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Ben is a phenomenal cello instructor, who is not only extremely skilled, but genuinely a nice person. He is very encouraging and always brings great energy and positivity to every lesson without fail. He incorporate meticulous detail on every aspect of learning cello - from technique to song selections. We are very happy to be working with Ben!Jul 15, 2020
My lessons with Ben have been amazing! Scheduling is easy and flexible, and each lesson is more than worth it’s price. Highly recommend for anyone, no matter your level of proficiency. Ben is always helpful and encouraging, and I have seen major improvement in my playing. His focus is not just on technical skills but also the artistry of playing cello, which has been really helpful as someone who only had experience in ensemble playing rather than solo. Thank you Ben!Jul 13, 2020
Ben is not only a phenomenal cello player, but a gifted teacher as well. And he’s one of the warmest and nicest people you’ll meet. My daughter started taking lessons from him at age 7, and they quickly formed a rapport. Through teaching experience or great instinct, or both, he was able to easily communicate ideas to her that were sometimes subtle or sophisticated. And he did this in a way which kept her engaged and having fun. Her growth as a cello player and a musician was fantastic with Ben. It was only our circumstances that ended her lessons with him, and that was a very sad day! I can’t recommend him enough.Jul 12, 2020
Ben is the best kind of teacher: thoughtful and thorough, patient and kind. He is an outstanding musical artist, and an articulate coach. He always has great suggestions and explanations that are clear, direct and easy to understand. My playing improves after every lesson!Jul 15, 2020
Ben has been an exceptional teacher for the past year that I’ve been working with him. I am an adult student, new to the cello — but have been a lifetime musician (piano and voice). I was looking for a teacher who could meet me where I was musically and gently lead me forward with this newer instrument. Working with Ben is always a positive experience ... he is truly passionate as a musician and eager to impart his passion, without ego. I highly recommend him as a teacher for a cellist of any age or stage!Jul 13, 2020
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My rate is $90 an hour. I offer my students a free trial lesson.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I work with each new student to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and we work together to craft a specific and personally tailored practice plan.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Bachelors of Music- Eastman School of Music Masters of Music- Mannes College of Music Doctorate in Cello Performance-University of Southern California (in progress)