Ben S. Jacob
Musician. Composer. Educator. Aesthetic innovator.

I am currently accepting new music students of all ages in piano, violin, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, voice, music theory, ear training, composition, orchestration, arranging, and conducting. I charge $15 for each half-hour lesson and $20 for each one-hour lesson.

For more information or to enroll in lessons, please contact me via e-mail at

About myself:

I received formal education in music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition degree, and at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where I earned a Master of Music in Composition degree. I have extensive experience performing in a variety of styles, including classical, popular, and several world music traditions. I am able to teach using conventional methods as well as individualized instruction tailored to your unique interests and skills.

Student testimonials:

“Ben Jacob is a gifted instructor. I feel fortunate to have been able to learn from him. His knowledge is extensive and he is able to play and teach an impressive number of instruments. More than that, he is patient and adept at customizing a program for the individual student. Ben was very interested in the music that I wanted to play, and tailored a repertoire just for me. I really wanted to learn to play… songs on guitar, but I also wanted to finally understand music theory. I also have a love of world music. Ben was able to provide instruction in all of these areas, and even made the deeper concepts of [music] theory accessible and fun. I would recommend Ben to anyone wanting to improve their skills or enrich their lives with music. We are lucky to have him in our community.” -- Elizabeth B.

"Ben is really extraordinary when it comes to teaching children music. He is very intuitive and nurturing, while at the same time staying productive and on track. My elementary school-age daughter has been taking violin classes for 6 years with other instructors, and I've never seen her enjoy her lessons as much as she does with Ben. He adapted his style to suit her, and she made wonderful progress during their violin, voice, and piano lessons. He had thoughtful and helpful insights into her music learning style. According to her, "Ben is very kind and generous and even took the extra time to show me his sitar". Ben is a highly qualified, patient, and kind teacher -- a great match for musically-minded kids! " -- Anita S.

"Ben was a perfect match for our two daughters. Because of his affordable pricing, we were able to have him give lessons in composition, violin, and piano several times a week. Our daughters made significant progress. Being two professional musicians, we of course wanted high-quality training for our children, whom we also plan to encourage toward careers in music. Ben has attended, performed, and taught at one of the world's top music conservatories and understands the skills needed to succeed at the highest levels." -- Ranjit P. and Kamila M.-P.

Last updated April 29, 2018
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