REVIEWS FROM STUDENTS ABOUT MY TEACHING

As a student of piano, both as a child and an adult, and having worked closely with professional musicians over the years as an independent filmmaker, I  can think of no instructor I would recommend more than Steve Benson. He is truly an exemplary teacher. During my childhood, I studied piano under Steve and vividly remember the intensity of his instruction. At the same time, however, I fondly recall the fun he was able to infuse with the piano, especially as pieces took shape in my mind and the resulting confidence that grew out of them. This balance, of course, was not fully realized until I looked back years later and realized not only Steve's innate musical talent, but his ability to communicate it with enthusiasm.

- Chris W


Steve proved to be a very talented keyboard musician, whether at the organ or the piano, and he has a very nice sense of which of those two instruments is more appropriate for a particular piece. Steve is a gifted teacher of singing technique. He worked patiently and persistently with me. Steve taught me a whole new way of breathing while singing, and of envisioning how the human voice produces song, that I believe has made me a much better singer.

- David B.


    My 3 daughters have been students of Mr. Steve Benson for nearly three years now and during that time, I have had ocasion to observe his teaching method, manner and results.

    Mr. Benson is very deliberate and knowledgeable in his method, which at first may seem too slow in producing results, i.e. the student playing recognizable songs. In fact, I myself was skeptical at first since my girls seemed to be learning at a slower rate than their peers studying at different studios. However, in under 2 years, the brilliance of Mr. Benson's way was abundantly apparent. With proper fingering, proper posture, and the proper reading of music notes, time signature and dynamics, my girls can now out-perform all of their contemporaries; and further, they can sit down to a new piece of music with confidence and work it out in no time, even if they have never heard it!

     I myself had taken piano lessons for 5 years beginning in middle school, and I can say Mr. Benson has inspired me, through his influence on my girls, to play again. And, more importantly, I have learned more from his method of teaching than I did in all 5 years of my own lessons put together! ... I have found that Mr. Benson takes the time to get to know each child's personality, so that he can effectively teach each one in the way that that student needs.

     I highly recommend Mr. Steve Benson as a piano teacher and truly appreciate his dedication and professionalism in his method and instruction. I love hearing my girls making music in our home, thanks to Mr. Benson!

- Mary L.