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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Cottage Grove

Diedrich W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Alex M.

Saint Paul, MN
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Diedrich W. Minneapolis, MN

The art of songwriting is a specialty of mine because it's what I've spent the most time with as a musician, whether with my own songs, as a producer, or as a band member. Past students have gone on to record full length CD's of their songs after starting lessons with only lyrics and a burning desire. Other students are preparing for the studio and want help with lyrics, arrangement or singing. There are so many areas within songwriting that need attention and I help with each of these with care and passion.

About Diedrich

I hold a Music and English degree from Hamline University, but that doesn't make me a good teacher. I've played professionally for over 25 years, have taught English as a Second Language, Hockey and Audio Engineering, taught people age 5 to 75, and have taught private music lessons full time in Minneapolis for the past 9 years, but this doesn't make me a good teacher. What makes me a good teacher is that I have an infectious love of music and a passionate commitment to helping people. I do have specialties, like helping singer/songwriters develop their lyrics, arrangements, voice, and performance as well as helping artists get through creativity blocks, stage fright and preparing for studio recording. My experience as a producer, studio musician and audio engineer has ...

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Lindsey S. December 6, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
You really couldn't ask for a better teacher than Diedrich. I've been working with him for about a year on songwriting, singing, and guitar, and have improved so much more than I ever expected. I had no songwriting experience when I started, and with his help, I've gained the skills and confidence to write songs I feel good about. He’s patient, supportive, and genuinely cares about helping you be the best you can be. I always walk away from lessons feeling like I understand something I didn't before. He’s inspiring to learn from. You’d be lucky to have him as a teacher.
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Tara B. September 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I’m a lifetime student and decided to take voice lessons this year. Diedrich has been an amazing teacher. He spends time getting to know the student and learning her goals to create the best plan for her. He’s a great listener and observer which allows him to quickly adapt to the students needs.

No need to look for another teacher in the Twin Cities. If you’re reading this, you've found the best and should book your first lesson now.
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William N. May 13, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
The BEST Guitar Teacher I've EVER had!

Diedrich,
Is a very nice, genuine person, who is honest, straightforward, and knows EXACTLY what he is doing. He is smart, wise, funny, and very charismatic. He makes taking guitar lessons a joy, rather than a chore.

I would recommend Diedrich to anyone pursuing guitar or bass lessons, whether it is for one or two lessons, or for the long term mentoring and instruction, of which he is extremely capable of providing.
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 ...

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Cecilia H. November 28, 2014
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
Michele is awesome and she knows her craft. Her style of teaching puts you at ease where you can train at your best. She will critique your voice, give positive feedback and provide you with corrective techniques to improve. She will even coach you on caring for your voice so you can soar far beyond what you ever thought possible. From my first lesson, I knew I had the perfect instructor.
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n L. September 30, 2014
Jazz Voice · In home
Michele is a true talent and a dedicated music teacher and performer. She is well-experienced in the music business, and has remained positive throughout the years in all of her music endeavors. She's a benevolent and virtuous PRO, and I always look forward to her joyful dedication, in and out of the music room.
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Andrew D. July 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is an awesome teacher. She balances honest feedback with encouragement and support so that you can learn and grow as quickly as possible. She also makes it fun! Lessons are both laid-back and organized. It's so exciting to hear my own progress!

If you're thinking of taking singing lessons, take from Michelle.
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 ...

Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN
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Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Saint Paul, MN
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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.

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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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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!
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Jo-Ann W. May 16, 2013
Clarinet
Verified Student
My music teacher is excellent

I am very glad to have found takelessons.com and connected with Thomas Cross. After a long absence from playing the clarinet, I joined a community band. Mr. Cross is an outstanding music teacher who has helped me to become a better clarinet player. He understands what is needed for me to progress.
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.

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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.
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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