Henri Benard

Henri B.

19 Reviews
Phoenix, AZ

About Henri B.

Background check: Last verified 11/14/2014
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Henri teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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, decker., and The SunPunchers are the current projects), performing shows in 39 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE w/Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal, Bad Religion) and Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival w/New Order, Janalle Monae, Wolfmother, A-Trak, etc.) 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 an Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions. 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, or percussion 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 book work, 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 and 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. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar 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 musician! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."


*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Pearl Rhythm Traveller Kit, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Harmony Guitar, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, all developmental material for students to retain and practice with, and a Pearl Traveler's Drum Kit if necessary. I can also provide percussion instruments.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments) 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.

For drum students, along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum notation, drum tab, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal hearing.

For guitar students, we will engage in guitar tuning, warm-up/skill building exercises, reading sheet music, reading TAB, notes on the guitar, chords, and student chosen songs, among other activities.

Aside from drums/percussion and guitar, 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; 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; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

Photos and Videos

This is a demo of my performance abilities. My band played Marquee Theater January 2, 2010 for our second time.

Experience

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)

Education

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

Languages Spoken

Portuguese Limited Proficiency
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19 Reviews on Henri B.

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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.
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Michael Jun 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
Taking drum lessons with Henri has improved my sound incredibly. Henri does more then improve my chops technically, Henri has taught me how to play musically. Henri set me free on the drums, teaching me how to breathe while I play and to hit with confidence. My friends and family have been commenting on how great I sound on the drums lately. It is awesome. I highly recommend taking drum lessons with Henri.
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Carla W. Jun 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Henri is an awesome teacher and mentor. He has the patience to teach drum by ear and repetition. He has taught me not only to play rhythms but also great songs that I can relate to. Henri has taught me to continue to strive to do my best not only in music but in my personal life. I drive 50 mile round trip in order to have Henri as my teacher. Some day I hope I can play as well as Henri. Robbie
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Josh P. Jun 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Henri has been a fun and patient drum instructor. I highly recommend him!
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jeanne M. Mar 10, 2015
Drum · In home
Henri is a gem. He is the perfect combination of cool and a serious musician. He is able to win over the respect of kids and truly teach them! There is no need to look any further for a music teacher!
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Shane S. Mar 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
To start with, Henri is fun to be around, DO NOT underestimate this. I have had the strict authoritarian and the the wallflower and in both cases, I ended up not showing up so often than I just quit. It took me a few times of going to my lesson to realize what it was that made this time so different, and it is quite simply that I like being there for more than just the lesson.
In terms of his lesson quality and knowledge of the subject, I can only speak to his guitar knowledge. I guess before I begin, I should say that I am a beginner, and spend most of my time in life doing the things I have to do rather than the things I want to do. (kids) Anyhow, once again, Henri hit the mark. He asked me my goals and then challenged me to get there while not pressuring me too much to practice. (like I said, not a wallflower, and not an authoritarian) Some lessons were theory, scales, and or chords, and some were just me learning a song, which is essentially the fun way of learning chords and picking techniques.
At the end of the day, the entire experience has exceeded my expectations, and while my practice between lessons is certainly lacking, I am making serious progress. One fine day, I will play that coffee house and my decent singing and average guitar will fill the air and with any luck will only turn heads in a good way!
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Karla L. Dec 31, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Henri is an excellent teacher! I have been a teacher myself for more than 15 years and I recommend him without reservation. He works with my daughter who is five years old and she is always excited about her lessons. She is making excellent progress and is eager to do more. She feels well-supported by Henri who encourages her to take risks with her playing while making her feel that she is doing a great job. Music lessons with this teacher are well worth the money and an excellent investment. We are lucky to have found him!
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Nicolle S. Mar 4, 2014
Percussion
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Henri is great!! He is a super experienced and knowledgable drummer (musician) and teacher. He is extremely patient, has taught me my basics, technique, and is very open to teaching what you want to learn, willing to teach you what you are really interested in musically. At the end of every lesson, he reviews what we learned, writes it and lets me video it so I can practice at home. He has been really flexible, patient, laid back and always down to work on whatever you want but great at coming up with lessons that challenge and excite you as well. I could'nt be more pleased with Henri as a teacher. I always look forward to my lessons.
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Ruth B. Mar 13, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great experience!

My 7 yr old has been taking drum lessons with Henri for aobut 2 months. He is always excited to go, and never wants to leave at the end. He is learning rhythms and other drum basics. Henri is great at keeping him on track, but allowing for enough fun/free play as well. It is great that Henri has two drum kits so they can both play the whole lesson.
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Vanessa S. Feb 14, 2013
Verified Student
A really impressed Mom's review

Henri and my 8 year old daughter have had about four drum lessons together and she is really learning! His teaching style is flawless because he works with the interests and strengths she has. When she messes up he makes it fun and is very able to help her understand what she needs to do differently. He applies his teaching to current songs that she likes so I can't make her stop practicing if I wanted to. Genius!

Even if he weren't our teacher, we would still wish to spend time with him because of his wonderful personality. We are so blessed and lucky to have randomly found him on this website. Jackpot!!!