Nick Behnan Guitar Lessons

Nick Behnan Guitar Lessons

5.0 (3)
2 hires on
1 employee
21 years in business

About this pro

I'm a full time musician, session player, producer and songwriter living in the Detroit/down river area. I've played for several legendary artists like Motown icon Martha Reeves, and I was the lead guitarist for the nationally broadcast tribute to Aretha Franklin (the concert that changed Chene Park to Aretha Franklin Park). 

I play lead guitar for a touring funk, rock and soul band The Infatuations ( who have received over 12 Detroit Music Awards including outstanding live performance, outstanding rock/pop group, and outstanding urban/funk songwriters.  I'm also a guitarist and co-writer in the Detroit based rock quartet The Lows ( Im the resident guitarist for Grammy winning gospel artist J Moss at Living Waters Church in Detroit on Sunday mornings. In 2019 I was the guitarist for a touring production called "Pride & Joy, The Marvin Gaye Musical". I play all genres of music from rock and blues to gospel and Motown to country and metal. 

I also own a music licensing and custom composition company called JIVA Music, LLC (  We have music featured on various TV shows and films including placements on MTV, Vh1, NBC, Nat Geo, NBC, Fox Sports, Hulu, Netflix, Bravo network and many others. I also co-wrote and produce various solo artists in the Detroit area so I have years of industry songwriting, performing and studio recording experience as well that I can share and pass on to my students. 

I have a degree from Michigan State University and have been teaching guitar privately for over 15 years.

I have several students that would be happy to speak to you as a reference for me. Just email me and ask for a reference list.

I am a very patient teacher, and I enjoy working with students of all ages and skill levels as long as they have the willingness to learn. 

I have a unique ability to explain the fundamental concepts and techniques of music in a clear easy to understand manor.

I have an excellent track record for student success! 


Music has always been at the core of my life ever since I started piano lessons at age 8.  I'm very blessed that I earn a living doing what I love. 

I love to inspire new musicians and the next generation of artists.  Whether its an adult with a life long dream, or a child who wants a long career with music I love inspiring and helping people reach their goals.  

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Flat Rock, MI 48134
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3 Reviews


  • Peredur Jones

    He is good at teaching the most novice of guitar players.

  • Grant Gort


  • Mark Watson

    I have been taking lessons with Nick for several years. I started out with some experience and a good deal of bad habits. We started off relearning the basics and improving technique. We have covered a great deal of music theory scales, modes, and song structure. He is able to teach a full range of students from very beginner to advanced players of all ages. There is always something new to learn. Lessons are both fun and challenging.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I typically start by assessing where the student is at both from a skill level and music knowlodge perspective.  And then we work together to develop a game plan that will align with the students goals.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

over 30 years experience as a musician.  I began taking classical piano lessons at the age of 8.  Started recording and performing original music at age 15.  Studied music performance and education at Michigan State University at age 18-21.  And have been performing, teaching, recording, and publishing my own music ever since.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes I charge 25 per half hour lesson, and then this price is adjusted for 45 minute or hour lessons.  

How did you get started teaching?

I actually started teaching privately while attending Michigan State University around 2001 and discovered I have a unique talent at teaching and mentoring people musically, and I'm able to help people see noticable results quickly.  

What types of students have you worked with?

all ages, all levels.  Ive had lo term students from age 5 to 85.  Ive also taken on several intermediate students who have been taking lessons for a while somewhere else but not showing much improvement.  And I've pretty much always been successful as long as the student really wants to learn.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Opening up for the legendary Sheila E at Chene Park in Detroit! 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

To meet with him/her and see how it goes.  You never really know how you will connect with a teacher until you meet each other.  Usually its obvious from the start if its a match.  

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What their goals are, and how much they are willing to dedicate to it both from a time and energy standpoint.