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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Millbrae

Tracey H.

San Francisco, CA
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Brent C.

San Francisco, CA
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
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Tracey H. San Francisco, CA

I've been writing for 17 years, solo and as part of a band.

About Tracey

I've been singing, performing, songwriting, and studying voice for 17 years. I attended Berklee College of Music, where I studied Voice/Vocal Performance, and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Musician's Institute in LA. I've been teaching since 2006, and work with a wide range of contemporary genres with a focus on rock, pop, country, folk, Americana, R&B, blues, and soul. I like to take a "back-to-basics" approach to voice by helping students develop the core aspects of breathing/breath control, correct vowel placement/vowel tuning, and a focus on muscle memory as it relates to stretching the cords. I've been told my approach is simple yet effective, and a unique blend of classic concepts with a practical/modern approach to getting in tune with one's one ...


Julia J. May 6, 2014
Verified Student
One amazing teacher!

Tracey is a phenomenal voice teacher and I highly recommend her! She's organized, professional and very musically talented. But more than that, Tracey is extremely adept at communicating the subtle and hard to grasp vocal techniques that are so difficult to put into words. In addition to using analogies, she's great at using visual cues (drawings, arrows, notation# and relating vocal movements to colors, physical movements and sensations. She was more than willing to adapt her lessons for me so that I can gain the best understanding.

I have had other teachers in the past, and while they were all talented and very nice, only Tracey has been able to help me improve my singing voice. I improved more in 3 lessons with her than I did in 8 months of lessons with a previous teacher.

Tracey is also very kind and patient #very necessary with beginners!) and very good at correcting without criticizing. She went way out of her way to accomodate my schedule and even comes to my house for the lessons. I think she's the best and I'm sure you will too!
Brent C. San Francisco, CA

What does it take to write a successful song?
Learn how to write and arrange songs from concept to completion. We will cover melody, harmony, chord progressions, form, and writing effective lyrics.

I have been writing songs for over ten years and I am the primary songwriter for my band, Lords of Sealand.

About Brent

My name is Brent and I am a professional guitarist and music teacher. I have a BA in Classical Guitar Performance from UC Davis. Currently, I am a primary songwriter and guitarist for San Francisco rock band Lords of Sealand. Teaching all styles of guitar has been a passion of mine for many years. I love to share my passion with others. *** Travel Equipment *** I expect the students to have an instrument and to purchase the method books that I ask them to. I provide any supplemental materials that I find appropriate. *** Specialties *** Classical, rock, and folk guitar is my specialty, I perform professionally and love teaching. I also have a lot of experience teaching popular guitar and have been very active in rock and folk bands as a songwriter and as a guitarist.


Jesse C. November 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
Brent's an amazing teacher, and an awesome person to be around. He's super patient and helpful, he's flexible and easy going, and he's really passionate about music and teaching. His talent and enthusiasm reignited my interest in guitar and he has helped me improve immensely. I strongly recommend Brent as a teacher
Eric A. November 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I feel incredibly lucky to have found Brent. He puts a lot more time, energy and enthusiasm into his lessons than I ever would have expected. He is able to integrate theory and technical details into playing particular and diverse pieces, keeping things fun the whole time. He is a very skilled player as well as a talented and patient teacher, who would likely work well with players of any level or musical taste.
Diane D. November 4, 2014
A singer songwriter musician friend of mine recommended Brent to us when I put out the word we were looking for a guitar teacher for our son, Mael. That was a year and a half ago and I feel very lucky to have found him because my son adores him and has made consistent progress under his skillful, patient and good humored instruction! My son and Brent have an easy and genuine rapport and it was clear to me from the beginning that this was going to be a good fit. (Basically Mael worships him). I am a little more objective but I also have nothing but positive things to say. He is both flexible and reliable and has a real affinity with kids, in addition to being a highly trained and talented musician. I recommend him wholeheartedly. --Diane Davis
Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they affect your songwriting. Break down songs that you like to learn about the elements that make you like them and make them compelling to others.

About Jesse

My Background I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in ...


Nima A. November 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience with Jesse so far. He clearly knows what he is doing. My learning experience as an adult has been a lot of fun so far.
Kia G. October 8, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jess is dedicated, patient, and confident teacher!!!

I am so happy that I have found Jesse as the ukulele teacher of my 7 years old son. You can tell that he lives for music and it's not just a job for him teaching students. He is determined but patient with the kid and really has educational skills.
Brent P. July 1, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Jesse is a fantastic instructor. He is talented, fun, and has a passion for music and teaching. He is an excellent choice for anyone looking to learn about music. I really enjoyed my time with him, and I intend to continue lessons with him.

Benjamin G.

San Francisco, CA
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Rachel A.

Oakland, CA
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yijun C.

Daly City, CA
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Benjamin G. San Francisco, CA

Composition, song writing and arranging.

About Benjamin

I have been studying music my entire life. I first sat down at the piano at four years old and have never strayed. After attending a performing arts high school, I studied music composition and theory at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. My studies not only enhanced my passion for music, but gave me an understanding of it and the listening experience. My desire to share this love and excitement led me to become a piano teacher. Developing my own teaching practice has required intense organizational skills and independent motivation and enhanced my ability to work with others as I interact with my students, their teachers, and parents. In this position, I have had the pleasure of expanding my students’ musical understanding by introducing them to new and different styles and genres of ...


Gayle S. December 13, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Benjamin is excellent, a music theory whisperer. In a few hours, my son went from a complete block to totally understanding and completing of all the music theory he was assigned. Most of all, he now understands the concepts and application and use. Really amazing work, incredible teacher. Can't say enough.
Manu S. July 19, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a beginner piano player. Somehow Ben got me to actually play and read music which is amazing because I always though it was too difficult. He constantly keeps me on my toes with different songs, theory lessons, exercises, book suggestions, the list goes on. And he'll totally catch you if you try to cheat finger techniques (which is what I do constantly), but he's not harsh about it.

If you want to learn piano and theory, he's your guy.
Josh K. June 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
Benjamin is awesome! I'm a pianist and composer. I was taking from a guy who was kind of strict and stifling as to what I could and couldn't do. There was nothing really creative about it, and I needed to free up my creativity somehow.

I think the music I'm writing now is much better. Using improvisation and new ways of thinking, I've gained great new perspective on the music I write, the music I play, and my creative process in general. Basically, Benjamin helps me to stop censoring myself. I have lots more material to choose from. It can be overwhelming, but in a great way.

Benjamin is friendly and encouraging and most importantly super creative and musical. He works you hard, but he's an easygoing nonjudgmental guy and I recommend him without hesitation for anybody wanting to grow musically.
Rachel A. Oakland, CA

Together, we'll get you writing songs! At a beginners level, we look at how songs are constructed both musically and lyrically and work on chord progressions and lyric production. At intermediate and advanced levels, we can work on honing your musical practice and creativity. I will give feedback on works in progress.

About Rachel

I love teaching! I love that everybody has different learning styles, experiences, and goals. I've taught singing, vocal technique, and music performance in a wide range of contexts both in the US and the UK for 10 years. I studied the fantastic Estill Voice Training System in both places, which has led to my work in vocal recovery. From being an instructor for several years at Queen's University in Belfast, UK to working with individuals and community groups, I've built an understanding of how to help you the learner meet your goals in rock, pop, jazz, and even in recovering your voice after a voice injury or illness. In addition, I'm a well-seasoned musician so can provide industry experience as well as guitar, songwriting, and performance coaching for auditions, gigging or ...

yijun C. Daly City, CA

First, I am good at Composition and Theory,ear training(music).Second,I am good at Music Production it include Mixing,Recording,like Protools,Logic,Sibelius. Last,I can use piano to do the free style music when i get the melody.I learned composition and theory in High school (3years)and undergraduate study (4years). during study, I was composed classical music, score for sonata, piano, Right now i am study music production in academy of art university in san francisco. i am graduate student. I to be MTAC member in 2014year. so, I got Music Teacher Associate California certificate.Also,i made music for TV station when i study in 2012.

About yijun

Hi,I am so glad to talk about my music experience! 3 part i want share with you. First, I am good at Composition and Theory,ear training(music).Second,I am good at Music Production it include Mixing,Recording,like Protools,Logic,Sibelius. Last,I can use piano to do the free style music when i get the melody. I learned composition and theory in High school (3years)and undergraduate study (4years). during study, I was composed classical music, score for sonata, piano, Right now i am study music production in academy of art university in san francisco. i am graduate student. I to be MTAC member in 2014year. so, I got Music Teacher Associate California certificate.Also,i made music for TV station when i study in 2012. just learn from me you. i will show you the world !Happy new year!

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