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Ben Young


Teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language... - Herbie Hancock

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Teaches at:

2007- Bachelor of Music- Berklee College of Music- Major: Professional Music, 2012- Instrumental Music Teacher Certification- Catholic University

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

The Soul Searchers (the continuation of Chuck Brown's first band), Free Lobster Buffet (a 9-piece ska band that blends mostly 1st and 3rd wave ska)

Favorite Bands

Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Louke, Radiohead, Robert Glasper, Calle Real, Parliament, Gretchen Parlato, Gonzalo Grau y la Clave Secreta

Favorite Instruments

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Tres Cubano

Performance Experience

The Soul Searchers, Free Lobster Buffet, Kaleidoscope, Jenee, Rarely Mellow Blues, Terry Marshall, Jess & Ben, The Ben Young Trio, Abby Schaffer, Liz Briones, Donald Tillery, Delandria Mills

Areas of Instruction

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory

Teaching Experience

2014-present- Nancy Brownstein Mobile Teaching, 2002-present- Ben Young Teaching Studio, 2013-2018- Capitol Hill Day School, 2008-2010- The Guitar Shop, 2008-2009- Bach 2 Rock (Bethesda)

Levels Taught


Specialties / Genres Taught

Jazz, Rock, Funk, R&B, Fusion

About Ben Young

Ben Young is a talented and knowledgeable guitarist, educator, composer and multi-instrumentalist who performs and gives lessons regularly, all over the DC area.  Originally from DC, he graduated Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music, and shortly thereafter released his first EP of original music for a jazz quintet, “Ruminations.”  After returning to his hometown, he began teaching private lessons on guitar, as well as piano, bass and ukulele, and performing regularly, not only in and around DC, but also Baltimore and New York.  He has played music spanning a wide variety of genres at venues including: Blues Alley, Jojo, Twin’s Jazz, The Black Cat, Takoma Station,  the Delancey (NYC), Pearl Street Warehouse, Donna’s (Baltimore), the Middle East (Boston), and Columbia Station, as well as performing for private events both solo and with an ensemble.  Some notable artists Ben has collaborated with are the Soul Searchers (the continuation of Chuck Brown’s first band), Terry Marshall, the Ben Young Trio, Kaleidoscope, Donald Tillery, Rarely Mellow Blues, Jess & Ben and Free Lobster Buffet.  He has taught students of all skill levels, from ages 6-65, both in individual and group settings.  His teaching approach is tailored to each student's unique tastes, interests and musical goals, but usually it involves a blend of instrumental technique, ear-training, sight reading and music theory, balanced to fit that particular student.  The best motivation comes from students hearing themselves successfully playing the music they like to listen to, so music of the students’ own choosing forms the backbone of the instruction and other important fundamental skills (technique, reading, theory, ear-training, etc.) are linked to and structured around that.  Whatever the student’s musical interests, tastes and abilities may be, Ben Young can provide insightful support and guidance in helping them achieve their goals.
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