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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Cottage Grove

Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN
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Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN
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Michele M. Minneapolis, MN

As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities find their voice for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can uncover your voice, build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it!

About Michele Denise

As a professional teaching artist and vocal coach, I have been helping students of all ages and abilities "find their voice" for over 20 years. My goal is simple: to give you singing lessons that will change your life forever. You can build unshakable confidence and have fun while learning techniques professional singers take onto the stage and into the studio. And, you can have a great time doing it! Give one lesson a try and if you're not hooked, I will refund 100% of the lesson cost (in cash) at the end of your first lesson. About my vocal lessons/coaching: Most students come into lessons with the same question: "Am I any good? Is there hope for me?" Well, here's the thing... The vast majority of professional vocalists never went to school for singing! Most professional ...

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Linda B. January 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I LOVE Michele. I've had a lot of experience singing and performing over the years, often paid, and I am still learning SO much from her. I expected to dive right into "fixing" my singing problems, but she is really laying a grounded and centered foundation with me. Especially for finding my best voice, not the one I think I "should" have. And relaxing everything about singing. Plus she's just so dang friendly and welcoming!
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Karen G. January 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is a warm and engaging individual who listens to what I want out of my lessons then provides expert coaching. Recaps the lesson at the end so I know what to work on. Lover her style and skill!
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Michael S. January 17, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
I've been training with Michele for the past few months, and it has been quite a unique and rewarding journey so far! Her commitment and desire for her student's progress is strong, and in a short amount of time she has helped me look at and work with my vocal instrument in ways I never have before. Professional, highly skilled and knowledgeable, intuitive, great sense of humor and warm spirit.
Alex M. Saint Paul, MN

I have been writing compositions & songs since the day after I picked up music in early 2002, everything from Barbershop Quartets to chamber orchestral music to progressive rock to film scores.

About Alex

Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals. I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences

Thomas C. Saint Paul, MN

I allow students to be creative and show them how to prepare and notate the music they write

About Tom

A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive. *** Lesson Details *** The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I will play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. ...

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Jennifer M. January 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is wonderful, patient and understanding. My daughter is really enjoying working with him. We are confident that with his guidance and instruction she will reach her goals.
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Barb W. February 10, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Vocal lessons with Tom

Tom is a great teacher. He is very encouraging and gives great advice on how to improve. Without his encouragement I do not think I would have tried out for the community choir. I made it through the audition and am back singing with a great group of people.
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Tricia B. December 10, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing!,

Tom is a great teacher.. I have learned so much from him! I have auditions to be on the voice this jan and he has made me so much better since I started .. I recommend him! He is also such a wonderful person! And has faith in everyone!

Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Nicholas W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Ash S.

Saint Paul, MN
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Rick W. Minneapolis, MN

I've written over 200 original songs, I love to share my process and the songwriting processes of other songwriters...

About Rick

Rick's been teaching Pop Styles Guitar at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis (M-Th) ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota (T.C. and Duluth Campuses) in 2003. He also teaches traveling lessons to students in the south and southwest metro areas. Rick plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional Musical Pit Orchestra and Wedding gig. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA Stories and Musicals, as well as running a Songwriting and Music Theory Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, and a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts. *** Lesson Details *** Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of Ear Training, ...

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John E. October 31, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Rick has been great in writing out (and instructing me how to play) music that I have enjoyed... Really knowledgeable and patient... It was a really good experience.. I would continue, but my schedule has become too cluttered..
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James R. October 14, 2014
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Rick taught our 7-year old son for quite a few months, and did a fantastic job. We were pleased with his energy, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with young people.

We were sad when our son decided that he'd like to take a break from music and play more tennis, but hope that this, his first musical experience, will inspire him to return to it at some later point.

I highly recommend Rick.
Nicholas W. Minneapolis, MN

Teaching basic songwriting is about 3 things, basic proficiency on your instrument, knowing what you want to say, and saying it.

Instruction uses little in the way of textbook based instruction and focuses more on practical music theory and voicing instruction as well as general exercises to jump start the creative process. Will also include discussion and song analysis using everything from The Beatles to Tom Waits to Metallica. Inspiration and insight can come from anywhere.

About Nicholas

EDUCATION New England Conservatory - Music Composition (John Mallia) St. Petersburg State Conservatory N.A. N. Rimsky-Korsakov - Music Composition (Sergei Slonimsky) TEACHING EXPERIENCE Instrumental Music - Riviera Middle School (2006-2011) - St. Petersburg, FL - Private instruction (All winds & brass), music history Instrumental Music - Patel Conservatory (2010-2011) - Tampa, FL - Youth Orchestra Manager, Librarian, Private Instructor (Guitar) Private instruction - Guitar/Mandolin (2006-Present) Tampa, FL & New York, NY Horn (2006-Present) Tampa, FL & New York, NY I am also an accomplished composer and arranger in a variety of styles,

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Jess K. September 18, 2014
Mandolin · In home
Nick is great musician and a fun teacher to work with. He was my mandolin instructor in New York this past year. I'm a professional singer who was looking to pick up a new instrument, and Nick was a great teacher. He has a lot of creative strategies for teaching and working with different learning styles, and is great at letting the student set the tone of the lesson. He's extremely knowledgeable, and more important, his love of music and teaching shines through--his lessons are fun!
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Serena B. September 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Nick is a wonderful teacher. He is patient, encouraging, fun, and knowledgeable. Nick also has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, and understands how to connect with a student's individual needs and wishes. I've made progress on my instrument that wouldn't have been possible with Nick's guidance and advice.

If you're looking for a great guitar teacher, take lessons with Nick!
Ash S. Saint Paul, MN

You do not necessarily need to play an instrument to participate in this area of music. I can interpret your ideas and we can create music.

If you play an instrument we can study many of the finer aspects of songwriting.
Let's explore some of these questions together:

How to build to a chorus?
Learn the relationships between chords and musical key signatures.
Why do some chords and notes sound wrong and some notes sound correct?
How to write a catchy melody?
How to overcome writer's block?
How do you arrange the music so that it has a nice flow?
Almost any genre of music is on the table.
Let's bring out the inner songwriter in you!

About Ash

I am a college educated music instructor from St. Paul. I am also active in the local music scene as a singer/songwriter. I began learning violin when I was 9 years old. When I heard the instrument being demonstrated by a teacher I fell in love with the sound. I taught myself guitar and piano shortly after. I began teaching music on the side back in 2008 to supplement my family. As my business has grown faster than I expected I began to realize my potential as a teacher. I can now say that music instruction is my sole source of employment. My teaching style incorporates learning the building blocks of music. If we can speak the language of music then we can take our study in any direction you desire. If you have a yearning to learn classical violin, we can do that. If ...

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Whether you are a beginner Songwriting student, intermediate Songwriting student, or advanced Songwriting student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Songwriting skills. Your choices for a Cottage Grove Songwriting instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Songwriting instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful ...

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