Music With Ben
By choosing me as your teacher, you not only get a quality musical education, but you also get a few other things that I'm sure not many other teachers on here will provide.
The biggest thing that I think sets me apart is my organization. With me, you will have a record of your progress and have access to documents and other resources that I often use.
You will also get the benefit of having a teacher that understands not only the instrument and music but the psychology behind learning. Paired with tried and true techniques that music teachers have used for decades as well as methods that I have developed working with as many students as I do.
Able to read music
Student has instrument
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
It really depends on the student's skill level as well as what genre or style they would like to learn.
For students at every level, I always start with a phone or video "interview." This is so I get an idea of what the student wants to learn. We can always choose to skip this but I don't recommend it. This helps me come up with some sort of plan as well as answer any questions you may have.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attended SUNY Fredonia for and received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Before that, I played percussion throughout high school and took private lessons for guitar and bass as early as elementary.
As far as experience goes, I'm currently in two performance groups/bands. I also taught General Music in schools and currently work as an instructor at a studio.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My baseline* is $40 for a 30-minute lesson and $55 for an hour. Group rates may be discussed.
We can also discuss payment plans, whether you’d like to pay weekly, monthly, etc.
*Travel Fees not included. Travel fees are based on travel time.
How did you get started teaching?
Well, I started as a tutor in high school. Maths and science mostly. I really enjoyed helping people learn, but I didn't always enjoy the subjects. It took me a while to realize that I could try teaching music. I applied to college, graduated, got certified to teach in schools, and realized I didn't like teaching like that. I then applied to the studio where I took lessons as a kid and the rest is history.
What types of students have you worked with?
Thanks to my experience working in a school and at the studio where I currently work, I have been able to work with a wide variety of students. From children to retirees and everything in between.
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What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure you like the teacher. If we go into a lesson and neither of us enjoys it, very little learning will get done, no matter how good of a teacher I am or how dedicated of a student you are.