Bennett Daponte-Smith is a Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist who has taught music since 2015. A recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt's jazz performance program and a student in Manhattan School of Music's Master's program, he plays and teaches guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, and bass. Additionally, he is a composer and songwriter and has an advanced knowledge of music theory. He has played in countless musical settings, including jazz groups, orchestras, classical competitions, wedding bands, and with singer-songwriters. If you are looking for a young, vibrant teacher to make you into a better musician, guitarist, pianist, bassist, drummer, or trumpeter, do not hesitate!
I love playing music of all kinds and I strive to do it at the highest possible level. While my passion is jazz music, I grew up listening to all kinds of music - Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, and many others. I believe that music is a great way to communicate with others and to convey feelings that we can't put into words.
I've been taking guitar lessons with Bennett for almost ten months. His instructions and feedback are always clear, and he's very personable, as well! I highly recommend.
Bennett is a fabulous teacher! He was so easy to get along with and he made playing guitar fun. I've gotten so much better since I started taking lessons with him. I can't recommend him enough!
Regardless of skill level, I will focus on the fundamental techniques of playing your instrument, whether that is correct picking position on the guitar, hand posture on the piano, or embochure on the trumpet. However, we will also have a fun time and you will be constantly be playing the type of music that you love and enjoy performing.
Electric Guitar Lessons Acoustic Guitar Lessons Blues Guitar Lessons Classical Guitar Lessons Classical Piano Lessons Composition Lessons Country Guitar Lessons Drum Lessons Ear Training Lessons Guitar Lessons Music Theory Lessons Music Performance Lessons Piano Lessons Songwriting Classes Trumpet Lessons Synthesizer Lessons