Music education has always been a passionate and integral part of Benjamin's life, growing up with a family owned music school, understanding first-hand the importance of music education from an early age. He has been teaching private and group violin, viola and piano students of all levels and ages for close to ten years now and specializes in his own unique teaching methods, individually crafted to best fit each student, while always focusing on tone production, intonation, phrasing and articulation, music theory, and fun and creative problem solving regarding technical advancement.
While most known and sought for his jazz string teaching, Benjamin also offers lessons for beginning to intermediate classical violin, viola and piano students.
Jazz string instruction, inspired by his studies with the likes of John Blake Jr, Christian Howes, Rob Thomas and Sara Caswell, include comprehensive approaches to groove based bowing, adapting the language of bebop to the violin, mastering the fingerboard through his very own scale method, crafting creative and melodic improvisations steeped in the rich vocabulary and history of jazz, and an intensive on music theory and harmony. All students are encouraged to discover their own unique voice and talents!
Every lesson, regardless of style, level or instrument, is catered to the specific and unique needs, goals, aspirations and personalities of each individual student, creating a challenging yet positive and encouraging learning environment for all students. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the weekly progress, growth and joy emanating from his students. Student success includes admission into New England Conservatory, LaGuardia High School, Special Music School, NYSSMA, High School Jazz Academy, ISO and winners of YoungArts Jazz Award.
Private in-home or virtual teaching rates for all violin lessons (including jazz) are as follows. Please contact regarding temporary discounts offered to new virtual students during Coivd-19 (discounted prices not included below):
30 min lesson - $50.00
45 min lesson - $65.00
60 min lesson - $80.00
90 min lesson - $100.00
Private in-home or virtual teaching rates for piano, theory, or composition lessons are as follows. Please contact regarding temporary discounts offered to new virtual students during Coivd-19 through Dec. 31 2020.
30 min lesson - $40.00
45 min lesson - $50.00
60 min lesson - $60.00
Please inquire about rates for special lesson packages, clinic and workshop rates as well as how to set up virtual lessons via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. All prices are subject to change based on travel distance to your home.
If a lesson needs to be rescheduled in advance of your scheduled time, please contact me directly at your earliest convenience to ensure ease in scheduling and availability. If however, you need to cancel a lesson, please do so with at least 24 hours notice. If a lesson is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, (barring any last minute illnesses or emergencies), please note that a rescheduling fee of $15 will be added to your following payment. Furthermore, if absence is not communicated and I arrive to an empty home or Virtual Meeting, that lesson is expected to still be payed for in full. As teacher, I will hold myself accountable to the same standards of courtesy. In the event of sickness from either party, lessons can still be taught remotely (via Skype, Zoom or FaceTime) if desired. Payments are due at the beginning of each month for the month ahead. If you know in advance you will be away one week, that lesson will be subtracted from your monthly total. Methods of payment accepted include: Venmo, PayPal or Zelle.
Please contact Benjamin at to set up your FREE 45 minute trial/consultation lesson!
"Benjamin Sutin has been one of the most influential musical figures in my life. A dependable mentor who left me inspired after every lesson, he gave me the facilities to navigate a world that sets us (violinists) up for failure. He taught me theory, language, repertoire, and more challenging things like time (management), melodic organization, and much more."
- Jonah Kreitner (Freshman at NEC, pursuing a BM in Jazz Violin Performance)