My solo arrangement of John Williams score for the original Star Wars films
My band Mile Twelve performing Bill Monroe's song "In Despair."
My solo arrangement of Paul Simon's song "The Boxer"
Jazz mandolin maestro Don Steirnberg and myself playing through the jazz standard "Night and Day"
Missy Raines and the New Hip performs my original composition "Rendezvous."
Photo by David B.

Mile Twelve

Guitarist Michael Moore and me shooting a music video for our duo record Each by Side.

The album cover for a mandolin and guitar duo record I made with guitarist Michael Moore in Chattanooga, TN.
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15 Reviews

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Bob Feb 20, 2018
Mandolin · In studio

I come with a million questions ranging from minute details about playing technique and how best to practice to broad questions about music theory. David fields them all with knowledge and patience. He is not only skilled and accomplished but also has thought about every aspect of mandolin playing, something I value a great deal. With his encouragement I am highly motivated. I would also note that his probably being younger than all of my children doesn't seem a problem at all.

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Michael Aug 22, 2017
Mandolin · In home

This was my first lesson with David and it met and even exceeded my expectations. He was very patient and gave me some great instruction for a beginner such as myself.

Evan Jun 5, 2017
Mandolin · Online

David is an excellent instructor. He has a wealth of knowledge of not only technique, but also the history of mandolin music. He has made many recommendations of music to listen to in order to increase familiarity with the instrument. He is flexible with lesson times and works around around my schedule including teaching relatively late into the evening. He seems to genuinely care about my progress and provides lessons tailored to what I want to learn. I would recommend David to anyone who wants to learn to play the mandolin

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Clark Family Jun 4, 2017
Mandolin · Online

We are so happy we found David to teach our daughter mandolin! David is so great with her and is really invested in her learning and progress. She has grown by leaps and bounds. David is professional, passionate, and unbelievably talented. Our daughter is so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from such a talented musician!

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Evan May 23, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

David is an amazing player and teacher! He understand the mandolin so well and is able to break things down for students of any level. I can't imagine a better instructor.

Alex May 18, 2017
Mandolin · Online

David is an incredible musician and teacher. He cares deeply about the mandolin tradition, music, and his students. I'm incredibly happy to have worked with him.

Lisa May 18, 2017
Mandolin · Online

David Benedict is a fantastic teacher and a wonderful person. The depth of his knowledge knows no bounds. His enthusiasm for teaching is infectious! I look forward to every lesson and highly recommend him to anyone looking to deepen their skills.

Tom P May 17, 2017
Mandolin · Online

David is a great mandolin teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons with him for a few months now via Skype. We really like David's attention to detail in teaching the mandolin - and his instruction on things like timing, tone, practice habits, etc. He knows his stuff and is a really nice guy as well! I feel fortunate that we have the opportunity to learn from him.

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Nate May 15, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

David is a recent addition to Mile Twelve, our Boston-based bluegrass band. He's been nothing but a joy to work with on that project thus far, and I'm sure he's just as organized, supportive and hardworking in his teaching studio. I fully recommend David as a teacher!

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Nate May 15, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

I am a professional music teacher and recommended David as a substitute for an instructor role at a music camp that I couldn't attend. David was a huge hit and my students were thrilled with him. He was well prepared, with professional printed materials, and was kind and encouraging to his students. David is a class act and I recommend him with enthusiasm!

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Catherine B. May 14, 2017
Guitar · In studio

David is an amazing musician and even more important he's incredibly easy and fun to work with. He's super patient and always encouraging, definitely recommend working with him!

Nick K May 13, 2017
Mandolin · Online

David is fantastic. He is well prepared each lesson, takes the time and energy to understand my habits and challenges as a player and gives great cues and advice for improving my play. I'm very grateful to have connected and tapped into his expertise.

Casey May 13, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

David is such a knowledgeable musician and a great guy! I highly recommend him to students of any level.

Bronwyn May 13, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

David is a wonderful musician and teacher. We've been playing in a band together for the last year and he's a joy to work with! He is patient, encouraging, kind and consistent and I think all of those qualities make him a great teacher. Part of being in a band involves teaching each other new things regularly and whenever a band teaching opportunity comes up, David is always an extremely effective teacher. I've met many of his students who come to our shows, and they all have great things to say about David. He's made a big difference in a lot of his students lives and I would highly recommend him as a mandolin and guitar instructor.

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Andrew May 13, 2017
Mandolin · Online

David is a wonderful instructor! He explains things in great detail and is very encouraging. I would highly recommend taking lessons from him.

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