Mike Bennett

Mike B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love music theory, and am always psyched to share my knowledge with anyone interested in learning.
I have a deep knowledge of jazz theory, which I find most useful as it can be applied to almost any western music. I also have a strong background in classical theory.
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About

Mike delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2010

I'm Mike, and I'm thrilled to be part of the TakeLessons team. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 5, and have never looked back! I began formal Jazz training in high school and continued studying guitar and composition at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. After graduating, I played Organ Trio and small combo jazz in LA, studied Brazilian and African percussion, and went to Japan to study Shamisen and Taiko drumming. I've been playing in various groups since arriving in NYC in 2005, and have recently been working on engineering and composing for film.

My strength lies in my versatility - I love music of all kinds. Whether it's Soul, Samba, or Salsa, Rock, Pop or Hip Hop, I am very good at communicating the mechanics of music so that my students not only learn to play, but learn to listen and write. I have a studio space in Manhattan as well as a small mixing studio in my Brooklyn apartment, and I'm happy to show students the ins and outs of recording along with theory and guitar technique.


*** Lesson Details ***
Music is fun!!! I strive for all my students to enjoy themselves, to have a great time learning about the world of music.
I use a song-based approach to guitar playing. Armed with just a small vocabulary of chords, you can play hundreds of great songs. My students will determine the course of their lesson plan by selecting songs they want to learn. While maintaining proper technique and effective practice methods, we will learn the fundamentals of the guitar by playing the music that we love. After 6 months, you will know all the basic chords, and the fundamentals of playing a solo. As lessons progress, you also learn song structure and some basic harmonic theory so you can begin creating on your own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide his or her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, ear training, songwriting, theory

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jun 2012 - Present
NYC Guitar School

I teach private lessons, group lessons, adult classes and rock camp intensives with this great guitar school. Most of the focus, musically, is on rock and pop, but we will go wherever the spirit moves us.

Education

BA
Sep 1998 - Jun 2000
Wesleyan University

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13 Reviews

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Truman C. Sep 21, 2016
Guitar · In home

My son had a great time! Mike was friendly and made it fun for him to get comfortable on the guitar.

Harry S. Feb 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

He was very helpful. Great for beginners!!!!

Orinthia Swindell Jun 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I had my first guitar lesson today and it was everything that I imagined it would be. Mike was very patient, kind and encouraging. Just what a first time student would want and need!

Nadine E. May 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Meeting Mike for the first time is like visiting an old friend. My initial session was both engaging and very informative. Mike exudes a great passion for the arts. During the session, he was insightful in terms of identifying areas I need to improve upon. He assessed my skills level, then providing the necessary tools to assist and guide me through the process. By the end of the session, I was encouraged and motivated to learn more. Thanks Mike!

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Hugo F. Mar 17, 2015
Guitar · In home

great teacher, smart, enthusiastic, and knows his intrument

John S. Sep 30, 2014
Guitar · In home

Mike's a great teacher and a great guy. He has the rare combination of a ton of knowledge and a lot of patience.

Ramona R. Jun 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Mike you are awesome. I have learned different techniques both strumming and finger picking. An easy going teacher who is dedicated to his students and music. Always breaks down the music and gives options in chords, strumming and picking. Thanks.

Skyler R. Feb 27, 2014
Guitar ·

Awesome teacher!

Mike is engaging and wonderful to work with. He is task oriented. After just a month I have learned chords to three different songs and can perform two of them. He does not shy away from different music. He allows you to take your time and always has various techniques of showing you how to learn the instrument. His time is flexible and works with your schedule as well.

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Chuck B. May 3, 2013
Guitar ·

Great Instructor!

I have taken lessons with a lot of different teachers for a lot of years, and Mike is the best teacher that I have ever had by far. He teaches me the stuff that I want to learn, and he keeps the instruction interesting and fresh. He is available in case I need to contact him with a specific question ouside the lesson. He is a fantastic teacher!

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David S. Feb 18, 2013
Guitar ·

Mike B- Fantastic Teacher

My son Jayden just completed his first lesson in home with Mike and we are both overjoyed with his approach and ability. He communicated with me all along before the lesson, letting me know what he would bring and wanting to know what Jay was like. He spent time getting to know Jay before they worked on some things in lesson 1. He really is down to earth , kind and overall proffesional with his lesson. We feel blessed to have this kind of person teaching guitar to a zealous learner.

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Dorian W. Dec 26, 2012
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Mike B is awesome!

Mike B. has been working with my 9 year old daughter for about 4 weeks and he is great! He takes the time to make sure she understands what is she doing but does it in a fun way where she doesn't lose interest. He is also allows her to participate in her learning plans by letting him know what songs she likes and he incorporates them into her learning. Overall I think Mike is an excellence and professional instructor.

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Mikesh M. Oct 4, 2012
Guitar ·

A very talented artist and teacher!

Mike is an amazingly talented artist. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about music. As a teacher he understood what I needed and where I was lacking and was able to help me grow musically and learn quickly. Unfortunately I moved to LA. I wish I still lived in NY so I could continue taking lessons with him.

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samuel K. Sep 12, 2012
Guitar ·

excellent teacher

I have been a student of Mike and he is an incredible teacher. He is honest about your progress and very motivating at times of difficulty. Many guitar teachers that I have had in the past were boring and dull but Mike keeps his classes exciting with his Enthusiasm and positive attitude. Mike has forever widened my interest in guitar and music.

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