Ben Crowder Music Lessons

Ben Crowder Music Lessons

5.0 (12)
4 hires on
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

As a passionate educator with 6 years of experience teaching private lessons online and in-studio, my primary goal is to meet each student where thay are musically and help them achieve their goals. I work to form lasting connections with everyone I work with; these connections help to foster a safe and friendly environment where students are able to be themselves and make mistakes without fear of being judged. I strive to help students gain the skills they need to play the music they are intrinsically passionate about.

My experience as a professional musician, composer and arranger over the last 10 years has given me many opportunities to develop my skills in Musescore, which is a music notation software. These skills, along with my music theory knowledge and ear training, allows me to create sheet music from recordings with relative ease. Over the years, students have made many requests for songs they would like to learn, and I have transcribed and notated songs like the Super Mario Brothers Theme, Star Wars themes (Main Theme, Darth Vader Theme, Cantina Song), Christmas songs (Ode to Joy, Jingle Bells, Deck The Halls, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night), the Pink Panther Theme, Wellerman Sea Shanty, music from Zelda and other video games, and popular songs from Bruno Mars, Redbone, Stevie Wonder, and more. Students often ask me to learn songs that I have never heard before, and are impressed when I am able to figure out melodies and harmonies on the spot.

In addition to my teaching experience, I have a BA in Psychology with a Music Minor from the Ohio State University (2017) and a MM (Master of Music) with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2021). I currently work as an Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Xavier University in Cincinnati, am an M1 Certified Instructor at Musicologie Anderson, and a Department Leader at West Chester Academy.

I have been incredibly passionate about music for as long as I can remember. It has always been one of the biggest aspects of my life. There are few things in life more satisfying than watching a lightbulb go on in a student's eyes when a musical concept "clicks" for them. Witnessing a student's progression from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced makes me feel that I am truly making a difference in the world, one person at a time. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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Brooklyn, NY 11226
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12 Reviews


  • Amanda Reid

    Ben did a fantastic job working with my 6th grade son. Ben was patient, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. He consistently gave constructive feedback, was responsive, and reliable. If I am ever looking for trombone lessons for my son again he will certainly be the first person I contact.

  • Sebastian Serna

    This guy makes the lessons super easy, but more important he is not the kind of person who makes you feel like you’re less because you don’t know anything, instead he motivates you to keep learning and to actually like the instrument that you’re playing

  • Tommy Londono

    Very fun and a great teacher

  • Shannon Kapp

    My daughter plays trombone and learned a great deal from Ben. He has a great approach, setting a good level of expectations but approaching the student with a calm, gentle demeanor. My daughter's proficiency and confidence grew tremendously with Ben's instruction.

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

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!

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

I have a degree in Psychology and Music from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from the Cincinnti College-Conservatory of Music. I am currently an Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Xavier University, a Department Leader at West Chester Academy, and an M1 Certified Instructor at Musicologie Anderson. I have been teaching private lessons in-studio for 6 years.

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


$30 per half hour
$60 per hour

In Person (You come to me):

$35 per half hour 
$70 per hour 

In Home (I come to you):

Same rate as in person, plus commute time (rate will depend on travel time) 

Rate is flexible depending on the student's needs!

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching while a student at Ohio State University by working band camps in 2016 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. For a short time, I taught private trombone and euphonium lessons at Teays Valley High School in Ashville, Ohio

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. Shortly after moving to Cincinnati in 2019 for my masters degree, I was hired to teach guitar and brass at West Chester Academy and Anderson Music Workshop (which became Musicologie Anderson in 2021), where I currently work. During my time at CCM, I led an undergraduate student jazz combo, in addition to leading my own groups.

After graduating with my masters degree, I was hired to teach trombone at Xavier University, and am currently employed there as well. I have several private students outside of these three places as well.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 4 and as old as 70.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

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!

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

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

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? Think about music from the following contexts:

Video Games
Tv Shows
The radio
Any other areas that resonate with you?