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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Sacramento

David K.

Shingle Springs, CA
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Lilli L.

Sacramento, CA
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Art P.

Sacramento, CA
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David K. Shingle Springs, CA

About Me

Hi, my name is David and I am a DJ, guitarist, vocalist, remixer, and producer.

I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and received BMs in Songwriting and Music Synthesis. I've appeared on the commercially released CD titled Cyberfest 2000: Sounds of the Digital Revolution, Volume 1 along with DJ Dan, Moby, Mix Master Mike, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyke, Carl Cox, and Christopher Lawrence. In 2002, I appeared again on the Epic Records release Shekinah: 13 Artists. I received a Master of Music degree in Music Technology from Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit in 2010 and am now working towards a Doctorate of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing.

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My goal at Takelessons is to please my clients through music education. I feel very fortunate to be a professional musician and love to help those who wish to learn the art of music. I teach every style of American music and there is nothing I enjoy more than helping students progress on their instrument. Whether you want to learn music just for fun or for professional use, I am here for you. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars
Microphones
Recording Equipment
DJ Controllers
Piano
Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide keyboard and recording equipment. I expect my students to be able to provide their own guitar for lessons

*** Specialties ***
I teach a variety of music styles including rock, jazz, blues, and classical music. I employ methods taught to me at Berklee College of music and Duquesne University.

Lilli L. Sacramento, CA

About Me

Hi there my name is Lilli.

I began piano lessons at the age of 3 and have been playing ever since. I have taken 5 semesters of music and jazz theory at American River College and am currently studying under instructor and pianist Tatiana Scott.I take a mult-faceted approach to my teaching. I stress correct form/hand posture (imperative for proper and efficient playing and for protecting the muscles of the hands/wrists), I teach student's to read music (both by note recognition and intervallic reading) and I often mix in ear-training exercises. I'm also available to transcribe music for the student should he or she wish to learn a specific song (if sheet music is not available.)

Whether it's a hobby or perhaps some day a serious endeavor, I welcome all students and coordinate with them based on their goals and learning style. Music practice takes time and diligence but it should always be fun!

I've been teaching for roughly 6 years now and have taught ages 5 and up.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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I am pretty laid back and think above all, music should be enjoyable! Mixing the fun stuff with practicing and scales is key. I expect students to be able to keep their lessons and dedicate time to practicing but I move at your pace, not mine. I am willing to reschedule time permitting. Absences due to illness and personal emergencies will be excused. Please give me ample notice :o)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano, contemporary piano, pop, beginning jazz, songwriting, classic rock

Art P. Sacramento, CA

About Me

Hey! I've been playing guitar and performing for about 20 years. I love rock/pop/metal/punk/country so that's what I focus on when I teach. I've toured around the US and Canada, my bands have performed at The Vans Warped Tour, Journey's Backyard BBQ, NAMM, and South By Southwest. I have performed with the following: Escape The Fate, The Used, Falling in Reverse, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Karmin, Eve6, Switchfoot, Milo Greene, Family of the Year, Toshi Yanagi (Jimmy Kimmel Band), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Lindsey Pavao (The Voice on NBC).

I am mostly self taught but did take formal lessons with Tommy Armstrong-Leavitt at Skips music in Sacramento. I also went to school and received my A.A. in Music from American River College.

Currently I play guitar with my band Hero's Last Mission. I'm endorsed by Presonus Audio, CAD Audio, IK Multimedia and Tronical Tuners.

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My teaching style is very laid back. Music should be fun!

I like to find out what my students want to get out of their instrument. Weather it's being able to play along with what they hear on the radio or becoming the next Slash. My job is to set you on the right path and make goals to get you to where you want to be!

The fundamentals and basics are very important but it's also good to just be able to jam! I try and make lessons a good mixture of the two so you never get bored with playing scales and theory.

Let the fun begin!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated lesson room/Studio. Recording equipment. Instruments. I have a guitar, amps, recording console.

Seating for parents in living room. I have 3 dogs but they will be in a different room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a guitar, amps, drums, recording console.
Students must have guitar, drums, or some recording device to practice and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Rock/Pop Guitar
Rock/Pop Songwriting
Rock/Pop/Acoustic Recording

Kevin B.

Sacramento, CA
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Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA
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Raquela B.

Elk Grove, CA
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Kevin B. Sacramento, CA

About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin and I am a pianist, vocalist, and instrument connoisseur. I have been playing the piano since I was 10 and taught myself how to play by ear. Growing up in a church environment I first taught myself gospel and later jazz. I personally love jazz, and this is one of my areas of strength. It wasn't until I was about 16 years old, while attending my first college, that I started exploring music in depth and as a potential career. As I started to delve deeper, I began to compose and have had some ensemble groups perform my pieces. I have arranged pieces for choirs and accompanied them as well. I also play guitar and bass guitar. As a well rounded musician I can teach you how to play the piano, how to learn music theory, how to compose and the beginning levels of guitar and voice.

I've been teaching and tutoring music students for about 5 years now. I've always loved and enjoyed music, and want to share that same joy through teaching. I started teaching by tutoring my peers in college and realized how rewarding it is. I then started to include students of all ages while continuing my education. I have a knack for music theory as well, this is typically a challenging area for most people, and I find it extremely important for a growing musician. I've been teaching choirs and bands in multiple school districts over the past 2 years, and I love working with children especially. I have conducted my community college choirs, along with their concert band, and orchestra. My true passion lies in conducting as I am a classical pianist with an ultimate goal as a conductor in my future.

I am currently attending college to obtain a bachelor's degree in music, with my emphasis on collaborative piano, conducting, and composition. I have been taught from coast to coast, while gathering much more in between. I previously attended Bard College at Simons Rock (Great Barrington, Massachusetts) at the Age of 15, then moved back to California at the age of 17. I currently attend Cosumnes River College and have plans to transfer this fall to a major four year university to complete my bachelors degree. Presently, I work for the Sacramento Unified School District as a Piano Teacher and Choir Accompanist.

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In first meeting with a student I like to establish realistic short term goals, along with an overall goal in mind. Say nothing and teaching them everything. I like to promote a learning style of self-found knowledge. The best way to make something stick, is to discover it yourself. I like to see the "light bulb" effect in my students. Children seem to learn best when a lesson plan is catered to them, and when teaching is shown physically. Adolescence and adults tend to learn from a more technical stand point, with the emphasis on "how it works." My goal is to fuel a students thirst for the instrument and music as a whole. Depending on the student, and their goals, we can have a lesson ranging from really fun and easy going lesson to something a bit stricter that will keep up their progression and focus. I am a very patient person and have experience with ALL ages and ALL types of people.

I use a lot of different materials during lessons. Typically each of my students will have about 2 books at a time, one for the instrument and technique, and the other for theory. Though I love to cover many bases and provide the most knowledge to each of my students, it is also a priority to make sure that the knowledge is affordable. For that reason, I try to stick with more commonly used, easily accessible, and affordable books from publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred, and G. Schirmer.

Within 2 or 3 months my students can look forward to having clear knowledge in the basics of their instrument(s) along with the theory behind the music. I will continue to keep an open line of communication with my students to ensure that I am meeting their goals, encourage questions, and ensuring their progress forward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard and Amp
Bass Guitar
Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Gospel, Jazz, Classical, and Pop in both piano and performance. I specialize in Jazz. Pop. and Classical Music Theory. I specialize in Pop and Jazz Bass Guitar and Guitar. I specialize in Gospel, Contemporary, and Jazz voice. In songwriting I specialize in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Choral.

Gaw V. Sacramento, CA

About Me

Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and currently working on her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Shady Lady, JB lounge and Capital Garage. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and a season with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.

She is a currently a graduate assistant and the new director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She also teaches privately in Sacramento and Roseville.

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"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."

Raquela B. Elk Grove, CA

About Me

I am an all-round Singer-songwriter, vocalist and performer. I teach from my humble small home here in Elk Grove, CA. I grew up right here in South Sacramento where I started singing solos in church choirs, playing guitar and songwriting since the age of 9. I studied opera (at BIOLA University) for 3 years then receive my B.F.A. in Music and Theatre from California State University of Irvine (Southern California). I moved onward and upward playing several leading roles on Broadway (New York City) for 18 years. Before that I performed in Japan, Brazil and all over parts of the Caribbean and South America. I also sung and performed at Universal Studios Florida and Disney World. My extended biography consists of being a 5 time Billboard Dance music charter, a voting member of the Grammy's, a Former Miss Orange County (Miss California/America Organization), I'm also a 12 times "Best Actress" Off Broadway/Regional/Stock (NYC) and I am a recognized Obie Nominated artist for writing the "Best Electronica Musical". I am also a member of ASCAP and AEA.

I teach One hour lessons, once a week only.

I believe that only some people on this earth were born to sing and that gift should be guided carefully, but I also believe that EVERYONE should learn to sing no matter what. Like getting good sleep, exercising and having a good diet, learning to sing is a must if you want a healthy, full life. I am NOT a coach. I am a teacher. Yes, there is a difference. I am very good at breaking down the voice and identifying the student's strengths and weaknesses using various exercises. I prefer to work with the students voice first before working on their performance skills (presentation of song). I am very patient, fun, enthusiastic, high energy and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support the basic skills: sight-reading (pitch and tone) and vocal control (posture/breathing). I have about 10 years of experience in teaching kids and adults privately.
C'mon! Lets sing!

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 Sacramento 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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