Ben Paysen offers lessons in his private studio in Berkeley, CA.
If you're looking to improve your band and orchestral percussion, further your classical chops as well as jazz or rock, prepare for solo competitions and college auditions, advance your hand-percussion skills, sight-reading, learning music for the first time or just looking to have some fun, he teaches lessons to students of all ages and levels.
Ben Paysen is a Competition Winner, Concerto Soloist, Recording artist and has performed in numerous festivals across the country.
In 2013, he won the Concerto Competition as a DMA candidate at the Mason Gross School of Music.
Most recently, Ben appears on a "Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas" with the New Haven Symphony as principal percussionist, a Nimbus Alliance Recording.
He is also featured on a 2009 Albany Records recording "A tribute to Chou Wen Chung"
I have taught on Co-Adjunct Faculty in the music theory department and as a lecturer at Rutgers University.
Serving on Faculty at the Wellesley Composer’s Conference I coached compositional techniques performed and recorded new music in for several years.
I have been a guest coach and clinician at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Mills College.
I was resident coach and percussion ensemble director at the El Camino Youth Symphony.
I have also coached the California Youth Symphony percussion section ensemble.
I was the Artist-in-Residence at the San Francisco School of the Arts High school
I was a percussion instructor for the OPUS- San Francisco Symphony youth pilot program throughout the SF unified school district.
I have taught group and private music instruction for over 20 years
If you are interested in lessons, please feel free to contact me for questions about my percussion studio. You may use the contact form below to inquire about rates and availability. I am currently accepting students.