TEACHING

Benjamin has been teaching private and group violin, viola and piano students of all levels and ages for over eight years. He has experience teaching students on the autism spectrum and specializes in his own unique individualized variant several methods, including Suzuki, with a focus on tone production, intonation, music theory, creative problem solving regarding technical advancement in intermediate classical students as well as beginning to intermediate instruction in jazz and improvisation on stringed instruments and beginning to intermediate piano. Jazz instruction includes philosophical approaches to groove based bowing, mastering the fingerboard, crafting creative and melodic improvisations and an intensive on music theory and harmony. While he doesn't currently have any composition students, composing and arranging techniques are taught to all advance students and is available for acquiring private composition students. Every lesson, regardless of style, level or instrument, is catered to the specific needs and personality of each individual student, creating a challenging yet positive and encouraging learning environment for all students. Student success includes admission into Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New School of Jazz, USC, Miami Frost, Oberlin, LaGuardia High School, Special Music School, NYSSMA, High School Jazz Academy, ISO, YoungArts Merit Award, and more. 

Benjamin has private violin and piano students through his traveling private studio throughout New York City. He is in the process of initiating a brand new cutting edge after-school music program for budding jazz string students in the greater NYC area that would focus on providing students with unique and progressive skill sets that are rarely taught and that would prepare students for a career in jazz on an instrument that often gets ignored. Please stay tuned for more information. Benjamin is also on the faculty at Greenwich House Music School as a substitute violin and piano instructor, a resident assistant faculty member for Elisabeth Morrow School’s Annual Summer String Festival under the direction of Amelia Gold and a Teaching Artist for Bronx Arts Ensemble. Finally, Benjamin is also available for hire as a touring jazz and improvising string clinician, virtual lessons, as well as a private violin, piano, theory or composition lessons in the greater NYC area.

Private in-home or virtual teaching rates for violin lessons are as follows:

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:

30 min lesson - $40.00

45 min lesson - $50.00

60 min lesson - $60.00

All prices are subject to an increase depending on distance of travel to your home. Please inquire about clinic and workshop rates as well as how to set up virtual lessons via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or Stringmasters.com.

For more information, please view Benjamin's teaching resume below and feel free to contact him anytime at bensutinmusic@gmail.com to set up a 1 hour trial lesson and consultation at a discounted rate of $65 (violin) or $50 (piano, etc). Additionally, if you are interested in joining his Weekly Virtual Jazz Violin Workshops on Zoom (every Wednesday at 4pm EST), please email Benjamin ASAP to get registered, or click here for more information.

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