Our Instructors

Ben Callies is an instructor for guitar, piano, ukulele, and violin. He has played in a variety of settings and genres, ranging from large orchestras to small jazz combos. His primary focus is on jazz and blues guitar instruction, which he studied with local musician Zacc Harris at Hamline University. Ben has received numerous awards and scholarships for his guitar playing and hopes to pass on the skills he has been fortunate enough to learn to new students.

Ben tailors each lesson to the needs and desires of the students, focusing on improving their experience of music as a whole via their relationship to their instruments. Lessons will focus on topics ranging from improvisation and technique to music theory and note reading. Ben is comfortable teaching all styles of music including rock, pop, jazz, and blues. His goal is to help each student develop a lifelong love of music and to reach the fullest potential on their instruments.