Ben Prentice is a guitarist, pianist, composer and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area, currently based in Denton, TX. Ben finds great joy and freedom of self-expression through the improvised art-form of jazz and he hopes to share this joy with others through his performing, composing and teaching. Ben has had the privilege to perform with luminaries such as Bob Moses, Bruce Forman, Randy Vincent and Bennett Friedman. Ben is also an experienced private instructor of guitar and piano, with students of various levels, across multiple continents. 

Ben was first introduced to the guitar by his father at the age of 12. Guitar quickly became a passion for Ben and he progressed quickly on the instrument. Ben found his true calling in jazz at the age of 14, when he began his studies with world-renowned jazz guitarist, Randy Vincent. Around this same time, Ben also began his studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, studying under tenor saxophonist and bay area legend, Bennett Friedman. During his time at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Ben had the opportunity to play with the college ensembles numerous times at both the Reno Jazz and Cal State East Bay Jazz Festivals, receiving multiple outstanding musicianship awards on both guitar and piano. 

Ben went on to attend Berklee College of Music on scholarship, graduating summa cum laude with a BA in Jazz Composition. While at Berklee, Ben studied guitar with Sheryl Bailey, Bret Willmott and Bruce Bartlett, as well as composition with Greg Hopkins, Ayn Inserto, Bob Pilkington and Dick Lowell. Ben spent another year in Boston, pursuing graduate studies in Jazz Composition at New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Ken Schaphorst, Bob Moses, and Jerry Bergonzi, as well as working as a TA for Ran Blake.

After 4 years in Boston studying composition, Ben decided to shift his focus back to jazz performance and transferred to the University of North Texas, where he is currently pursuing his MM in Jazz Guitar Performance. During his time at UNT, Ben has had the opportunity to study guitar with Dr. Davy Mooney, play in some of UNT’s premier ensembles, as well as direct the L5 Guitar Ensemble.