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Benjamin D In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, R&b, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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Benjamin D In Studio
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Pop, R&b, Musical Theater, Showtunes

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

BA, West Chester University of PA, Theatre (Concentration: Musical Theatre); Minor in Music

Awards:

2013 - Participant - ACTF's National Irene Ryan's Acting Scholarship Competition - Kennedy Center, D.C

2013 - Winner - ACTF's Regional Irene Ryan's Acting Scholarship Competition (Region 2 Best Partner Award)

Overview:

I am a passionate young instructor who loves to share music with new students. I graduated from West Chester University in 2014 with a BA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Music. After graduating, I moved to Center City, Philadelphia - where I continue to teach students today. I have sang all over the world, whether it be through choirs or theatre, and I know the opportunities and the job that musicianship can bring to people. My focus is very much on performing the song with acting as much as it is singing, to create a fully realized performance - this helps musicians better connect with their audience, and strengthens multiple areas of performance.

EXPERIENCE

I started teaching music lessons in college, when one of my Professor's noticed my passion and natural talent for it, though I had always wanted to be a teacher. I originally started college as a Music Education major, but realized that it was not right for me - I wanted one-on-one time with students, and to also follow my love of performance. In the WCU theatre department, I performed duties as Music Director, Assistant Music Director, and more to many productions and benefit concerts - and also assisted one Music Theatre performance class as a temporary teaching assistant. I began teaching students in my free time also, focusing on pop music and strengthening their theatre roots. After college, I opened up my own studio, while also working for In-Home Music Teachers, where I learned to teach younger children. My love for sharing music and making fun, engaging lessons has not died down since!

METHODS USED

My lessons focus heavily on crafting full performances. Students and I will dive into the lyrics of a song, analyzing their original meaning, their subtext, and the meaning that each performer gains from it (not necessarily what the original artist intended). We focus on vocal and physical acting choices that strengthen the message of the song, creating something much more engaging to watch/listen to. We obviously focus on the regular voice lesson topics too - like proper breathing, counting/rhythm, etc. Vocal warm-ups usually start the lesson, with scales and diaphragm exercises - usually done in a fun and engaging method. Tongue twisters are a great warm-up, for example - and seem less "regulated." I believe lessons should be informative but relaxed and fun - otherwise, what's the point? For beginners and young students, there is more focus on musicianship - learning to read/count music, and doing exercises with online help to strengthen ear-training.

LESSON STYLE

My goal is to always tailor my lessons to each individual student's goals and needs. For younger children or beginners, this usually includes basic music counting lessons along with the breathing exercises and rhythmic/vocal work that usually comes with voice lessons. I try to use exercises and techniques that have been helpful to me and others in the past, and support the ideas and focus of each lesson. I always believe learning should be fun and engaging, especially for art - so I make sure to include games and play. I want students to feel relaxed and explore their own musicianship with my guidance. No student learns the same way, or at the same speed, but the journey is the best part.

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