Diana Benson

Diana B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I believe that music should never feel like a chore and that music learning should be curiosity-driven, active, enjoyable, and emphasize self-expression. Learn good habits from the beginning and build techniques from a solid foundation to adapt to any musical style you'd like!
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Diana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

Diana is a classical guitarist and pianist originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to guitar and piano, she teaches voice, ukulele and songwriting in New York City, where she now resides. She spent the better part of a decade studying closely with two mentors: celebrated classical guitarist Lynn McGrath, and revered pianist Stephen Montoya. As a high school student, Diana regularly performed in recitals and participated in competitions and festivals across the U.S., including the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and The Parkening Guitar Competition, where she received masterclass instruction from distinguished guitarists like David Russell, Ana Vidovic and Christopher Parkening. She went on to study classical guitar at the North Carolina School for the Arts as the youngest student admitted in her focus at the age of 17, and later completed her studies in music performance, composition, and foreign language at the University of New Mexico. In addition to her classical studies, Diana sang in a variety of traveling choral groups throughout high school and took small roles in the Broadway musicals ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Rent’.

In the course of her studies, Diana was honored with awards of excellence from the National Honors Society of Guitar and recognized for her performances with the critically acclaimed woman’s guitar ensemble, ‘Presti Quartet.’ She was selected two years in a row to perform 1st chair in the New Mexico ALLSTATE Guitar Orchestra - the first-ever young woman to earn that position. The following year she was chosen as one of twelve guitarists to represent music in education in the United States.

In the time since her studies, Diana has called many places home. She lived in New Orleans for several years and in that time her music interests broadened to embrace traditional American forms, such as jazz and the blues. During that time she ran a private music practice, teaching children and young adults to become proficient with music. She continued her travels, her studies and her teachings during the summer of 2017 in Spain. She has been living, studying and teaching in New York City since the fall of 2017, always carrying with her the belief that music should never feel like a chore and that learning music should be curiosity-driven, active, enjoyable, and emphasize self-expression. Diana believes in building a strong foundation of musical knowledge with her students by providing the tools to create good habits from the beginning and encouraging effective, deliberate practice. It is her mission to inspire aspiring musicians as a music educator and bring a life-long love of music to her students.

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Experience

Private Music Instructor
Jan 2018 - Present
Private company

Private music instruction to children and young adults in varied styles of guitar, piano and ukulele.

Private Piano Instructor
Jun 2017 - Sep 2017
Spain Works

Private piano instruction in Spanish to several young children in Spain.

Education

Music & Language
Sep 2012 - May 2016
University of New Mexico

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

2 Reviews

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Lily Apr 27, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Dianna is a great teacher! So knowledgeable, so patient, so sweet, she is great with my child. Would recommend her to everyone.

Sam F. Mar 18, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

A great teacher and more. Diana in our experience is amazing. Patience and technique, knowledge and customization. Diana is making the student being successful. Diana has a very good understanding how to bring out the student's abilities to its best and knows what to work on to make the student become a really good pianist. Thank you for your dedication.

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