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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Monte Rio

James P.

Petaluma, CA
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Lars R.

Petaluma, CA
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Liz J.

Sonoma, CA
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James P. Petaluma, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others.

Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there.

*** Lesson Details ***
I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by helping each student clarify their goals. Then we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.

Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.

For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: 2 vertical pianos

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand.
I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
blues, jazz, pop and rock

Lars R. Petaluma, CA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, English, ESL, Guitar, Humanities, Songwriting, Spanish

About Me

I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish from San Francisco State University. I currently attend San Francisco State University in a Music History master's program. I recently switched to seven-string guitar, which is the same instrument as the standard six-string plus one more low string. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.

Liz J. Sonoma, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a multi-focus on several aspects of music including African dance, Indonesian gamelan, songwriting, recording, classical voice and piano, folk guitar, and more, Liz had the excellent opportunity to teach theater to a local musical theater summer youth program. All summer, she taught class sizes ranging from 10 to 26 students of the ages 5-10. Her initiative later led to being hired at this local community theater. Along with this theater teaching experience, she has been teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, flute & voice lessons for over 9 years. Her students have gone from knowing nothing about music to learning and performing entire pieces on their own as well as even auditioning & for agents and becoming signed artists in Los Angeles. Liz knows that it is her place in the world to teach music & spread positivity through her own music and would love nothing more than make learning music a positive and fun experience for everyone.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach out of the Alfred's Piano course, but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books they would like to learn out of and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for having practiced well, and for performing well in our lessons. I would love it for my students to be clear on what they would like to learn, and I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio, I have a full size Cable-Nelson upright piano, as well as two ukuleles, and two guitars (one acoustic-electric and one electric).

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I travel, I bring my own instrument that the student is learning on so that I can demonstrate, as well as a music stand if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk, opera, musical theater, classical, rock, reggae

Michael C.

Sonoma, CA
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Miles M.

Sebastopol, CA
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Will G.

Sebastopol, CA
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Michael C. Sonoma, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

My first musical memories are jamming with his father Robert (who plays guitar) in a make-shift garage music room in his hometown of San Diego. I soon discovered a love of and fascination with drumming that led me to pursue music as a lifelong passion.

In 2001 I received a B.A. in music from San Diego State University, where I studied classical theory, sang in choirs, took every jazz course available, and played in West African/South Indian drumming ensembles.

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I've decided to settle down and have made Sonoma my home. I feels blessed to be teaching and learning from students. I strive to share my knowledge and experience in a positive, exciting way, inspiring creativity, individuality and self-discipline.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio is a room separate from rest of house, drum set, electronic drum set, electrical guitar, digital piano, and seating for parents. Parking is available in a dirt driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have their own instrument, I will sometimes bring a guitar to drum lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Soul, Rock, Pop, Blues, Latin, Funk and 80's.

Miles M. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Trumpet

About Me

Miles began playing piano at the age of 7, then took up trumpet and singing shortly thereafter. He has performed with numerous musical groups in Sonoma County and around the country, at venues including the Wells Fargo Center, the Green Music Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Miles has appeared on multiple albums, including Orjazzmic's self-titled debut. Currently, he is composing the score for the upcoming internet-television series Cupid's Conundrum. He is also actively teaching piano, voice, music theory/composition, and ear training at Prune Farm Studio in Sebastopol and around the Sonoma County area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place.

There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve: Musicality, Technique, and Repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas.

While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love!

I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, lessons are much more of a dialogue than a lecture. The more active you are in this dialogue, the more you will get out of your lessons.

The first lesson is primarily spent discussing your musical goals and getting a feel for your current level of experience. By the end of the first lesson, you will have a few songs and/or exercises to practice. After your first lesson, I will prepare material based on your personal strengths and weaknesses. And if you specify some songs that you would like to learn, I will transcribe them and be ready to help you learn them at your next lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Blues, Latin, Funk, Sou/R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Electronic
Music Theory, Composition, Ear Training

Will G. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Fiddle, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Tennis, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

I am a dedicated music instructor and instrumentalist who not only has a long history of teaching, but over the years i have performed perhaps as many as a thousand weddings, and all types of events.

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