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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Saint Louis

Angela H.

Hazelwood, MO
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Barry S.

Saint Louis, MO
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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO
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Angela H. Hazelwood, MO

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Country Singing, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Hi! My name is Angela, and I teach private piano, voice, and theory lessons. I love teaching, and have taught many ages (4 to 92) and ability levels (novice to advanced). I am a dependable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic teacher. I offer lessons for 30, 45, or 60-minute weekly sessions in my music studio. I do not offer bi-weekly lessons or lessons in the student's home.

I started playing piano at age seven when my mother enrolled me in lessons. I have been playing ever since, and I absolutely love it. I began teaching private piano lessons in 2004, and have taught many thousands of lessons since that time. I have experience accompanying choirs, instrumentalists, and vocalists, as well as playing as a soloist in various piano competitions and recitals. I recently began taking lessons in jazz piano, a genre I never learned much about. I believe it is never too late to learn something new, and I am excited to start this new chapter of my musical life and to use this new knowledge to enhance my own teaching.

My love of singing began in my freshman year of high school, when I joined the choir. It was a life-changing experience, and inspired me to make music my career. I immediately began taking private voice lessons, and became a voice teacher myself by 2005. While in college, I was presented with many opportunities to learn and grow, both as a musician and as a teacher. I sang in several different collegiate choirs, and was nominated to be in the all-collegiate choir in 2007. I also passed yearly auditions to sing in Voices Only, Lindenwood's most advanced vocal group. During my junior and senior years at Lindenwood, I worked as the assistant director of Voices Only. This was a wonderful opportunity, and I learned so much while leading warm-ups every day, running sectionals on a weekly basis, directing the group during rehearsals and even during performances when the director was away. I currently sing in the Saint Louis Harmony Chorus, one of the top 25 women's barbershop choruses in the world. I am on the music faculty of the chorus, and am also the baritone section leader. I also sing in an award-winning barbershop quartet called Executive Sweets.

*** Lesson Details ***
Making music is a skill which can bring lifelong joy to the musician as well as everyone around them. While I can easily ensure that my students enjoy music-making while they are taking lessons, my ultimate goal is that students continue to want to make music throughout their entire life, even after they stop taking lessons. I firmly believe that my job as a teacher is to train my students to be independent and self-sufficient musicians, musicians who do not need to take piano lessons for the rest of their life. My ultimate goal with each student is that one day I can tell them that they don't need me anymore. Many teachers teach by rote, playing a passage to a student and then having the student play it back. Though this method is helpful in some situations, students who are taught in this manner often find that they are only able to play the songs taught to them in lessons, and that to learn a new song they must have a teacher by their side showing them how the song goes. In my lessons, however, students are taught to learn their own music though sight-reading, ear-training, music theory, and listening to and critiquing their own playing. Over time, this allows the student more and more freedom to make music without a teacher.

In my piano lessons I use the Faber's fabulous Piano Adventures series. In my opinion, they are the best books on the market, emphasizing reading by intervals as opposed to memorizing note names. This method minimizes student frustration while also decreasing the amount of time it takes a student to read a new song. Piano Adventures also focuses on developing sight reading and ear training skills, something most developing musicians don't study until college-level music courses. All of my piano students have the opportunity to play "€œfun songs,"€ that is, songs which may not be in their regular lesson books, but which the student truly has the desire to learn. These extra songs are always optional for the student, and the choice of song is always up to the student. Fun songs can be of any genre: Classical (Für Elise, Clair de Lune, Moonlight Sonata), Jazz (Linus and Lucy, The Pink Panther, The Entertainer), Popular (Clocks, Don€™t Stop Believin€™, Great Balls of Fire), or any song that suits the student€™s interest (songs from video games, favorite TV shows or movies, folk tunes, etc). The fun song will typically be more challenging than the rest of the student€™s pieces, and helps to retain student interest and, when learned, is something the student can really be proud of accomplishing.

Vocal students are not required to purchase a curriculum for voice lessons, as lessons are based around the fundamentals of singing (breath support, head/chest voice, tone, and diction) and focused on each student€™s desired repertoire. Students will be working on two songs at any given time. The first song is entirely of the student€™s choosing, while the other will be chosen by the student from the vast stores of generally accepted vocal repertoire. This second song can be an aria, art song, or Broadway piece, and the student may choose from a variety of languages (English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Latin) in which to sing. Each lesson also includes warm-ups tailored to each student to develop technique and expand range, and a short theory or ear training session. Depending on student interest, these lessons may also include work on improvisation, composing, and musical dictation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My home is a split-level, with my private living area above and my music studio below. There is a waiting area just outside the music studio, as well as a half-bath specifically designated for students and parents. The studio itself contains a piano and organ, my personal music library, and additional seating for parents. There is a full-length mirror for vocal students to watch their performance skills grow, and a gumball machine for when younger students have an exceptionally good lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Sight reading!
Solfege
Takadimi
Ear training

Barry S. Saint Louis, MO

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

There is no one too young or too old to have fun in music. My professional life as a working musician and private instructor is based on that idea. There is no one too good to learn something new, so every day something new needs to be learned. And no one too old to have a great time playing music!

My instructors from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass, my Alma Mater, gave that encouragement to me, and I pass that on to my students.

My experience has also shown me that, as those better than me teach me much, I also love to share whatever I learn that will give my students the same joy that I have received learning and playing music.

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I have a laid back approach with my students that allows them to be aware of what is expected of them without taking away the fun of getting there.

As I emphasize playing music as being fun, reading and theory(being goals to achieve) will be worked on next to the students choice of one song/tune each lesson that they want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in living room; 1 six-string and 2 four-string electric basses, electric upright, acoustic six-string guitar, cables/amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basses and/or guitar, depending on the students needs. Amp may also be supplied.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach range from Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, and Jazz. Each of those genres are inclusive of Reading, Writing, and Performance technique.

Richard D. Saint Louis, MO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.

Michael H.

Saint Louis, MO
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO
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Olivia F.

Saint Louis, MO
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Michael H. Saint Louis, MO

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Active musician performing live and in the studio.
Band leader
Born and raised in St Louis, lived in CA 1983-2009, now in St Louis since June 2010
Completed guitar courses at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and received scholarship for music study at Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, CA
Taught individual lessons at Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA.
Guitarist for The Crossing - Newport Beach CA, Calvalry Costa Mesa CA, Sand Canyon Church Irvine CA (acoustic and electric)
Music Arts and general education at Meramec Community College in St. Louis, MO.
I use Line 6 guitar amps, Fender amps and various efx, Fender Strat
I have worked as a product specialist and regional manager for PRS Guitars, Gallien-Krueger Bass Amplification, Line 6, D'Addario & Co.
Musical Director for The Kids from AtoZ and TnT teens in Orange County CA during 2008-2010(a singing and dance group of kids from age 5-19)
I am capable of teaching all ages and getting results that will have you playing guitar or bass for fun or a career.
I also tutor bands in preparing energetic entertaining shows
Additional experience with pro-audio, video, stage lighting and DJ gear.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach you all the latest songs by any of your favorite artists; Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, any classic rock or metal songs you love, even Taylor Swift. Every lesson you take gets you closer to your goal of being a guitarist or bassist. I can help you enjoy your practicing by showing you how to make the most of 5,10, 15 min or more of practice time. I know you want to play guitar or bass for fun. There are no tests in playing music; just fun times playing. In addition, If you want to read music and understand music theory I can also help you reach that goal, your choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Line 6 POD, DT25 amp, Stratocaster, Line 6 VariAx
Fender amps, MXR Dyna Comp, Cry Baby Wah

*** Travel Equipment ***
Line 6 POD, DT25 amp, Stratocaster, Line 6 VariAx
Jeep Liberty

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Electric Bass. Metal, Classic Rock, Alternative Rock, Blues. I enjoy and will teach any style of music.

Ryan B. Saint Louis, MO

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Ukulele

About Me

I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading mixed with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!

Olivia F. Saint Louis, MO

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Celtic Flute, Composition, Ear Training, Film Scoring, Flute, Music Theory, Paper Crafts, Piano, Scrapbooking, Songwriting

About Me

I have been providing private lessons and services in music and the arts for over a decade. I love my job! My philosophy of teaching is as follows: "Express your soul. Perfect your skill. Transform your world." I believe that every individual has something worth saying and the capacity to make a unique impact on the world. However, the better skilled one is, the more profound and extensive this impact will be. I am here to help you be a better you, through music and the arts!

I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Over the past decade, I have taught private music lessons, performed in international and classical music groups, scored the music for professional films and served as a piano accompanist to choirs and soloists. I have also worked as a paper crafter for wedding needs and my work has been sold in craft stores.

I would be delighted to work with you.

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