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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Magnolia

John M.

Baytown, TX
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Troy W.

Houston, TX
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Andrew D.

Houston, TX
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John M. Baytown, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, Guitar, History, Language, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Reading, Science, Skateboarding, Songwriting, Trumpet

About Me

I have an associates degree in music and I have been teaching lessons for more than five years now. I also have two years experience as a substitute teacher. As a substitute, I have taught all grades, all subjects, and I have helped out many kinds of students each with their own way of learning.

Besides teaching, I love learning too. Anytime I have a question I immediately start seeking out the answer. Learning never stops!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will be very informative. I have a lot of information to get out all the time. Don't be surprised if something I show you blows your mind. I also like to have fun and I'm sure my students do too. There won't be a boring lesson from me.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my acoustic guitar, picks, and tuner and that's really all they need as well. If they do not have an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar with an amplifier is also fine.

I'll occasionally bring my laptop with me to use some music software to assist in my lessons.

I'll always have pens and paper so I can make notes or diagrams if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in many musical genres including rock, ska, punk, progressive, jazz, folk, and more.

Troy W. Houston, TX

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training

About Me

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Yamaha weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard, area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.

Andrew D. Houston, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, English, Guitar, Reading, Songwriting

About Me

Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. I'm Andrew. Everything I do and have been doing has been geared towards music. I've been in one working/gigging band or other without break for the past 8 years. I began intensely learning to play guitar at the age of 9 and have not stopped. The second I started learning I knew that that was what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and here I am loving every minute of it. I took lessons of my own as a kid, which helped shape me greatly. I then picked up bass at the age of 13.
I've taught personalized lessons for over 4 1/2 years now without a single complaint. At this point in my musical career, the majority of my experience and attitude has come from being "in the field". I've played South By South West, Westheimer Block Party, opened up for bands like the Misfits and Rage Against the Machine, shared the stage with bands like Minus the Bear and Echo and the Bunnymen, and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not!
YOU can be an active musician. If you have the passion and desire. The first step though, is learning your instrument. Learning an instrument is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. It's an unfaltering companion that can benefit you in so many ways. I like to toss out the strict "teacher/student" regiment and create a laid back, fun, easy going atmosphere. I want to be buds and SHARE music with each other and introduce you into this world that I have grown to love so so much. There is nothing more rewarding. I promise. So let's get started!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back. Your progress is directly linked to you. I will give it my all to teach you and help you, but if you don't practice or soak it in, that's on you! I hate having a tense, seminar type lesson atmosphere. Lessons with me will be easy going and relaxed. I don't want to have to put on a sweater vest and wag my finger as a I scold you. That's just not me.
However, I DO expect you to get things done. Why waste your time with lessons if you're not going to take them seriously on any level? The curriculum will be totally personalized for YOU. After all, not everybody likes the same music and style. The first lesson or two will be getting a handle on exactly what YOU want to learn and what YOU want out of it. Finding out your favorite bands/artists, guitar players, bass players, etc. There's nothing worse than being taught something you have no desire for, but having it drilled into your head week after week! So whether that be blues, folk, metal, whatever, that's the first step. With that information I'll begin constructing and laying out the rest of your lesson plan.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Although I assume you have an instrument of your own (if not I recommend getting one, it sort of helps), if you're looking to just try things out at first I have more than a few extra that I'd be happy to let you use. My teaching studio doubles as a recording studio as well. This means 2 things: if ever you would like to record some of your music you know where to go! And also, I have the means to record the entire lesson if you'd like. You'll need to supply the blank CD(s) of course. It's not a requirement to record the lesson, just an option! Basically, I have everything you could ever possibly need for music lessons here. So you're set.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, amps, etc. anything that would be needed I've got!

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, hardcore, acoustic-finger-style and various other acoustic styles, and more. Through teaching and experience as a working musician I have mastered most genres and styles. When sitting at home jamming in my free time, I probably most frequently find myself playing acoustic finger-style, blues, folk, or hardcore!

Bo W.

Pasadena, TX
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Connor O.

Dickinson, TX
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Zane W.

Houston, TX
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Bo W. Pasadena, TX

Subjects Taught

Piano, Songwriting

About Me

With over 40 years of professional playing on small and large stages I am able to offer my students a diverse range of educational resources.
I am still playing actively in bands in surrounding area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy going and I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus & can have fun doing it.
I utilize various methods , which is determined by the students learning style & needs, so this can change as time goes on
(not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (& continue to do) extensive research into materials available for Piano and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance & tools, and you practice, utilize & learn these tools, & off we go! The sky is the limit!!! :-D

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard with stand
Recording with Sonar X2, assorted mics.
I also can do demo recordings and one sheets for professionals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel up to 16 miles
Portable keyboard with stand and chair

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Country

Connor O. Dickinson, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting

About Me

My name is Connor and I give Guitar lessons to all ages. My best work is done with beginners for I have a great lesson plan and an inept ability to teach the ways of the guitar. I taught myself guitar at a very young age then dove into musical theory when I became older which has given me a very unique and fast approach at learning the guitar. I consider myself a great listener, and most importantly a great teacher. With all my students we will develop a plan with YOUR real goals on guitar, and work on getting you to playing what YOU want to play. I also teach how to write music, improvise, and play with a band! I can get you ready to rock in roll in just a few months!

*** Lesson Details ***
Typically the first lesson will be to see where you are at in your journey of learning guitar, establishing what you want out of the guitar, and figuring out goals for you to start heading towards. Lessons will include a dive into music theory, Fundamental training of mechanics, work towards playing your favorite song, and Ear training. I will be giving out handouts of information for you to take home and sink you teeth into as well. Of course from there the lesson plan will vary based on your goals and what you wish to achieve.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Mesa Boogie 5 50watt Express head, with a 4x12 Mesa Boogie Slanted Cabinet.
Ibanez Art Core Semi-Hollow Body Guitar
Ibanez Acoustic Electric
Varity of sound boards and effect pedals
Varity of different amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My travel equipment will include my Ibanez Art Core Semi Hollow Body Guitar
Ibanez Acoustic Electric Guitar
Mesa Boogie 5 50 Plus Head

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching people how to become a musician. A lot of the times, people will become great players, but do not know how to transfer their skills over to a band environment or have difficulty writing their own music. I am excellent at creating intermediate guitar players out of beginners in no time. I have a very unique approach to teaching that will get you up to speed very quickly!

Zane W. Houston, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training

About Me

Zane W. starting taking lessons from Guitar Institute of technology graduate, Charlie Lair when he was 12 years old. Zane began serious classical voice lessons when he was 18 from Dr. Paul Busselburg, and is now currently taking speech level singing.
He has taken 8 music theory courses and 8 ear training courses. Also, he is a proficient song writer.
Zane has been teaching both singing and guitar lessons for three years.
He recently lost touch with most of his previous students due to working with t.v. show "The Voice" but is passionate about sharing his gift with others now that he is back in Houston.

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