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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats

"Together, we will design lessons that keep you moving in the direction of your musical goals, at a pace that's right for you." - Alan Bennett

As a music instructor/coach, Real Actual Founder/Owner, Alan Bennett works with beginners and professionals ranging from amateurs and enthusiasts to established and emerging recording artists, singers, songwriters, bands and touring and studio musicians. He is a faculty member of The National Guitar Workshop and WorkshopLive and offers one-one-one sessions, in-person and online. All sessions are customized to meet your particular needs and learning style. Whether you're looking for help with playing guitar, singing, songwriting, understanding and applying music theory, composing, improvising, performing live, recording in the studio, self-promoting or navigating through the music world, one-on-one sessions with Alan, IN-PERSON or ONLINE, will give you the tools that you need to become more proficient when inspiration strikes and better-prepared when opportunity knocks.

Now, learn online with sessions via Skype and FaceTime!

Services Include: Instrument Training*, Vocal Training/Coaching**, Music Theory, Composition/Songwriting, Performance/Studio Training and Career Coaching/Strategy and the Nashville Number System.

*Learn what YOU want to learn, improve your skills with music theory and ear training, and express yourself through improvisation.
**Cultivate your natural singing voice, learn techniques for proper tone and tongue placement, vowel shaping, breath support and visualization.


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For more information including a FREE 15-minute consultation, call, text or email, now: 646-831-9090 | lessons [at] realactual.com.

Founder/Owner/Instructor, Alan Bennett



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ALAN BENNETT is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer from Stony Brook, Long Island, New York.

As a studio and touring musician, Bennett has worked with a long list of artists including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award-winner, Leon Russell, having sung background harmony vocals on his 2007 record release, "Angel In Disguise."

As a singer/songwriter, Alan has appeared on radio and television stations and at premier music venues across the U.S., released four independent records, and has been a regular performer at New York's The Bitter End, CBGB's, Wetlands Preserve, The Living Room and Mercury Lounge and Nashville's The Basement, The Bluebird Cafe, Mercy Lounge, 12th & Porter and The Listening Room.

As a songwriter, he has scored more than one hundred (100) cuts including single and music video releases on projects with a very wide range of recording acts. [ Listen to a sampling on SoundCloud ]


As a writer/producer, Bennett has worked on projects with Haden Carpenter (Big Smo, A&E), Amy Wilcox (Crazy Hearts: Nashville, A&E), Tara O'Grady (cable television show and film in-development), Sam Hunter, The Worsties, The Wailin' Canes, Ben Cyllus and The LiNE (Hailey Steele and Leland Grant), and has enjoyed fourteen (14) song synchs on primetime network and cable television stations including FOX (The Good Guys), MTV (Real World), A&E (Crazy Hearts: Nashville) and Oxygen (Bad Girls Club). [ Listen to a sampling on SoundCloud ]

Alan's music licensing venture, Real Actual has yielded forty (40) synchs on primetime network and cable television stations including FX (The Comedians), FOX (The Good Guys), NBC (The Firm), USA (Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe - USA Original Movie), MTV (Real World), A&E (Crazy Hearts: Nashville), Oxygen (Bad Girls Club) and AMC/SundanceTV (Rectify) with more scheduled for 2015. [ Listen to a sampling on SoundCloud ]

As a music professional, while in New York City (1996-2004), he spent four years working at Sony Music Entertainment. While his entry job was keeping track of record producers, engineers, mixers and remixers worldwide for Sony's head of A&R, music legend, Peter Asher, he worked on many projects for Columbia Records, Epic Records, Sony Classical, Legacy Recordings, Word and C2 with executives in the A&R, international, promotion, business affairs and legal departments responsible for launching and guiding some of music's biggest recording artists including: Bob Dylan; Barbra Streisand; Tony Bennett; Harry Connick, Jr.; Maxwell; The Neville Brothers; Billy Joel; Bruce Springsteen; Pink Floyd; Mariah Carey; Jennifer Lopez; Marc Anthony; Destiny's Child; Beyonce; Kelly Rowland; Jessica Simpson; Jeff Buckley; John Mayer; Train and Five For Fighting.

As a music instructor/coach, Alan works with emerging bands, singers and songwriters and is a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop and WorkshopLive.

Alan Bennett is a BMI writer, and his songs are published and administered by Over The Bush Music (BMI). For licensing inquiries, visit the contact us page.

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