I love music! I believe everyone is capable of using music as a means of expression, and I am very passionate in my style and delivery. I work as a professional musician in Columbus, Ohio, where I have play in a variety of styles, including jazz, salsa, rock, R&B, and other varieties of pop music. My primary instrument is trombone, and I am also able to teach trumpet and euphonium lessons to a high level.
I play guitar and piano, and can teach these instruments up to an intermediate level. I am also able to give lessons in jazz improvisation and music theory!
I studied music at Ohio State University, where I performed with The OSU Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Studio and many other ensembles offered in the School of Music. In August of 2019, I began my master of music degree at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Ask me anything to know more!
I enjoy seeing students progress! Nothing is more satisfying than seeing an idea or concept click in a student's mind.
I started guitar lessons with Ben with a very limited knowledge of music. One of the first things he said to me was that anybody can learn to play an instrument. Each lesson Ben taught me was accompanied with the mechanics and music theory behind it. Being more on the left-brained side, I appreciated learning that way. I improved quickly over a short period of time, and it was very encouraging. Ben is patient, kind, and an incredibly talented musician. His musical intelligence is bar none. I would absolutely recommend him to everybody.
Great trombone player!!!!! amazing tone and technique!!!!! had to move to Texas with my wife- hope my next teacher is half as good as Benjamin
Ben is such a great musician and person!!! He is very willing to help his students in any way they want to learn, and he's filled with so much knowledge that he's really excited to share with people. Very passionate and talented player, and great at explaining concepts to any age. It will be a treat to study music with him, especially if you're interested in the language of jazz!
Ben is a very patient teacher, fun to work with and amazing knowledge of music. I've learned so much doing guitar lessons for several months and would highly recommend
Typically, depending on the age of the student, I will ask a series of questions or have the student complete a few exercises in order to guage their skill level. From there, I ask the student to create a few specific goals for themselves and then work with them to achieve those goals! It is also important to understand the interests, needs, and personality of each particular student. This allows me to cater to everyone!
I have a degree in Psychology and Music from The Ohio State University and over three years of experience teaching privately and in large groups. As of August 2019, I am attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for a Master of Music specializing in jazz studies.
I typically charge $20 for 30 minutes! That price can be adjusted according to the financial needs of the student.
I started teaching while a student at Ohio State by working band camps with Dublin Jerome High School and New Bremen High School. From there I began teaching privately in Columbus and the surrounding areas through Encore Music Studios in Dublin/Westerville and through Music & Arts in Reynoldsburg. From 2017-2019, I taught guitar, brass and piano at Encore Music Studios in Westerville and Dublin, and from 2018-2019 I taught at Musicologie in Grandview, Ohio and GnG Music in New Albany, Ohio. I am currently living in Cincinnati to pursue a master's degree in music.
I have worked with students of all ages, from elementary school children to adults!
I have recently been performing with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, assisting in their efforts to extend jazz education to Columbus and the surrounding areas. What an experience!
Look for someone who vibes well with your personality! It is also very important to have a goal or set of goals in mind when looking for a teacher. Ask lots of questions!
What would you like to gain by taking lessons? Where do you see yourself musically in the next few years or so? What kind of music would you like to play?