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 entrance into LaGuardia High School, Special Music School, NYSSMA, High School Jazz Academy, ISO, Young Arts Merit Award and more.
Benjamin has private violin and piano students through his traveling private studio throughout New York City. In collaboration with other fellow string teachers, he is in the process of initiating a brand new cutting edge after-school music program for string students in the greater NYC area that would focus on providing students with unique and progressive skill sets that are often left out of such programs. These skills include chamber music, improvisation, creativity, composition, music theory, and more. The program is set to begin in January, 2020. 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 and Skype lessons, as well as a private violin, piano, theory or composition teacher in the greater NYC area.
Private in-home teaching rates are as follows:
30 min lesson - $50.00
45 min lesson - $65.00
60 min lesson - $80.00
90 min lesson - $100.00
All prices are subject to an increase depending on distance of travel to your home. Please inquire about Skype and clinic rates.
For more information, please view his teaching resume below and please feel free to contact Benjamin anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a 1 hour trial lesson and consultation at a discounted rate of $65.00.