LessonswithBenjaminCallan.com

LessonswithBenjaminCallan.com

5.0 (12)
Best of 2019
24 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
27 years in business

About this pro

I spent five nights per week on stage for 25 years singing musical theatre.  I have over 30 years of performance, production, direction, recording, and on stage experience, having performed in literally hundreds of shows.  I studied acting and music at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and have studied with Carol Burnett & Samuel L. Jackson.  I have more than 20 recordings out and own my own recording production studio, with multiple rock/pop/broadway/country albums released. I am also a licensed high school theatre and music teacher.  

As for on stage, I teach focus and relaxation.  I am skilled at stage pesentation and method/emotional based acting & singing.  I play piano, drums, & guitar.  I am an accomplished writer, composer, and public speaker.

My teaching philosophy is passion, performance, comunication based.. skills that will help in any carreer you choose.  

What I enjoy most about teaching is watching the confidence and skill level of my students as they grow.  Those "a-ha" moments, where they have a breakthrough and get that amazed look in their eyes is the best!

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Dallas, TX 75287
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12 Reviews

5.0

  • Tammy Rogers

    My daughter is 12 years old and she needed help with her singing and acting skills in order to audition for a couple of musicals. After working with Ben, she now is a better singer and has been able to get the acting parts in the musicals she wanted. I highly recommend him for lessons.

  • Iyad Jabri

    Very knowledgeable, great at explaining what I need to work on, and overall very nice person.

  • Surya Purimetla

    Great guy, easy to work with. Knows his stuff

  • Rand Nix

    Ben is a consummate professional who really knows his stuff!


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FAQs


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

I tailor my lessons to the needs of the student.  For music, I like to get the student playing right away, since actually playing a song is the fun part.  For acting, I like to start my lessons for new students with the audition process.  How to present yourself well if public speaking is your interest,  and then begin working on a specific performance to increse you skill level.  

Whether you want to increase your audition quality or increase your overall performance skill level, I'm your teacher!!!


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

I have degees in both music and acting from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.  I also studied world music, composition, creative writing, and both digital and analog recording production.  I am a recently certified high school theatre and music teacher, with over 25 years of professional, nightly, onstage performance experience and countless live and studio recordings.  I also have a degree in music production and technology, and own a recording production company, which has produced hundreds of CD's and live shows.


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

$30/hour introductory lesson

$50/hour regular rate 


How did you get started teaching?

After a 25 year, successful performance carreer, I decided it was time to come home and spend time with my family here in the Dallas area.  I actually find teaching as rewarding as being on stage.


What types of students have you worked with?

Adults, teenagers, and kids of all ages.  Most with proffessional aspirations, but many others pursuing performance as a hobby as well.  I have students in Acting, Voice, Piano, Music, Composition, Recording Production, and Public Speaking.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I just went and saw 4 of my students in their high school production of Grease, I've never been so proud.


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

Make certain your teacher inspires you, that's the most important part of it all.  You can work with the coach every week, but how they inspire you to work on your own is what's most important.


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

What they want to accomplish, what is their motivation, and how offten they want to work with their coach, based on their budget and desire.