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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Los Angeles

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Lucas G.

Los Angeles, CA
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Cory M. Hawthorne, CA

I have been teaching songwriting for 30 years.
I have studied with world class songwriters.
We work on song forms, lyric writing, harmony and melody.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.

About Cory

So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, including Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to ...

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Cory M. April 3, 2013
Music Theory
Cory is an awesome teacher!

I've studied with Cory for 4 years now, and I just want everyone to know what a great teacher Cory is. I've not only developed immensely in my musical skill, but I've also noticed when I'm working with other musicians that my studies have really set me apart from my peers. Cory has an awesome recording studio with all the professional stuff you'd come to expect in a major studio, Protools HD, Logic 9, a great Mic Pre & Compressor, along with an awesome tube Mic for recording great vocals. I've known Cory for 14 years now, and he's a lot of fun to work with and learn from. I've also been to many of his gigs, and I can assure you he's an awesome performer. Glenn
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anita L. April 3, 2013
Guitar
Cory taught my daughter to play guitar when no one else could!

Cory M is a multi-talented sweetheart of a man.
He’s been a great guitar teacher for my daughter, who has gained knowledge of sight reading and classical guitar while learning to play the folk/indie/classic rock she most enjoys. It’s to Cory’s credit that she’s stuck with these lessons through all the other activities she’s taken up and abandoned.
Cory is also a highly skilled performer and recording artist. I’ve enjoyed listening and dancing to his band playing old favorites and original compositions. He creates CDs of his music and records other artists in an impressive-looking home recording studio – and on top of all this, he’s a great cook and a kind-hearted, generous neighbor. We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our community.
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Cory M. April 3, 2013
Piano
I'm a big fan!

I'm a professional musician, and I entrusted both of my sons to Cory M, and have also recommended him widely to my friends......he gave both of my boys a solid foundation in piano, and when my second one chose guitar, the transition was very smooth. They each started when they were 6 - Cory is great with kids that age, and by the time they started in the school bands, they were well prepared to dive right in.
Cory is an actively working musician and composer, which makes it fun for the kids, and gives them a view on how the material they are studying functions in the real world. He also maintains a high quality home studio, opening up the opportunity for students to gain experience in that realm.
I'm a big fan.
Crystal S. Los Angeles, CA

Having written songs all her life, Crystal now coaches beginners through the process of generating their own work. She has done this in individual tutoring sessions, as well as in Rock the Classroom - a songwriting/literacy course for grades 3-6.

About Crystal

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and ...

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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Stacey N. February 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful person and excellent instruction

I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!
Lucas G. Los Angeles, CA

I am a professional songwriter who is signed to a national record label. Check out my projects Grandfather Child and the New Mercies to hear my songwriting styles. Although these projects lean more on rock and RnB, I can teach many different genres.

About Lucas

Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it.

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I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials.

I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc)

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I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/salsa and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production.

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Nicolette Y.

Los Angeles, CA
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Lee W.

Los Angeles, CA
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Drew B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Nicolette Y. Los Angeles, CA

Learn to write songs, find your creative voice in melodies and emulate your favorite songwriters!

About Nicolette

Nicolette has a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology, and a background in both classical violin and bluegrass fiddling. She has taught privately, in camps and schools for over five years, with students of all ages and levels. Nicolette also writes and arranges her own music both for her band, Alto, and other ensembles. In her lessons she encourages ear training, sight reading, and improvisation, to help her students become the most well-rounded musicians they can be! Whether you need basic violin training, help with songwriting, or want to learn to fiddle, Nicolette has the experience and methods to help.

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In lessons you or your child will learn basic classical violin technique side by side with American folk styles including bluegrass fiddling. Important lessons ...

Lee W. Los Angeles, CA

Graduated from the Musicians Institute and released five albums of original material, spanning many genres, such as: Funk, Jazz, Metal, Electronic, Acoustic and Experimental; also, one album of covers, including pieces by Paul Gilbert, Frank Zappa, J.C. Bach, Randy Newman, Bernadette Peters, Parliament, etc.

Recorded with notable artists, as well as new up and comers, such as: Marco Minnemann, Ric Fierabracci, Laura Vall, Morgan Agren, Genevieve Artadi, Paula Stefanini, Jordan Ferreira, James Max Thompson and Raia Braziel!

*I have a vast quantity of examples that demonstrate my work, but unfortunately TakeLessons does not allow links to be posted in the description. I will however attempt to post as many videos, relevant to this and other skills for which I am available to teach.

About Lee

Lee W began taking private lessons in guitar at the age of nine and continued to do so until graduating from the guitar program at The Musicians Institute, which also included classes in recording engineering and mixing/mastering. Throughout those years, he also began taking private lessons in other instruments such as bass, drum and piano.

As a dedicated artist he has released six albums, four of which under his own name and two under his band's name "Rejectionary Art". These albums span stylistically across many genres, including: Jazz, Funk, Metal, Avant-garde, score written for a live theater performance and most recently an album of cover songs with material ranging from J.C. Bach to Frank Zappa. Appearing on Lee's albums are many highly esteemed musicians, ...

Drew B. Los Angeles, CA

I will teach you how to express yourself through music and show you how to create songs you are proud of.

My degree and my experience in teaching people of all types of learning styles qualifies me to teach you the principles of music theory and the chordal and modal vocabularies you need to take your compositions to the next level.

I will increase your chord and progression vocabularies; teach you the concepts of rhythm sets and structure; familiarize you with triads, modes, scales; and show you how to construct melodies, harmonies, and riffs for your songs.

I can also teach you how to compose for other instruments such as drums, bass, vocals, piano, and more.

If you want to take it to the next level, I can teach you how to read sheet music, how to create chords using intervals, and how to identify and transcribe music by sound through ear training.

About Drew

Your progress and enjoyment is my primary concern. You can be sure that you will progress dramatically if you follow my instructions and practice guidelines.

Whether you are a beginning guitar student, a songwriter hoping to enhance their compositions, or a veteran player hoping to hone their skills, I can help you achieve your goals and become the musician you want to be.

If you have been wanting to start a band or simply play with friends, I can also teach you the fundamentals to playing in a group.

Music is fun; practice should not seem like a chore. I make it manageable for you by breaking down the techniques you need to learn into simple exercises that you can apply to the songs you want to learn.

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George C. December 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I’ve been playing for about 10 months now. At first I relied on the many on-line resources available to help you learn the basics, and they were very helpful. But about three months ago I decided that a flesh-and-blood teacher might accelerate my learning curve. There are a lot of them to choose from, but my Internet search led me to Drew, just as yours has.

I've had eight lessons, and I can’t believe the difference it’s made in my progress. In our very first lesson Drew affirmed the work I’d done on his own, but identified the biggest stumbling block that I was having: the action on my guitar was too high. Several experienced guitar players and the salesmen at Guitar Center had failed to catch that, even when I had put the question to them directly. Getting the action lowered by the tech that Drew recommended has made a world of difference. But that’s just the beginning.

Drew has a well thought-out analytical approach to helping you become an independent player. In a few months he’s taken me through the basics of identifying chords in guitar tab notation and reading eighth note and sixteenth note rhythms. He’s helped me a lot to speed up my chord changes, the number one problem for most beginners. I’m well on my way to memorizing the natural notes on the fret board, a task many more advanced players shy away from. And now he’s got me tackling barre and power chords.

When I started with Drew I would never have imagined that I’d already be working on not only making those chords, but changing between them and integrating them into a Beatles song. And I certainly can’t say I've mastered it, but I feel like I’m on the path. This song is a real challenge for me, but Drew’s helped me break it into achievable pieces and analyze how to approach each bit to begin to get it.

Probably the highest compliment I can pay Drew is that when I’m working on my own, I’m already beginning to anticipate what he’d say in a particular situation. “Slow down”… “Never look at the right hand”… “Take it one measure at a time”… “Take it one finger at a time”… When a teacher can get inside your head so fast…that’s a good teacher.
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Daniel S. October 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Drew for a couple of months now and I couldn't say enough good things about him. I tried other teachers before him and there really is no comparison. Not only is he the greatest guy as a person, super supportive and fun - he's also got an incredible way of teaching that is really connecting that dots in a smart way and just makes sense. There isn't a question he can't answer and put into a bigger context for you in simple language, and he seems to have a bottomless treasure chest of super-effective teaching techniques. Because of how knowledgeable he is he seems to take pride in making sure you get more than your money's worth from each lesson, and in completely custom-tailoring it around your needs.
I love the man. Five stars from the bottom of my heart - truly the "best instructor ever". For once you can believe the hype.
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Rachael R. October 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Drew is a great teacher. He's very knowledgeable about all aspects of playing, from theory to technique. Through my lessons, I've been able to overcome hurdles that had been keeping me from progressing. Lessons focus on exactly what you want to learn and are fun and relaxed. He's patient, motivating and super nice. Highly recommended!

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