Kevin Bene

Kevin B.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Music is an extremely multifaceted skill and every student learns in a completely different way. Some students will gravitate towards certain aspects of music more then others. For me, it is all about favoring these aspects in order for the student to get the most creative and intellectual growth. I am a well-versed professional musician and have experience in many genres from classical to more popular styles. I teach strong foundations in note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, improvisation and more. My lessons are always encouraging no matter what level or pace the student is at. Send me a message, I look forward to working with you!
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Kevin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 2007

I am a private woodwind instructor and professional freelance musician. My main instrument is saxophone and I double on flute, teaching both with the addition of beginner to intermediate clarinet. I have a Masters in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music and BA in Classical and Jazz Performance from Michigan State University. I am experienced in many different genres of music and have performed and recorded with many jazz, latin, funk, soul, fusion, R&B, pop, and classical ensembles.
For me teaching is extremely rewarding, the fact that I get to share and guide students through this creative art form that is so dear to me is really a special thing. Music has many aspects and certain students gravitate towards different aspects then others. I focus on these specific aspects so my students get the most creative and intellectual growth.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio w/ keyboards, chairs, stands, materials, computer, recording equipment (microphone, speakers) seating for parents in waiting room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and learning materials for the first couple lessons and after that the student must supply for themselves. The student/s must have their own working instrument and accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc).

*** Specialties ***
Music Performance in Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. Classical, Jazz and others. Improvisation, Theory and Ear Training

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Woodwind Teacher
May 2017 - Present
Paul Effman Music School

Teaching all levels of saxophone, beginner/intermediate flute, beginner clarinet.

Jazz Band Instructor
Jan 2016 - Present
Bridewater Raritan High School

Taught/demonstrated jazz techniques (tone, style/interpretation, improv) to developing musicians for a strong foundation in jazz education. Prepared 2 bands for high school jazz band competitions.


Masters in Jazz Studies
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Manhattan School of Music
BA Music Performance and Jazz Studies
Sep 2006 - May 2011
Michigan State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Woodwind finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition
Apr 2010
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Recording contract with Rock X Records/Gorilla Productions through Keeping Riley
Jul 2009
Rock X Records/Gorilla Productions

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Loop Video.  Produce my own loop beats.
Montclair State University. Jeff Kunkel quintet
David Sanborn Transcription of "Benny"
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@ Systems 2 in Brooklyn, NY

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2 Reviews

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Moshe Sep 12, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Kevin has been my teacher for 3 years. We meet once a week. Kevin is a gifted teacher (and a great musician). He only corrects a mistake once I've reached the level when I can fix it. This way I have been making progress week after week, and it feels good.

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Cherilyn Sep 8, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Kevin is a wonderful teacher. My daughter started saxophone lessons with him at the beginning of the summer and she adores him. He's funny, patient, encouraging and thoughtful. We couldn't ask for a better sax teacher! Kevin also taught a master class at my older son's middle school and he was fantastic. I highly recommend him!

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