Ryan Benthall

Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO
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Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2013

Ryan is a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. He has finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and has been giving private lessons since 2012. Ryan has participated in multiple STL groups and performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. He performs a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. Ryan participates in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. In his lessons, Ryan gives students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!

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Dec 2014 - Present
STL Big Band

Perform 1920's-1950's swing era jazz to moderns.

Music Teacher
May 2013 - Jun 2014
Zarkie Music

Taught private Piano and Vocal lessons.


Fine Arts in Music
Aug 2011 - Jul 2013
STLCC Meramec

Photos & Videos

Photo by Ryan B.

performance @ Venice Cafe

Playing Blues keyboard at Broadway Oyster Bar
Performing piano with the STL Big Band quartet.
My band SpaceShip performing @ Foam STL
An instrumental progressive rock band that I have been apart of for over seven years
performing with vocal student Meagan in the studio!
Meghan singing "Let Her Go" by Passenger, vocal lesson performance
Photo by Ryan B.
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37 Reviews

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A'lia B. Jul 5, 2017
Singing · In home

It was great!

William H. Jul 3, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ryan has a passion for music and he does all he can to help me on my journey to become a musician. I appreciate his input in playing jazz music and how to practice technique. He's helped me look at playing piano in a whole new perspective.

Kristin May 20, 2017
Piano · In home

Ryan is extremely patient, prompt, and knowledgeable

Ellie Mar 9, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Ryan was very patient, sweet and fun with my 4 year old daughter! I'm excited for her...she's going to have fun with Ryan!

Seth Mar 6, 2017
Piano · In home

Ryan is an excellent teacher and his passion for music is infectious! He is really helping me progress much faster than I ever could on my own. I have been impressed with his knowledge and ability to instruct me in the specific practice techniques to improve my playing.

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Brad Mar 6, 2017
Piano · In home

Ryan is great and patient with my son. In a relatively short time he now has my 10 year old playing, and excited about, the piano. Thanks Ryan!

AshLeah D. Feb 24, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Ryan was awesome! He taught my daughter about the parts of the guitar, helped her tune it, and showed her the many ways of how to pluck the strings. I would recommend him to a friend.

Rachel Dec 10, 2016
Piano · In studio

I've had several lessons with Ryan so far and have gotten a lot out of them. Ryan is very knowledgeable and makes his students feel comfortable while learning new skills.

Antonio J. Dec 5, 2016
Singing · In home

Ryan is definitely a well informed, awesome instructor! So glad that I'm able to learn from him. He knows his stuff.

Matt Nov 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great first lesson

Freedom W. Nov 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

I am just so grateful and excited. Good vibes! It's obvious that he knows what he is doing yet still allowing himself to grow in his craft. I just can't wait to bring the music in my head and heart to life. I am confident that Ryan will help me get there. I feel like we are supporting each other. Looking forward to our next lesson and I can't wait to compose my first song!

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Rebekah W. Nov 4, 2016
Singing · In home

Ryan is great! He knows what he's talking about and wants to make sure you understand everything that goes into what you're working on. I'm so glad I found him!

Jay Oct 27, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great teacher, great person.

Liz Millis Oct 2, 2016
Ukulele · In home

First lesson. Very nice. Ryan is quite amenable to different music styles and knowledgeable about music theory.

Michael D. Aug 13, 2016
Singing · In studio

I think he will be a great teacher. Very knowledgable in the area of music.

Ryan Jun 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Good first lesson!

Zach Apr 21, 2016
Singing · In studio

I've had a great experience with Ryan. In 5 sessions he has greatly improved my singing abilities. He's taught me some old blues music as well as some modern rock, so he can apply his lessons to a wide variety of genres. A great teacher for people of all ages.

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Serenity P. Apr 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

Had a great lesson with my young daughter

Autumn K. Apr 13, 2016
Singing · In studio

He is awesome

Josh D. Mar 8, 2016
Piano · In home

Ryan explains on my child's level so that he can understand. He also goes through his everyday lessons and challenges him to put his own spin and be creative with them as well.

Kim Mar 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Ryan is a very talented musician. I am in my fifties and not musical but somehow, I'm learning how to play the ukulele. He puts specific moves in context and adapts to my preferences. I am very pleased with my progress and would recommend Ryan to others.

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Marrisa H. Feb 13, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

He's an excellent teacher, I learned so much from our first lesson.

Amber Bradley Dec 16, 2015
Piano · In home

Ryan is an excellent piano instructor, he is very intuitive when it comes to building a foundation off of your knowledge (which mine was very limited) and assigned activities that were at my level. His love of music is very apparent, which made the lessons very enjoyable. He was great to work with!

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Meghan Nov 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

I have had 3 lessons with Ryan, and so far, it has been a great experience. He has TONS of information to share - about music theory as well as about the actual playing/music reading/tempo/whatever. He continually adjusts to my level and needs, as he gets to know me and as I learn more, which I think is key for being a good teacher (no pun intended!). I am not exaggerating when I say that I have learned a lot in the last three weeks - I can already see marked improvement in my skill and understanding. I'm looking forward to more lessons!

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Ryan Thier Nov 15, 2015
Piano · In studio

Ryan's a great teacher who makes piano fun and genuinely cares about his students' progress. Helps students achieve their goals and also imparts his own wisdom and experience. Great instructor for students of all levels.

Brad B. Nov 15, 2015
Singing · In studio

I have just started taking singing lessons with Ryan, but I am looking forward to continuing. He is clearly very talented, but more importantly, he is very positive and an excellent communicator of ideas. As a totally untrained singer, I really appreciate his patience and his encouragement. Highly recommended.

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Nathan Nov 15, 2015
Piano · In home

Ryan scheduled Nathan's first lesson on late notice and it was a very good lesson. Ryan took time getting to know Nathan and what he's interested in so he could find out what music they will be working on together. Nathan liked Ryan right away and is looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Ryan.

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Sarah R. Oct 25, 2015
Singing · In studio

Ryan is great! He really listens to what your goals are and helps you to achieve them! Lessons are fun and very relaxed! I have definitely improved my singing abilities from learning a lot in my lessons with Ryan!

Kevin Sep 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great enthusiasm, great pace, great teacher so far! Would recommend to any age trying to learn, kids or adults

Robin L. Sep 7, 2015
Piano · In studio

Ryan's love of music is infectious and extends to his teaching. He did an excellent job of teaching to my son's interests and skills. Our goal was to reignite my son's interested in playing the piano and Ryan accomplished this. I highly recommend him if you are looking for an adaptable, energetic teacher for your child.

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Sean Dougherty Aug 27, 2015
Singing · In home

Excellent teacher, very passionate about music in the purest sense. Listens, and works with you to develop your skills in a way that both of you feel works best.

Britney F. Aug 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

He is very talented and has a passion for music that is infectious. Made learning easy and fun.

Jackson L. Jul 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

Ryan is a great teacher that makes the music accessible to my son. His love of music is obvious and he does a great job of passing that energy on to his students.

Neel B. May 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great introductory lesson.

Ray D. Apr 24, 2015
Singing · In studio

My experience with Ryan as a teacher has been extraordinary. I have been affiliated with music my entire life and I would have to say that all of my previous choir instructors have a passion for music. Ryan's passion for the art of music makes you want to discover your inner passion for the music. He is very enthusiastic about teaching and great at listening for what may help the student excel. The best thing I can say about Ryan is that he is not a hard critic, which makes it that much easier and comfortable to find your voice while working with him. I appreciated his help thus far and hope to continue working with him!

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Lisa O. Jul 30, 2014
Piano · Online

We have enjoyed working with Ryan. He has been really flexible and worked with what my son was interested in playing!

DEANDRE W. Jun 12, 2014
Singing · In studio

I wont bore you with a long review... but Ryan is the best bang for the buck on all of TakeLessons. He makes the lessons fun... not only do you learn about singing, you will learn about yourself. There is not a doubt that we will have a long working relationship.

I wish there were more than 5 stars to give him! Thanks Ryan!

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