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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Lavon

Matt B.

Dallas, TX
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P.G. B.

Fort Worth, TX
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Wade C.

Dallas, TX
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Matt B. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I love learning, and I love sharing and developing the tools for learning. I began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from ages 14 to the present I have had the experience of studying with some of the most phenomenal teachers of this generation. George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, winner of the 1985 Cliburn Gold Medal have been my most influential teachers. From them, I learned how to learn, how to teach, and how to teach learning, which I believe is the most important skill.

As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, I had my orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, I have given concerts all over the U.S., some parts of Mexico, Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Having become keenly interested in technology and recording engineering, I have produced many CD's for renowned artists, such as Joseph Banowetz, Jose Feghali, Mike Morey, Paul Tuntland Sanchez and Vladimir Ashkenazy. I also worked for two years as the recording engineer for the Fort Worth symphony, where I was exposed to dozens of symphonic scores and new works, and was able to study them while I was preparing the recordings for radio broadcast.

My interests expanded even further when I became interested in the study of memory. I felt that I was still a slower learner, and wanted to counteract this. Having taken up research into the functions of memory and retention, I became a student who, instead of spending 6 months perfecting a Haydn or Beethoven sonata, could learn a monster like the Ravel Trio and perform it in just over a week. It's these methods that I offer to my students, in full confidence that any one of them who applies themselves can, in time, equal and surpass my own efforts.

Anyone with an Xbox will quickly learn that I'm an avid gamer, and I am exploring using games in the fields of epistemology; i.e. using the naturally evolved need for socio-mental stimulation and the non-linear hypotheticals presented in games to affect the individual's study of rational and critical thinking.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is a tool for the discovery of critical thinking as well as art, i.e. an excellent way to ready your mind for nearly all problem solving and learning. Even if you have been a prior music student, I will be able to help you advance your practice technique far beyond its current potential; my methods are original, new, and can be empirically shown to work in no uncertain terms.

I am now a Steinway partner; my students will have twice-yearly opportunities to perform at Steinway Hall, Plano, should they feel ready. These recitals will usually be held during winter or spring breaks.

For younger students, I prefer parental involvement in the lessons. The parent of a student will have more influence on their progress on a weekly basis than I can. They will be asked not only to help the student practice, but to help them practice correctly. The results of this approach can be profound. For these reasons, I ask that the parents follow the student's progress so that they can provide support for the 6 days of the week that I do not get to see the student.

I tailor my curriculum to the student, and their learning habits and interests. I draw from a wide variety of curriculum, as well as sometimes writing original pieces that focus on weak areas that must be quickly developed.

Lastly, the student's input will ALWAYS be heard and carefully considered when choosing pieces for study. The most important part of studying music is the joy of music itself. I do my very best to make sure that lessons and practice are both fun and engaging, as well as productive.

Important Note: Right now I am only teaching classical music for voice. That doesn't mean that I am not willing to supplement lessons with other styles, but classical vocal training and technique is universally applicable and should be the pop or rock vocalist's foundation regardless. Please only sign up for voice with me if you are prepared to study primarily classical repertoire. Broadway songs are also acceptable.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Concert Grand

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will observe you (the student) and find out how you learn best, and tailor lessons accordingly, thereby using your preferred method of learning (aural, visual, or kinesthetic) to strengthen any weaknesses. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.

P.G. B. Fort Worth, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I have been playing guitar for 18 years. I studied music and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Music composition and theory. While living in Nashville for 10 years I worked with Music Row songwriters, publishers and studio musicians. I have produced records for independent artists and currently write music for TV, radio and documentary films with Hummingbird Productions. I live with my wife in Fort Worth and love to teach. Basically, I like to make music and have fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher. After six months of guitar lessons with me you will be able to jam with other musicians. My philosophy is to have fun. I picked up the guitar at age thirteen because I was inspired by Nirvana. I was quickly turned on to Jimi Hendrix, which eventually led to me discovering jazz, classical music and songwriting. Music is a vast world and I believe in teaching songs that the student wants to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in my music studio (in a loft) or in my living room (the music parlor). The loft studio is used to record music for commercials. Seating available. No pets. Bass and electric guitar amplifiers, keyboard, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle, microphones and assortment of audio equipment for recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a guitar tuner and learning materials (books, etc.). If it is electric guitar I can bring a practice amplifier for the lesson. I expect the student to have a guitar and guitar strings for him or her to learn. I also advise a practice amplifier for electric guitar students.

*** Specialties ***
On Guitar: Acoustic & Electric guitar, Rock n' Roll, Blues, Jazz, Improvisation, Merle Travis chicken pickin', slide guitar and music theory. In the world of audio recording, I am well versed in digital recording platforms (DAWs) such as Pro Tools and Logic. I operate Logic from my home studio to write and record music for TV, radio and film.

Wade C. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I absolutely LOVE teaching piano. I use a 'Lab' concept ("Lakewood Piano Lab") and every single lesson is exciting, fun, and effective, both for me and for each student.

I started teaching piano with one student in 1998, and went full time in 2002.

We learn pieces by ear, we learn to read music well (all styles of music), we learn interpretation and musicianship, we learn how to play the piano easily without injury, we improvise, we jam.

Annual spring recitals are optional, and are open to all students.

My studio presents a friendly space for lessons. There is an adjoining, comfortable waiting room for parents, siblings, nannies.

I studied music and piano with Nadine Johnson, Jac Murphy, Dr. William Armstong, Dr. Bruce Lunkley, Dan Hearle, Rich Matteson, North Texas State University (now UNT), Royal Academy of Music, and Tamir Hendleman.

Performing experience includes: accompanying singers like Paul Salos, Breggett Rideaux, and Diana Savage, playing piano for private parties and events, playing in the M Street Quartet at restaurants, "Big D" country music revue and dance, a couple of years with the Balcony Club band "Cheap, Fast, and Easy" and professional church pianist.

"I am committed to learning with students. I am constantly curious what is best for each student. I am so grateful for students who continue studying with me year after year."

Great references and "all questions answered" (much more information) - available anytime.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn Piano with Wade C. Weekly Private Lessons, 30/45/60 minutes.
Group Lessons Available.
All Ages, All Styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
STUDIO: Yamaha acoustic piano, Kohler and Campbell acoustic piano, Roland Keyboard, Yamaha Keyboard, Conga Drums, various percussion, Soft Mozart computer games, Music Ace Deluxe software, marker board, soft conducting batons, space for moving around....

WAITING ROOM: Adjoining to studio, restroom, couch, sofa, table, games, large marker board, WiFi.

*** Specialties ***
[x] Individualized Instruction [x] Great References

*BEGINNERS* We use Keyboard Arts, Soft Mozart, Suzuki. We show parents of younger children how to encourage progress.

*INTERMEDIATE* We play classical and/or pop. We use a 'method' or textbook as needed.

*ADULTS* Beginners, intermediate,recreational, theraputic, jazz, pop, classical.

SIGHT-READING, EAR-SKILLS, IMPROVISATION, THEORY

Thomas S.

Richardson, TX
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Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX
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Ric F.

Arlington, TX
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Thomas S. Richardson, TX

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Hello, I'™m Thomas, but most people call me T. I started taking private drum lessons when I was 6 years old from Lucy Flohr. Ms. Lucy was one of the most influential and important people in my development not only as a drummer but in life as well (she's the lady in my profile picture). I met her at 6, and we'™re still friends 30 years later.
After Lucy I started lessons with professors at UNT (which in those days was NTSU). My glam band, Skin Deep, was getting major record deal offers, but it was 1992 when grunge took over. So under guidance of our attorney we didn'™t sign any offers. With my high hopes deflated and a musically defeated heart I had to make a change. So instead of going to UNT to study music which I had been being groomed to do, I chose to go to Austin and attend UT. I graduated from UT in 1997 with a degree in psychology and decided to move to Los Angeles to follow my dream. My band broke up about a month later, but I formed a new one (Milkweed, which morphed into a blue grass band after I left, now called River Rouge) and got an indy record deal. We released "Milkweed....For Breakfast" on my birthday in 2000, and we did lots of regional touring for the next 3 years. Then I moved back to Dallas and joined JackAcid. We released "Life Through a Crazy Straw" on another independent label and toured regionally for a few years. Next was Crossing Ellum, which was fronted by Matthew JC (Founder of Emmy winning Small Guy Music and œMatthew JC and the All Stars). I spent several years playing with a heavy rock band named Social Jab that unfortunately ended before we released our CD titled S3V3N Years... I currently play in Marquis of Vaudeville.
I started teaching classmates in 7th grade and continued through high school. Then I took a hiatus from teaching with just a student here and there during college and my touring days. Now I'm back to teaching more than I'm playing, and I love it! I believe music is a phenomenal gift to us all in every facet, from listening, to learning, to creating, to performing, and it'™s an honor to be able to share my knowledge and experiences to help others learn to appreciate the blessing of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are catered to each individual student. If you want to learn theory, we will start from the beginning. If you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, then that's what you'll learn. Your personal goals for drumming determine how I teach you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home music room w/ two drum kits (if needed) and seating for parents. Piano, guitars, bass, and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide any manuscript paper necessary for first lesson, then I would expect students to purchase a blank manuscript book along with any books chosen to study.

*** Specialties ***
My lessons are catered to each student's goals.

Carl W. Fort Worth, TX

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring other up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and educational needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.

*** Lesson Details ***
Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles

Ric F. Arlington, TX

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Composition, Film Scoring, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Ric is an award-winning arranger-composer who teaches all subjects relating to music composition including arranging-songwriting & production.

Ric has taught at colleges, universities, conservatories, workshops and teaches privately at his studio and also online worldwide. He also teaches and tutors for various organizations.

Ric holds an MM in composition (completing) and has studied privately with many well-known composer-arrangers. He is also certified to teach Schillinger studies (theory).

Ric is on the Board of Directors for the College Music Society, South Central Chapter (Jazz) and is the author of books and articles which have been endorsed by musicians from American Idol & The Voice.

Ric has students of all ages and styles from beginners – advanced. Recent students includes students from Berklee College of Music and Liberty University.

COMMENT FROM STUDENT: "Hey Ric, I just wanted to let you know that I took my entering placement test over theory today and I knew EVERYTHING on it! I am so thankful for all that you did to help me get where I am! You are such an amazing teacher and I hope to work with you again in the near future. Thank you so much" (D.T. - Berklee College of Music).

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a quiet and comfortable teaching studio. Many of my students are online. I have a very good online system for teaching and have students worldwide.
My basic teaching philosophy is that I teach the student...with the subject. Each student is unique to me.
I allow students to send me materials (via email) before each lesson that I review beforehand so I come to the scheduled less time prepared.
I also have a recording studio that allows students to "hear" as well as see (if it is on paper) their results.
I frequently blog and write articles for other website journals and send out notices to students using various social media.
I use various textbooks and other supplemental materials so that a student has materials that gets them from "A" to "Z" in a measured way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finale
DAW - Reaper
Many other programs used for teaching and recording online.

*** Specialties ***
All subjects related to the Composing and Production of music.

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