Henri Benard

Henri B.

Scottsdale, AZ
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Learn basic skills such as hand positioning, chords, scales, fun songs at your level and learn to enjoy all the guitar has to offer.
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Henri delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2004

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, (Okilly Dokilly, Dry River Yacht Club,The Hourglass Cats, Clint Stevens, Street Drum Corps) performing shows in 46 of the US States, as well as international festival performances and touring in Canada, Norway, Mexico, UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland), and Republic of Ireland. His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from preforming and private lessons, he is the founder of his preschool program Wee Rock Music, serves as adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College, and is the Entertainment Coordinator for Tempe Festival of The Arts. As a writer, his work has been published in Phoenix New Times and Modern Drummer, and his new children's drum book, Wee Beats, Wee Eats, is set for release in 2018. And also is an accomplished DJ.

Benard also co-scored the 2012 feature-length documentary, The Immigration Paradox, with Tobie Milford. Active in the music industry for more than 15 years, Henri is experienced in production, artist management, booking, merchandising, copyright, graphic design, promotions, licensing, teaching, publishing, writing, and live and studio performances.

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." 

Henri is endorsed by TJS Custom Drums and Los Cabos Drumsticks.

*** 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 musician. 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 melody 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 ***
Electronic Roland V-Drums, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Casio CTK-800, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Pioneer XDJ-XR, Music Books

*** 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 private lessons in home. 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 DJing, 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 Logic Pro, Protools LE, Adobe, and Pioneer 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.

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Music Teacher
Oct 2016 - Present
Natural Choice Academy

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.

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Adjunct Faculty
Jan 2012 - Present
Mesa Community College

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

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.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2010 - Jan 2013
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.

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


Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Feeling it.

Video for our newest single "The Legend of El Tigre"
One of my bands recent video release. This band just toured Canada and Norway for some large festivals.
Student rocking out in our studio :) Drums are fun! :) (OLD LOCATION)
This is a basic video for the Nyabinghi Groove. The rhythm is known as "The Heart Beat" and is counted: 

1 + 2   3 + 4 +a  (Old Location)
Learn a simple way to expand your playing by trying every beat you know 7 different ways. (OLD LOCATION)
Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff, AZ.

Students learn their favorite songs and technique on piano. (Old Location)

We just celebrated 5 years together. Thanks Take Lessons. (Old studio location)
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34 Reviews

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Katie & Emma K. Dec 14, 2018
Piano · In home

Henri has been great with my daughter Emma! She looks forward to her lesson every week and is learning a lot.

Bill Rogers Jul 15, 2018
Piano · In home

Learning is fun with Henry. Good energy and great teacher.

Jon Jun 22, 2018
Piano · In studio

Awesome class!

Thanh May 6, 2018
Piano · In studio

Henri is such a great teacher! He strives to make kids enjoy whatever they are doing. Henri always asks if you’re having fun because he never wants you to be bored of what could become a passion of yours. He is a great teacher! Highly recommended . I have two kids working with him and they both enjoy his company as a teacher!

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Ethan C. Apr 1, 2018
Guitar · In studio

My 6 year old son absolutely loved his time with Henri. He is so patient, kind, and such a wonderful teacher. I would definitely recommend Henri for ALL.

Amy Oct 19, 2017
Drum · In studio

Henri is always super kind and patient with me. He works really hard to break things down in a way that will make sense and be easier to grasp. He’s also always in a great mood and it’s refreshing to see! 10/10 would recommend.

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.

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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

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!

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!

Shane S. Mar 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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

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 ·

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 ·

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

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!!!

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FabiolaT Jun 19, 2012

Very great teacher he is patient with my son.

LoriN May 28, 2012

Great beginner experience

Henri is great! I am a complete beginner and he is always patient and very encouraging. And flexible with scheduling as well.

JohnR1 Jul 13, 2011

Henri is a experienced, friendly and patient guitar teacher. His lessons are engaging and helpful, his pace and direction make learning guitar inviting and beneficial. The only downside is his unique teaching studio, very small.

BibiA Jun 20, 2011

Henri and my childern are working very well together. Ther are learning.

VanC Mar 14, 2011

(aka tiffiny)

Thanks for being so flexible this past two weeks. :)

JazzemaS Jan 30, 2011


Henri is a GREAT singing instructor! He is encouraging and always makes me feel excited about learning. Positive reinforcement is something that keeps me going, and that is something he does without a doubt. Not only am I lucky, but thankful to have a talented instructor who gives his all in planning and teaching singing lessons.

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StephanieP1 Jan 22, 2011

doing well so far. henri corrected a major flaw in my drumming the first lesson and i feel like i already play better. can't wait to learn more!

StephenR Dec 16, 2010

Highly recommended

Henri has been a wonderful instructor, helping me improve at a pace that works perfectly with my busy work schedule. He's attentive and fun to work with.

RockyR Oct 30, 2010

I think your very talented. Hope you go a long ways in what every direction you go in. I may be taking more lessons someday soon.

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