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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Minneapolis

Diedrich W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Michele M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Don S.

Minneapolis, MN
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Diedrich W. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Ear Training, Guitar, Harmonica, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

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 allowed me to understand what an artist needs from writing a song to releasing a CD that represents who you are at your best. I love what I do whether you have aspirations to be a professional musician or simply want you or your child to enjoy playing an instrument for yourself or friends and family.

*** Lesson Details ***
From the first lesson, my students learn, they grow, they feel good about themselves - and they get results. Whether adult, teenager or child, I find out what music inspires and I use this music to give access to learning regardless of level. Whether a Disney song, the Doors, or Debussy, I fuel your lesson with what lights you up. I am positive, attentive and also discerning. Quickly, I find out what learning style works best for my student; by ear, visually, or intellectually, and I spend the time to customize their materials and lesson plans to an extraordinary degree. If a student thrives with me being highly energized, or with me being more mellow, or if they have special needs, I'‚™m able to adapt to what works best for my student. It is a joy and privilege to be a teacher, but especially a music teacher!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have instruments, amps, laptop, mics...anything we need.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I often allow new students to use a loaner guitar of mine until they feel comfortable committing to purchasing their own. I help them find the right guitar for themselves by searching for used gear and accompanying them to the store. I provide all audio files and written materials.

*** Specialties ***
I teach ALL styles. I most often teach students wanting to play and sing songs from pop, show tunes, alternative, country, rock, singer/songwriter and jazz standards. I specialize in songwriting and often my students create their own compositions regardless of level. Improvisation (just playing!) is also a key part of my teaching.

Michele M. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Life Coaching, Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

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 singing! Most professional vocalists had family and friends that told them they were talented and that they should pursue singing. Most professional vocalists started out copying the sound of other recording artists, struggling for years to find their own unique voice.

The KEY difference between professional vocalists and average singers is (9 times out of 10) the presence influential teacher/mentor!

The right teacher/mentor pushes you to grow continuously; beyond what you think is possible. The right teacher/mentor has wisdom and connections to share from inside the music industry. The right teacher/mentor genuinely cares about you as a person.

I teach so that I can be that life-changing mentor for my students, giving them that "missing link" for success.

About me:
I grew up in NYC and "cut my teeth" across a variety of genres: rock, jazz, R&B, gospel and choral/classical. You name it; I've sung it. Also, in addition to being a vocal coach, I travel the nation as a musician/performing artist, professional speaker, life coach, and author. Consider taking a moment to watch the video clip below.

Unlike most teachers that take on any/all students, I limit my roster to 15 students at any given time. During our first few lessons, I commit to offering you honest and professional feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. I want to help YOU find YOUR own voice. I want to take a look at YOUR goals, YOUR dreams, and figure out what makes you tick.

During lessons, I draw on a dual B.A. degree in vocal performance & music business as well as industry experience. I offer insights on what works and what doesn't as a vocalist, whether you are looking to pursue singing vocationally or just as a hobby.

I can help you:
- Stop feeling nervous
- Develop impeccable technique
- Learn the “ins and outs” of being in the music business
- Assemble a press kit, record a demo and start to get gigs
- Much, much more!

I would love the opportunity to meet you and hear where you want your singing to take you. Please, get in touch!

Other Notes:

Studio Equipment:
I have everything we need for lessons in my studio: instruments, laptop, mics, etc... I will provide you with all audio files and any written materials for our lessons.

Don S. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, English, Film Production, Film Scoring, Guitar, Hand Drums, Jazz Voice, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Reading, Screenwriting, Singing, Songwriting, Study Skills, TOEFL, Ukulele, Video Production, Writing

About Me

Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). I specialize in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered. Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and video) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty of mine and are most welcome as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".

Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Nicholas W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Ash S.

Saint Paul, MN
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Rick W. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons consist of Ear Training, Note Reading, Improv/Jamming, and learning pop guitar Riffs/Changes/Parts. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wifi, Computer, and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Guitarbots, Slow Down Music Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same: Laptop, Guitar, Lotsa Apps.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.ƒ‚‚ 

Nicholas W. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Composition, French Horn, Guitar, Mandolin, Songwriting

About Me

EDUCATION
New England Conservatory - Music Composition
(John Mallia)

St. Petersburg State Conservatory N.A. N. Rimsky-Korsakov - Music Composition
(Sergei Slonimsky)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instrumental Music - Riviera Middle School (2006-2011) - St. Petersburg, FL
- Private instruction (All winds & brass), music history

Instrumental Music - Patel Conservatory (2010-2011) - Tampa, FL
- Youth Orchestra Manager, Librarian, Private Instructor (Guitar)

Private instruction - Guitar/Mandolin (2006-Present) Tampa, FL & New York, NY
Horn (2006-Present) Tampa, FL & New York, NY

I am also an accomplished composer and arranger in a variety of styles, from Classical and Jazz, to musical theatre, film, and contemporary songwriting. 2005 Received the Arte Prodigy award. 2009 Nomnation for Pulitzer Prize in Music. In 2013 I received my Carnegie Hall compositional debut.

Ash S. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

Blues Guitar, Classical Piano, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Violin

About Me

I am a college educated music instructor from St. Paul. I am also active in the local music scene as a singer/songwriter. Please check out my website to learn even more about me. www.ashstjohn.com
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 rock guitar is your thing, we can explore all the guitar greats. If you want to learn songwriting on the piano, by all means!

Songwriting With TakeLessons

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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 Minneapolis 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 details ...

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