Ben Meyer began his guitar journey in Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Music Business from Millikin University in Decatur, IL. From 2012 to 2015, his passion for teaching became inspired by the methodology of Aaron Shearer where he was met by co-authors of the Shearer Method, Alan Hirsh and Thomas Kikta. Before long, the teachings became entwined in his mission to develop guitar education in advancing the program with the addition of new curricula and curating a thriving environment for students, teachers, and schools of the guitar for all ages in Illinois. He became the leading guitar instructor for Richland Community College in Decatur, IL and taught guitar in a thriving private studio, nurturing one-on-one lessons, online lessons, and class guitar for all ages and levels. Following his passion, he studied the Shearer method extensively with Thomas Kikta from 2015 to 2017 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he received a Master of Classic Guitar Performance on a full-time graduate assistant scholarship. Ben serves on the board of the Aaron Shearer Foundation as an active performer, teacher, archivist, and secretary in preserving and educating the legacy of Aaron Shearer's pedagogy. Currently, he teaches online and across the Pittsburgh area as a part-time professor for Duquesne University and other various studios. He performs around the United States and abroad in Paris, France with the United States Guitar Orchestra, small and large ensembles, and solo guitar.
- M.M., Duquesne University
- B.M., Milliken University