Henri Benard

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ

About Henri B.

Background check: Last verified 01/19/2017
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Henri teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2004
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Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club,The Hourglass Cats, The Everyday Players and Lara Ruggles and The Lost Gold are the current projects), performing shows in 46 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE), Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival), and Mexico (Circus Mexicus) in 2016. His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions, as well as working for several local preschools in support of his children's music business "Wee Rock Music.". A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, percussion, or piano lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords, finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist/pianist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, and basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar/Piano students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring human being! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Tama Rock Star Drum Kit, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Casio CTK-800, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments, and all developmental material for students to retain and practice.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments, piano/keyboard) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments (including reading music notation); 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks as well as for others; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your musical desires. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a music-filled day.

Photos and Videos

Video for our newest single "The Legend of El Tigre"


Music Teacher
Oct 2016 - Present
Natural Choice Academy

Provide music education and appreciation for pre-school classrooms ages 1- 5.

Music Teacher
Oct 2016 - Present
Whiz Kids Pre-School

Provide music education and appreciation for pre-school classrooms ages 1- 5.

Jul 2016 - Present
Wee Rock Music

Wee Rock Music is designed to nurture children and family bonding through high-energy music appreciation sessions. Sessions were designed by founder/teaching artist Henri of Phoenix, AZ, and are aimed at both parent(caregiver)/child and preschool-age students. At WRM we highly believe in the power of music and that it’s essential role of any person’s growth, especially young children. Our founder has been a lifelong musician and has several years of preschool/early childhood, private lesson, and performance experience, making our methods of children’s music education extremely fun, focused, and contemporary. We feel our programs speak for themselves.

Adjunct Faculty
Jan 2012 - Present
Mesa Community College

Instructor for MUC210, MUC109, and MUC110 in Music Business program for Mesa Community College.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2010 - Present
Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Teaching artist for PCM. Have taught group classes in drums/percssion, vocals, guitar, and music theory. Also worked as a private instructor for guitar and drums.

Musician/Teaching Artist
Sep 2006 - Present
Essential Theater

Provide music and music therapy for Essential Theater. Essential Theater is an internationally renowned playback theater company based out of Tempe, AZ.

Private Lessons Teacher/Ensemble Director
Aug 2012 - Sep 2014
School of Rock

Worked as a private drum instructor as well as ensemble director at the School of Rock in both Ahwatukee and Scottsdale.

Music Teacher
Oct 2010 - Aug 2012
Love and Learn Pre School

Provided music education for pre-schooler classrooms (1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, School-Age)


B.A. Religious Studies
Aug 2000 - Dec 2008
Arizona State University

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency

28 Reviews on Henri B.

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Alice Apr 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio Very chill and informative first lesson. He really seemed to listen and understand my learning curve. Looking forward to future lessons.
Landon Mar 30, 2017
· Piano · In home Really great and friendly guy. Super enthusiastic. Great choice for anyone wanting to learn piano..
Dustin Feb 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio Henri is awesome! He works hard to plan the lessons around what is equally challenging and interesting. He has no problem working with a 28 year old first time piano player like myself. I highly recommend him!
Joan H. Jan 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home Henri is very attentive to his student's needs and very sympathetic to the needs of a rank beginner.
Mico W. Nov 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio Amazing! Very open to new ways of learning....exactly what my son needed!
Clayton Nov 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio A fabulous introduction to music for our 9 year old! Thank you Henri for making the lesson such a positive and inspiring experience, we could t be happier. See you next week!
David L. May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio My son is comfortable and doesn't feel pressured, which speaks to Henri's ability to communicate with kids and make it fun. That is very important.
Chris S. Mar 18, 2016
· Songwriting · In home Henri understands my goal of wanting to learn to cover songs and eventually write my own. It's exactly what I'm looking for.
Bradford M. Nov 16, 2015
· Guitar · In home Great lesson, I look forward to next week!
Amara J. Jul 20, 2015
· Music Performance · In studio Where can I start I don't Know but what I do Know for sure, this guy is very kind and patient. He's a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. I am so glad I have you as my instructor thank you Henri B.

Instruction is always individualized and positive. He always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. He works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with him is a great pleasure.
Henri Benard
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