Ben grew up with New York City Guitar School. After studying with NYCGS in camps and lessons, Ben began gigging as a professional musician at 17 and started teaching lessons soon thereafter. Ben has a B.A. from Hampshire College where he studied music composition, guitar performance, and music production. At Hampshire, Ben explored jazz, avant-garde and classical guitar and spent his free time playing in a variety of metal, rock, and punk bands.
Ben believes that the guitar is a creative tool that each person will learn to use a little differently, and his favorite part of teaching is guiding students to reach their own goals with music. Whether it’s helping his students learn their favorite songs, play killer solos or even create their own music, Ben’s favorite part of teaching is guiding students to reach their own goals.
Ben currently plays in the indie-psych band Sterile Herring, where he counts several other NYCGS instructors among his band mates.
Gabrielle is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Bronx. Growing up as a student at New York City Guitar School herself, as a teenager she became an intern here and eventually rose through the ranks to become a full time teacher!
Gabrielle studied Vocal Performance at Hunter College, where she focused on classical and opera, but she has always been writing and performing rock and folk music in her spare time. In addition to voice, she also teaches guitar and Rock Band for Kids and Teens. Although she is a proficient instructor in many genres and instruments, her specialties include all styles of vocals, songwriting, and folk guitar (especially fingerpicking)! She currently fronts the indie rock band War Honey.
Gabrielle aims to make her lessons positive, encouraging and tailored to your interests, and looks forward to helping you meet your musical goals!