“Ben is one of the most important jazz string educators in the field today. His students receive customized, caring attention regarding the skill set of jazz improvisation, as well as supportive pedagogy regarding their string technique. His students win national jazz competitions and are populating jazz conservatory programs...You just can’t get better than that!”
Artistic Director, Bronx Arts Ensemble
Improvising Violist, “Jump Off This Bridge”
"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."
Freshman at NEC, pursuing a BM in Jazz Violin Performance
"Benjamin has been teaching our daughter the violin for several years. He is such an excellent teacher. His attention to his craft as an educator and performer is phenomenal. He is highly professional, caring, and organized and we are so fortunate to have him as her teacher."
New York, NY
"I was blessed to be one of Ben's students. As a teacher, he worried about each of his students. Ben was very supportive, caring, and used our time during the lesson wisely. Learning from Ben was always encouraging and inspirational. He was flexible when it came to preparing me for a last minute occasion when I had to play ten Christmas songs at my school holiday show. In addition to the end-of-semester recitals, Ben prepared me for my middle school graduation performance, and auditions for summer string camp and orchestra. Finally, he was so determined and faithful in getting me into one of my dream high schools, Laguardia, in which I did. I can't thank him enough for everything. If you are looking to seriously play, then Ben is your best option as a private violin teacher. "
"My daughter has made magnificent progress with Ben. She describes his approach as “like a doctor” he fixes all her issues. Her concept and understanding of the jazz violin vernacular has grown exponentially in a matter of a few months."
"As an adult who has decided to take up playing violin after many years of not playing much at all, I have found Ben to be a talented, patient & encouraging violin instructor, who makes the lessons enjoyable too! "
"When I decided that I really wanted to pursue Jazz music on the violin I was fortunate enough to meet Ben Sutin. Not only is he a great teacher and player, but he is a humble and kind human being. I've studied with Ben for many years and over the course of that time I have learned so much that I can actually apply to college fully confident that I can get a degree as a legitimate jazz musician even though I play the violin."
Student at SMS and has won runner-up and merit jazz awards from National YoungArts Foundation