SideBenjamin Shepherd began a private studio in Longview, TX in 2012.  In addition to taking private students, he is teaching guitar as adjunct-faculty at LeTourneau University, on invitation of the professor of worship arts, Dr. Mark Jonah.  Previously, he held an adjunct-faculty position at the University of Alaska beginning in 2010 on invitation of the guitar program director, Dr. Roland Stearns.  He also served as a guitar adjudicator for the state solo and ensemble competitions.

Benjamin completed his BM degree in Performance under University of North Texas guitar professor and Guitar Foundation of America board director, Tom Johnson.  In addition, Ben studied lute under early music scholar, conductor, and NAXOS artist, Dr. Lyle Nordstrom.

After completing his degree, Ben worked in Dallas, TX for several years with (Hal Leonard) helping develop software to one of the first interactive music and notation programs.  He performed solo literature at different public events and venues including NARM and NAMM conventions in New York and Las Vegas, a concerto performance with members of the Shreveport Symphony in Louisiana, several festivals, musicals, master classes, churches, schools, and other organizations.

Currently, Benjamin is providing guitar instruction to the surrounding area of east Texas, and performing.