Ben Hellert - Drum instructor at Lesson With You

Ben Hellert


Degree: M.M. Bowling Green

State University, OH


About Ben

Ben Hellert is a percussionist and music educator based in Central New York. Ben holds a BM in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied percussion with Dr. Karolyn Stonefelt as well as an MM in Percussion Performance from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Dr. Daniel Piccolo. He also holds two certificates from the Keiko Abe Marimba Academy where he studied under and performed alongside legendary marimba virtuoso, Keiko Abe in Tokyo.

Ben has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many well known artists such as SōPercussion, Bernard Woma, Keiko Abe, and Natasha Farny. In 2023 Ben was selected as one of the few percussionists from the United States to perform in the World Percussion Group and in 2022 his duo Bag of Wolves did a residency at the soundSCAPE international composer/performer exchange in Italy. Additionally, he has also performed and lectured on the legacy of Keiko Abe in a recent Ted Talk.

Ben has also served as a private percussion instructor for 10 years and has taught for various in-person and online communities including the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra. He is also an experienced band and general music teacher and currently serves as a full time public school teacher. In his spare time Ben enjoys weight training, martial arts, spending time with his family, and playing drums in Zeppelin V, his Led Zeppelin tribute band.

Education Credentials

  • M.M. in Percussion Performance – Bowling Green State University, OH (2022)
  • B.M. in Music Education – SUNY at Fredonia, NY (2020)

Teaching Philosophy

Students will have the option to study a variety of diverse percussion instruments or choose to focus their time on one main instrument. All students will be exposed to rhythm reading, ear training, a wide variety of genres and styles, basic and advanced technical exercises, as well as commonplace standard repertoire for their instrument of choice.

Performance Videos