Hi, I'm Andrea Bensmiller and I teach people of all ages and levels to play, sing, and build confidence in their ability to perform and understand music.
I'm a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a dual Bachelors degree in Professional Vocal Performance and Music Business and have been a professional player and singer for 40 years.
I grew up learning to play in church and got my first job in music at 14 playing and singing at wedding ceremonies. Over the course of my life in music, I have worked professionally in film and television composition in Los Angeles, produced tracks for multiple cable television shows and four independent albums as an original artist.
In 2008 I relocated from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and began performing in various venues as a singer and instrumentalist, and my Vegas career continued to grow over the years to include gigs with many local bands and duos. I co-owned two cover bands that performed regularly on the Las Vegas Strip, The VIBE and Cross Country Road. In 2022 I moved to New York and am currently based in the Bronx.
As a teacher, my focus is to create confidence in my students by providing them not only with great skills on their chosen instrument(s), but the desire to perform with others, seek excellence in all that they do, and apply many of the lessons in music to their lives at school, work or play.
Seven past students have been accepted to Las Vegas Academy, and in 2013 my voice/piano student Anna Christine was a featured performer on America's Got Talent, making it to the semi-finals of the show to perform live at Radio City Music Hall.
Music has the power to change paths, create excitement in learning and inspire students, particularly children, into new stages of development, and it's my greatest joy to watch my students succeed and advance in their goals each week.
So let's make some music together!
"My 13 year old was hesitant to begin guitar lessons until he had his first lesson with Andrea! She immediately made him comfortable and taught him basics that first session! Since then, she has continued to build on those basics while keeping it fun and current for him by teaching him to play music that he likes! I completely recommend Andrea to anyone who is looking for private lessons! She is the best!!!"
"Have I mentioned how awesome it is to hear my daughter's voice lessons with Andrea? She just knows how to guide her while singing and work on her vocal challenges. It is no small thing to know your craft and be good at it; and it's a whole other level to be able to assess, knowledgeably instruct and motivate someone else to improve on theirs. And to do it in a video call? There are no words for that!"