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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Philadelphia

Benjamin C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Debra L.

Ambler, PA
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Rihki K.

Philadelphia, PA
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Benjamin C. Philadelphia, PA

About Me

I am 25 years old, a San Diego native displaced on the East Coast for the past 13 years who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.

I have a masters degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the Frost School of Music in the University of Miami and bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University. My main instrument is bass but I have years of performance and teaching experience on piano and guitar as well. I have been teaching music in classes, camps, and privately for over 6 years. Two of those years were as an employee with TakeLessons. During that time I taught over 100 different students and averaged about 40 private students a week.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is a shared art, one that demands an emphasis on community. I also believe that teaching music is just as much a part of growing as a musician as learning, practicing, and playing. Because I hold these beliefs, I strive to share my knowledge of music with seriousness and enthusiasm.

My teaching method is not strict, and I encourage students to come up with questions and ideas about what they want to learn in lessons. This way, we can come up with an ideal curriculum together that will maximize their potential for learning as well as keep a pace they are comfortable with. I do require that students study technique and reading music with me (guitar students will deal with tabs as well). These things lay the foundation for a well-rounded musician. Books for technique, improvising, learning songs, etc. may be agreed upon and/or suggested. Throughout lessons, we will also work on developing listening skills and musicianship, which takes further than just learning the notes on the keyboard or fretboard.

I hold degrees in Jazz composition and performance so I could say that jazz is my specialty, but I have performed in groups of many different genres, including rock, ska, R&B, funk, and acoustic. If a student is interested in learning a particular style of music, I will be happy to dive into it with him/her. If not, we will take some time to explore different styles and genres to create some interest. No matter what, beginning students will all deal with the same technical exercises and basic theory/ear training that is fundamental to a budding musician. How deep we go into music theory and such is up to the student; those with recreational interest will be taught at their own pace, and those with a drive to pursue music outside of the "woodshed" will be challenged a little more.

My ultimate goal when teaching is to cater to the wants and needs of the student. I try my best not only to find what each student would like to learn, but also to identify any issues in his/her playing or understanding of music and address them. Lessons with me will prove to create well rounded musicians who know how to make the most of their potential on their instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be in living room. There is street parking available. No pets.

*** Specialties ***
On bass I specialize in jazz and funk styles, with plucking technique, slap and improvisation. I have also played and am familiar with rock, reggae, r&b, and Latin styles.

Debra L. Ambler, PA

About Me

I love teaching and providing a supportive and creative environment where my students have fun learning to make music. I work with students at their own pace to make their musical experience both enjoyable and educational. My students look forward to their lessons, and our time together each week passes by quickly!

I'm skilled in playing and teaching classical music as well as theater and pop repertoire for students of all ages. I enjoy working with young students who are beginners, and also with teens or adults who are €œcoming back€ to piano, or learning for the first time. I've developed a Pop-Piano Method based on learning chord structure and music theory for playing by €œear€ for students with 2-3 years of piano or other musical instrument.

In addition to teaching piano, I teach voice for all musical styles -- pop, jazz, rock, blues, country, R&B, musical theater, choral, and classical. I'm knowledgeable about vocal physiology and health, and effective in teaching everything from pitch correction to vocal health, relaxation and performance techniques for both on stage and in the recording studio € or the shower!

I've worked with singers, from age 5 through 80, including teens and adults who love to sing country-pop-rock, who sing in choirs, or with bands; I coach teen and adult actors singing in high school productions and community theater (opera or musicals); I help choral singers with sight reading, and teach all singers how to use and think of their body as their instrument. Basic music training in reading notes, rhythm, pitch and ear training, familiarity with the piano/keyboard, are part of the vocal lesson.

I present a number of performance opportunities for my students with recitals several times throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to record at a professional recording studio, which shares the same facility where I have my teaching studio.

As a performing singer-songwriter, I also teach songwriting, starting with young students to encourage creativity, and to teens and adults, who are interested in writing, performing and recording their own original songs.

I also sing professionally performing jazz standards; as a background vocalist on CDs for recording artists; and play piano in a piano-flute instrumental duo for special events. I€™m also a member of a talented contemporary worship band at my local church.

I have a degree from West Chester University (West Chester, PA) with a concentration in piano pedagogy, and I take continuing education courses to stay current with the latest in piano teaching methods. I'm certified as a Voiceworks TM Associate for the Total Singer Method TM, and keep current in my own vocal studies and training.

In addition to teaching voice and piano, I teach and facilitate regional songwriting workshops as part of an international songwriting association based in Nashville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm patient, encouraging and friendly, teaching piano and voice lessons, often integrating both into lessons for students interested in playing piano and singing.

For piano beginners, I teach traditional methods using current books designed for steady advancement for sight reading notes, rhythm, performance technique, theory, and ear training. Students play songs from a variety of repertoire, including classical and popular songs. Students are also given opportunities to create their own songs, melodies, and to improvise.

As students advance, they become involved in selecting repertoire they would like to play. I encourage students to learn classical music, along with popular songs they are interested in playing. After 2-3 years of lessons, I offer a Pop-Piano Method for playing by ear through knowledge of music theory and chord structure.

For singing, I'm certified to teach the Total Singer TM method. From the first lesson we learn how to use the diaphragm and breath for instant results. From there we hone in on specific styles the student enjoys singing (country, musical theater, pop, classical, jazz, R&B, gospel) and learn the nuances of how to use our "toolbox", including jaw, tongue, larynx, and so on, to create the sound we want. Ear and pitch training and basic musical terms and concepts are part of each lesson. Students are involved in choosing repertoire. Students record their lessons to use for practice at home.

For voice students who play the piano, I teach the Pop-Piano Method for Singers, where they learn to accompany themselves playing the piano by ear through knowledge of music theory and chord structure.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic upright studio grand, electric 88-weighted key Yamaha piano, CD player, laptop computer, microphone-amps, small stage area, recording mics-headphones direct to professional commercial recording studio

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Vocal - pitch correction and diaphragm technique for students of all ages

Speaking Lessons - vocal techniques used in singing applied speaking safely without harming the voice -- have coached teachers, coaches, cheerleaders

Piano- traditional lessons -- I keep current on pedagogical trends and repertoire

Pop-Rock Keyboard- Piano-- Pop-rock style piano for playing keyboard in a band or for accompanying self singing favorite pop-rock songs by learning chord structure

Songwriting- learn the essentials of writing lyrics and music for pop-country-rock songs. Great for the aspiring singer-songwriter.

Rihki K. Philadelphia, PA

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a mobile digital mac recording system

*** Specialties ***
Specializing In Artist Development Singing, Breathing, & Performance. I Teach A Mac Based Songwriting And Music Production Course Featuring Garageband And For Advance Students Logic And Protools

Andrew M.

Philadelphia, PA
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Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Alex S.

Doylestown, PA
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Andrew M. Philadelphia, PA

About Me

Andrew is a Philadelphia area bassist, guitarist, composer, sound designer, audio engineer, and teacher. As a recent graduate of University of the Arts with a MM in jazz studies, Andrew has had many opportunities to study with some of the best musicians that Philadelphia has to offer. Andrew performs in a variety of styles from rock to jazz and R&B. For Andrew, music is the most fun a person can have and this idea is the foundation for his instruction. Andrew aims to inspire his students, in the way that his great teachers have inspired him. He emphasizes improvisation, confidence, versatility, good habits, a strong foundation, and the concept of music as a language.

*** Lesson Details ***
Though I cultivate a laid-back atmosphere, I take music and teaching very seriously. I expect beginners to put in an honest effort, and expect more advanced players to be enthusiastic about the material I give them, and to give it the time and attention it deserves. Ultimately, a student will only get out what he or she puts in. It can and should be fun, (and if It isn't, I'll figure out a way to make it fun.) Students will learn to be creative every time they play. They will learn to interact with others (musically) and to rely on their ears and intuition. I try to focus on producing a well-rounded student who can play with emotion and spontaneity, yet has knowledge of music theory, history, convention, and other essentials of a more academic nature. I cater to the student's interests and tailor my lessons to the student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: studio with music stands, guitar/bass amps, music library and materials, keyboard, recording mixer, guitars (acoustic & electric), electric bass, fretless bass, upright bass, and computer with various music software, and a wipe off board.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car, Music stand, instruments, amplifiers, Ipad

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Contemporary music.

Michael C. Philadelphia, PA

About Me

Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Philadelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.

C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.

C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' €™s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.

Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.

Alex S. Doylestown, PA

About Me

Hello there! Thank you for checking out my page.

If you are interested in making an appointment please CALL (215) 272-6549 or EMAIL

This is the first step in beginning or continuing a creative journey that will not only make you a better artist but a better person, as participation in any art will do. I am all about finding out how music and theatre and film and, really, any artistic medium can help us communicate better, unveil new perspectives, and foster a more open, generous, accepting, and passionate relationship with the world around us.

I've been an artist in many different capacities spanning many different mediums including theatre, film, and music as a director, actor, and writer. I received a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a Bachelor's of Science in Film and Television from Boston University. As a musician, I've played guitar, piano, mandolin, and sang in touring college bands, city church choirs, high school jazz bands and select choirs, and a plethora of school, community, and professional musical theatre productions. I've also taught guitar (privately and in groups) and led acting/text workshops locally and abroad. My most recent adventure was while I was abroad in Scotland. I wrote and directed a play, "Said the Wind", which was performed at The Arches, Glasgow, and was subsequently taken to the CrisisArt Festival at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo Italy.

As a native of Doylestown, I'm happy to be back home for a while and am looking forward to teaching!

I am taking students at any age experience level, from those who want to learn the fundamentals of music through the guitar, to those who are looking to develop their sense of play and experimentation to better write their own music. First, we'll get to know each other so I can get a sense of your goals, interests, and current abilities. Then, utilizing musical literacy, tablature, learning-by-ear, and improvisation, we'll develop your skills to the highest possible level. I do not specialize in any particular genre or style. Rather, I've learned to specialize in flexibility. The most important thing is to know your instrument inside and out and all that it can offer by way of creation. After that, it's simply about enjoying it.
**I currently do not have an extra guitar available so it is important to provide your own instrument. On that note, taking lessons is only part of the process. The other critical part is practice, so I encourage anyone who is interested in guitar lessons to buy one of your own in order to do so. A simple acoustic guitar like a Yamaha is perfect for your first guitar.

These lessons are suited to those who want to develop their ability to enter an audition room with confidence and charisma and get the job or role you've prepared for. The most important thing to remember about auditioning is that the people behind the table want you to be the right person for the job as much as you yourself want the job. These lessons will be most useful to those auditioning with a monologue or cold reading sides. I can also be of assistance with musical theatre audition songs. If you are not working towards a specific audition, we can work on broad spectrum auditioning and mock auditions. These lessons are available to any age and experience level.
**I can work with those who already have pieces in mind that they'd like to practice on as well as those who need help finding a monologue or a song.

Again, if you are interested in making an appointment please CALL (215) 272-6549 or EMAIL


Favorite Bands:
Explosions in the Sky, Tallest Man on Earth, Andy McKee, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Trampled by Turtles, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Zombies, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Beck, Ben Folds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dirty Projectors, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Elliott Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Radiohead

Favorite Roles I've Performed:
God in "Creation of the World and Other Business" by Arthur Miller, Bouller in "Good" by C.P. Taylor, The in "Entomo" (an original piece), Mayor Shinn, Marcellus, and Charlie Cowell in "The Music Man", The Baker in "Into the Woods", Leontes in "The Winter's Tale" by Shakespeare (at Shakespeare's Globe in London), John in "Baby with the Bathwater" by Christopher Durang.

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