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Ben Hassenger

Ben Hassenger is a teaching artist, with a long songwriting and performing background as well as teaching experience in a variety of environments including; special education, English as a Second Language, international cultural exchange, and child and adult musical instruction in public schools and the community. In addition, he founded and manages the annual Mighty Uke Day festival in Old Town Lansing and Uketoberfest at Interlochen Center for the Arts and is a sought-after performer and instructor at various festivals across the U.S. and Canada. Ben holds a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Michigan State University with a Certificate in Educational Technology. His main instrument for teaching and performing is the ukulele; he finds it accessible, non-intimidating, and easy to learn basic chords and musical elements on. Students with little musical experience and/or special needs can experience near-immediate gratification and joy with the instrument. He enjoys working with students of all ages, levels, and demands. Find out more at:

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