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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Pittsburgh

Gregory V.

Canonsburg, PA
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Melody M.

Valencia, PA
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Michael H.

Conway, PA
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Gregory V. Canonsburg, PA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

27 years experience as independent recording artist and behavioral therapist eternally blessed to
work with such artists and group members of The Supremes, Prince, Various Motown Artists,
Anthony Janflone Sr., Stafford Floyd, Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The
Stylistics, Blue Magic, as well as Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, producers Sylvia Massy, David Tickle,
The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, and personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart’s son, Sean and Casey Kasem's grandchildren.

I perform with the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Praise Team and Circle of Faith choirs and am president of The C.W. Chorale Men's Choir. singing and playing piano, organ, guitar, percussion and
arranging. I also perform as a solo artist and with various artists and students. I just moved back to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles where I lived and taught for 15 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Korg Micro Synth, Accessories

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Music Theatre, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Classical, Metal

Melody M. Valencia, PA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Guitar, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

*For a personal message from Melody and more information on SKYPE lessons, please read the "lesson details" section.

What do Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Aerosmith have in common? They have all studied Speech Level Singing!!
Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She maintains this certification through the continuous rigorous training and evaluation program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Seth Riggs is considered by many to be the best and most successful vocal instructor in the world. As his student and a certified SLS instructor, Melody utilizes over 10 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges.

She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mistakes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier.

Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 16 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her rolls in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerable others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casino's, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell school of Music and Dance, and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults.

Here are some nice things people have said about her:

"A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . "
-Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette

The Forum Newsweekly
"Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence."

The Shreveport times
"She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit
that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and
faces were pointed to the stage."

Dan Garner
Tipitina's

The Shreveport Times
"Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a
keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased
into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals."

Michael Pickett
"Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt
Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around
with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes
the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you
made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! "

Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning how to sing is fun!! It is also a lot of work. =) My goal for each student in every lesson is that they EXPERIENCE something new and better when it comes to vocal technique, and that they EXPERIENCE what I like to call the "happy music feeling." The perfect hybrid is when vocal technique is no longer an issue, and singing songs becomes effortless, joyful, and ripe for self expression and passion. This does not happen overnight, but with practice, dedication, and a patient impatience that keeps the student striving for perfection while simultaneously enjoying the process.

I teach all ages and I don't require an audition like many other highly trained teachers. I understand that you are coming to me to learn HOW to sing, and this is why I love beginners so much! I have spent many years studying to become the best voice teacher I can because I find teaching others the joy of singing incredibly rewarding. I understand the demands of a rigorous performance schedule, and I love the opportunity to help fine tune a working singer's vocal technique. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, I can teach you to sing higher, stronger, and faster with more ease than you probably thought possible. I look forward to working with you and your voice!

SKYPE LESSONS: Since I moved to Pennsylvania from San Diego, I have begun taking all of my lessons from Seth Riggs via Skype. I also maintained almost my entire San Diego student base by teaching via Skype, and in addition starting accepting students from all over the country and the world. I now have a very busy studio with an over 70% Skype student base due to the high demand for SLS technique and a balanced approach to singing instruction.
My youngest Skype student is 4 years old, and I recently held my first Skype Student integrated recital where online students performed live on a big screen from the comfort of their own homes! I'm constantly thinking of new ways to engage students from all corners of the world, create an online studio community, and offer performance and learning opportunities. Skype lessons are a great option for those without access to good vocal technique instructors or those who have tight schedules and prefer not to battle traffic on the way to the voice studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, piano, microphone,
Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will travel for:
Studio coaching for artist recording. Please inquire for rates.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Voice:
I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles.

Michael H. Conway, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the guitar. While my own style of interest is classical, I have vast experience teaching and playing blues, jazz, rock, folk, and flamenco guitar styles. I have advanced degrees in music education and have taught a wide variety of students ranging from beginners, to college guitar majors.

George C.

Crescent, PA
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Kit B.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Pete B.

Irwin, PA
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George C. Crescent, PA

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Math, English, Fiddle, Geometry, Guitar, History, Language, Math, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Reading, Science, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Violin

About Me

With an under-graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Music Education and a Master's in Counseling, years of experience teaching ESL and passing the TOEFL, over 35 years of songwriting and enabling children and adults in getting their GEDs, I have a wide-background in helping you to master your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Classes are designed around your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Using Studio One via 2-Channel Audiobox for mastering recording
15 years of Finale Music Notation software for composing

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument or coordinate to get a rental or purchase

*** Specialties ***
Classical violin having studied with 1st Violinist Pittsburgh Symphony and majored at Clarion Sate College in Music Education
Self-taught guitar

Kit B. Pittsburgh, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Piano, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting

About Me

I have been classically trained in piano and have played for over 20 years. I also have classical and jazz training in guitar at Shenandoah University. Many years experience in the recording industry, producing, mixing and mastering countless records. I am Pro Tools Certified and even studied in France with world famous engineer, Jimmy Douglass. Above all else I love the music. You can still catch me playing along to Led Zeppelin records trying to learn every detail of the solos. My lessons have a heavy influence on theory. I want my students to understand WHY a certain lick works, or WHY this mixing technique is best. Hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar - rock, blues, metal, folk, basic classical. Heavy focus on music theory and technique. Beginner - intermediate.

Piano - Classical. Heavy focus on music theory and technique. Beginner.

Pro Tools - Everything you wanted to know about Pro Tools and more! Think of this as applied instruction. Very hands on. Beginner, intermediate, pro.

Modern recording - Everything from mic techniques, to mixing and mastering. Beginner, intermediate, pro.

*** Studio Equipment ***
So much. I'll go with the basics.

Gibson Les Paul
Yamaha MOX8
Apogee Duet
Pro Tools 10
Lots of mics

*** Travel Equipment ***
Gibson Les Paul
Yamaha MOX8
Mac Laptop
Pro Tools 10
Apogee Duet

*** Specialties ***
Rock, blues and funk guitar.
Classical piano.
Recording techniques.
Mixing magic!

Pete B. Irwin, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Teaching for over 20 years. Learn to read music. Learn music theory. Learn to play your favorite songs. Learn to write songs. I love guitar and I can teach you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn to read music and music theory. Learn to read guitar TAB. Learn your favorite songs. Learn to write your own songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Marshall JMP 1974 50 Watt. Hughes Kettner Tubemeister 18. Gibson Les Paul. Gibson 1966LGO acoustic.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric guitar lessons include learning how to set your amplifier and how to use effects pedals. Various amps and effects are used.

*** Specialties ***
I love to work with beginners. I want you to be addicted to your guitar!

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