Benjamin Schnake Music Lessons

Benjamin Schnake Music Lessons

5.0 (3)
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About this pro

I've recently received a MM in Jazz Studies from NYU on February 2019 and I've been working there as an adjunct guitar instructor. I also have a BM in Composition and Arrangements major, with over 15 years of experience playing in bands of different music styles, and I've been a private music teacher and also have taught in music workshops over the last 10 years. 

You can customize lessons according to your interest in different genres, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Latin, and we can work in any song that you like. From beginner to advanced, I will teach you how to develop a broad understanding and love for music, with focus towards your personal goals, from playing written music to improvisation, playing solo and/or in groups. 

I love teaching and sharing the love for music with others. As much as I love playing, writing music and performing live, I love teaching to every single person the gift of music. Being able to bring some light and joy to other person by playing music is a gift for myself too. 

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Brooklyn, NY 11237
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3 Reviews


  • Davis Looney

    Ben was fun to work with, and he always had good suggestions for drills, songs to play, and new ways to get better at guitar. Would recommend!

  • Jonny C.

    Benjamin was very professional, friendly and helpful. I was able to improve my playing a lot, and the lessons were really fun. I totally recommend him.

  • Rishabh Periwal

    A great teacher who makes learning the instrument an enjoyable experience

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

We talk about the goals you have towards music, and I plan the lesson towards those goals, including your favorite music/songs to learn. 

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

M.M. in Jazz Studies, New York University (Graduated 2019)

B.M. in Composition and Arranging, ARCIS University, Chile (Graduated 2012)

How did you get started teaching?

I started giving in-home private lessons to high school students and kids while I was finishing my undergraduate studies. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All, from little kids of 7 years old to 75 year old people, in all levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. 

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

Find a teacher that clicks with you, someone that you feel that will guide you to reach out your goals, and that you feel comfortable with. 

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

What do I love about music?

What kind of music/songs/pieces I want to learn?

Do I want to learn music theory?