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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Pegram

Mark T.

Nashville, TN
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Dani E.

Nashville, TN
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Courtney O.

Antioch, TN
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Mark T. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Hello!! My name is Mark and I am YOUR teacher! (YOU just don’t know it yet)

Simply put, I love music… every facet of it, in fact! Music has been a huge part of my life! From starting on alto and tenor saxophones as a kid and then learning acoustic and electric guitars, to ripping scorching solos on stage with Chris Cagle and singing background vocals with Reba McEntire, music has always inspired me! Now I hope to inspire you with creative, challenging, and fun lessons!!

Long story short, (too late) ☺ at a young age I dove head first into music, but more importantly, the electric guitar! I learned everything about them from how they are constructed to how magnetic pickups make sound come out of an amplifier. Then came the true challenge… I started meeting others like me and before too long I was playing in bands and making music! (which is the ULTIMATE GOAL of playing any instrument when you get down to it)

After many years of self study and private lessons, I took the initiative to move from Texas to Los Angeles, California to go to Musicians Institute’s Guitar program. I honed my chops as I studied with Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, George Lynch, Raphael Moreira, and Robben Ford just to name a few. I graduated with honors and received my AA degree in September 2001. (3 days after 9/11) Learning is great, but I NEEDED to make music… so I played in many bands (heavy metal, reggae, pop, country, blues rock) and shared the stage with many amazing musicians along the way including members of Black Label Society, Dakota Moon, Korn, and many others.

I STILL wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to learn how to make commercial music and spent 7 years learning the craft of recording, mixing, and producing music. I went back to school eventually and graduated with honors (again) from LA’s Recording Institute of Technology in 2009. I also received outstanding mix and got my ProTools HD Operators Certifications.

WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING? Well, I’m glad you asked! ☺ I have the unique ability to help sculpt your goals and tailor your training because of the vast wealth of experience I possess. Notice I didn’t say “knowledge?” I’m still learning! As I hope you will be for the rest of your life! Any truly great musician knows that they’ll never know it all!

My wife and I moved to Nashville in November of 2012 to continue our musical adventures! She’s a touring background singer and songwriter and one of my biggest inspirations…. Hope I can become one of yours!

Can’t wait to meet you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going, friendly, patient guy (And I'm quite funny.. I think) who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

My three promises to you as a student:

1) I guarantee that you will have fun during the time you're with me! I know lessons can be intimidating and stressful, but they have to be fun and that's part of my job.

2) I promise that I will gently push you to be the best you can be but never ask you to do something that I think you won't be able to achieve with practice.

3) I stand behind my education and experiences: I've learned music from the best in the field and you will get nothing less than that from me during a lesson.

My three expectations of you:

1) Come willing to try new and different things in a low pressure environment. I don't bite...I swear.

2) Come prepared to play. Why? If you want to play guitar, you have to play. Relatively simple, right?

3) Come prepared to make mistakes. No lesson is perfect and no lesson should be. Lessons are your opportunity to make mistakes without being judged, so make mistakes, commit to not making the same ones the next time and enjoy and appreciate the praise and feedback you get along the way. Music is a journey that cannot be completed in a few one hour sessions, so I hope and expect that you won't treat it that way.

Now let's make music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bill Nash, PRS, Suhr, Daion, Lance Alonzo Customs, Ovation, and Yamaha guitars. Marshall, Ceriatone, and Mojo amps. NinjaTone, Xotic, CAE, Strymon, Tech 21, Nobels, and Voodoo Labs pedals. Mac Pro, Apogee, Dangerous Audio, Genelec, Sterling Audio, Blue, Shure, Pro Tools 10, Logic Studio 9 recording gear.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in rock, blues, & country guitar styles as well as some metal, jazz, reggae,and funk/R&B guitar. I also have extensive curriculum to draw from as the previous curriculum supervisor at Musicians Institute in LA.

Dani E. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Hi! I'm a singer/songwriter who recently relocated to Nashville from Brooklyn, NY. I've been teaching since 2006 in addition to playing my original music as well as singing backing vocals for various artists such as Amos Lee, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, and more. Since I've moved, I really missed teaching (and my students:( ) and would love to be able to teach you here in Nashville!

*** Lesson Details ***
I hold a B.F.A. in Vocal Performance from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC and teach beginning, hobbyist singers all the way through to working, professional singers. The most important thing I like to work on with voice students, is helping you to find your own distinct voice and how to use it to the best of it's abilities. That involves developing your technique, vocal health, and an overall familiarity with how your voice functions.

When it comes to teaching piano, I work with beginner students and was mainly teaching children ages 5 and up back in NYC. That's not to say if you're an adult we couldn't work together! I like to work from a workbook of some kind-my students and I were using the 'Bastien Series' and 'Dozen A Day' in addition to other repertoire books.

In addition to playing, some of my students liked to compose original music which I highly encourage and help foster if that's something you desire to do.

I'd love to talk with you more about what you, or your child is looking to achieve through taking piano or voice lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Nord Keyboard, Roland amp, microphone & mic stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
All of my studio equipment is portable.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Songwriting
My degree is in jazz but I also have classical training and musical theatre experience

Courtney O. Antioch, TN

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Country Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

*** About Me ***
My name is Courtney O., and I love to teach music.

I started playing piano in the second grade and began taking private voice lessons when I was 12. I focused on music and music business all the way through my BM degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I have been involved in private lessons, musical theater, choirs, vocal jazz, and so many other things in between. I am a self-taught songwriter, and moved to Nashville in 2009 to pursue music. I spent my first year in Tennessee teaching privately at the high school level, which I loved! I spent the next four years in Corporate America, but have found how profoundly I miss teaching. I have recently returned to my own personal vocal study with a wonderful studio in Nashville, and am reopening my teaching schedule! I am currently accepting any age and level for voice coaching, basic music theory and basic songwriting. I am available in person in Nashville, or over Skype anywhere in the world!

*** Specialties ***
I believe in a strong basis in music theory and music literacy, no matter what. I believe in teaching traditional technique and taking it to every genre. For example, use of proper breath support and posture can be translated from Opera to country music. I teach classical, broadway, jazz and pop styles for voice, and classical and pop in composing and songwriting. I coach all levels of voice students, and beginning Composition and songwriting students.

*** Requirements ***
Student must have his or her own instrument. Voice students should either play another instrument or have a recording device so they have a means of remembering and practicing the lesson during the week. For students without a piano, I have a keyboard I can bring with me if there is no piano or keyboard in the home. While I can provide some music, students should be expected to purchase their own. I will keep the demands on this stipulation reasonable.

Jerry S.

Goodlettsville, TN
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Steven F.

Franklin, TN
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Zoe R.

Madison, TN
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Jerry S. Goodlettsville, TN

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Always wanted to learn to play piano? Now is the time! My name is Jerry and I am an experienced, patient, gentle teacher, with over 20 years teaching and performing experience. I teach all ages, from beginners to advanced students. Learn to read or play by ear. Just want to learn a few of your favorite songs...we can do that too.

I have a B.A. in Music Education and plenty of real world experience:

Private teaching: Scores of students over the last twenty years.
Performing: Decades as band member, leader and solo performances. I have worked with Herbie Hancock, Mary Wells, Greg Kihn and Jessie Colin Young, to name a few.
Public school system: Over five years teaching music in Cook County (Chicago area), IL.

You may also hear me play every Monday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Woody's Steakhouse in Madison. Come enjoy some great food and music!

Make 2014 the year you finally learn to play, it can be fun and rewarding.

*** Lesson Details ***
Self motivation is your greatest ally; I want to help you become motivated and fall in love with the piano.

Beginners can expect to work from method books. The basics are very important and do not need to be tedious…and every piano player/musician goes through this process. Once the basics are learned, we can explore any music you like.

We will begin to explore harmony and music theory; build a chord vocabulary; learn to read a "lead sheet" and even learn to play by ear, using theory to anticipate certain patterns in the music…there are always patterns! If you are a songwriter, I can help you with that as well.

Music is a mystery waiting to be unraveled. Let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with Yamaha moX8 digital piano, recording equipment, and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
For young beginners I like to use a method book such as Bastien or Alfred. For students with a certain reading proficiency, I generally choose material from my personal library. If a student has a specific request, whether written material or something to learn by ear, I encourage it. I teach any style. I especially like jazz, but never force it on anyone.
I'm always trying to find what my student is interested in. Often they don't know, but when they do...I like to go with that.

Steven F. Franklin, TN

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Nashville guitarist Steve F. has 30 plus years playing and teaching experience. Having relocated from Ohio in 1999, Steve has played and toured with major recording artist's Blackhawk, David Lee Murphy, Rebecca Lynn Howard, 2005 Nashville Star Winner Erika Jo, and is currently touring with MCA recording artist Andy Childs, Robin Meade, host of HLN's Morning Express, and Eagles Tribute 7 Bridges, Rod Stewart Tribute featuring Rob Caudill, and American Floyd, a tribute to Pink Floyd. Steve also teaches privately in the Nashville area and maintains Grand Staff Music in Franklin, TN.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be tailored to the students needs and interests. I cover anything from rock, jazz, country, blues, music theory, songwriting, and more. I will teach songs, lead guitar techniques, solos, riff's, all while explaining the theory and concepts behind the subject matter being studied! I feel that taking lessons should be an enjoyable experience and I try to make learning fun and rewarding at the same time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender electric guitars, Fender Deville amp, VHT Pitbull amp, a wide array of effects, Taylor Model 810 Acoustic, and everything needed to effectively teach a wide variety of subject matter. Online lessons will include written communication via email, text, or fax, depending on availability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide my own needs, a guitar and small amp, music stand and paper, metronome, capo, etc. I expect the student to have a guitar and amp (if needed), and books we would be working out of, and basic accessories.

*** Specialties ***
Electric Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country guitar styles, Nashville Number System, Songwriting, and more........

Zoe R. Madison, TN

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Composition, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piccolo, Songwriting

About Me

Zoe has played flute in several ensembles over the past ten years. Most recently she performed with the Milwaukee Honors Band, Middleton Players Theater Pit Orchestra, Middleton Symphony Orchestra, Middleton Wind Ensemble, the University of Wisconsin Madison Concert Band, University of Wisconsin Whitewater Concert Band, and the Volunteer State Jazz Ensemble. Zoe was featured as a soloist with the Madison Jazz Society and Middleton Concerto Competition in Wisconsin, and the Volunteer State Jazz Ensemble. During High School, Zoe annually competed in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble Festival earning a total of eighteen medals at the District and State Levels. Over the past four years, she developed an interest in clarinet and earned a gold medal at WSMA Solo and Ensemble less than six months after she began learning the instrument. Zoe has been teaching lessons privately since 2009 and recently moved to Nashville Tennessee to further her education and continue her music teaching career. She has recently started working on a series of method books for flute as well as a series of etudes to use with her students, and a dictionary of musical terms by language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large library of sheet music
Several Keyboards
Several Guitars
2 Bass Guitars
Drum Kit
Several Amps
Several Mics
Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
College Prep
Music Theory

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