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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Seattle

Kelly A.

Seattle, WA
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Evan G.

Seattle, WA
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John Paul S.

Seattle, WA
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Kelly A. Seattle, WA

Learn how to write songs, develop songwriting ideas, improve your lyrics, and discover new and interesting ways to compose music. Learn how to write the songs down (in music notation) so you can play them with other musicians. Learn to transcribe songs that you like (pick up by ear) and use them for inspiration.

About Kelly

After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/ pop piano to pop/ rock/ jazz singing, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info.... **In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and just finished a new album of some jazz, folk, and original music. **I perform in New York City and Seattle, and I tour with my band a few times each year **I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to ...

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Brian M. January 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly knows her stuff and is so easy and fun to work with. I couldn't imagine better.
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Marie B. November 27, 2014
Kelly is a wonderful teacher! She is extremely knowledgeable about music. She helped me raise my grades in my music theory classes. I learned so much about building my repertoire and using different techniques in order to sing songs in a unique way. I would absolutely recommend taking any kind of music lessons from Kelly because of her knowledge and her ability to communicate the concept. Anyone will become a better musician when learning from Kelly.
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Greg B. July 19, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
We've only had 2 lessons so far, but I can say Kelly is a fantastic teacher. I've learned and grown as a singer already.
Evan G. Seattle, WA

Basically, songwriting is the result of life experience/perspective and musical influence. What you listen to and how you see the world has an enormous impact on what you create as a songwriter. This will be a big topic of discussion in our lessons to ensure that your songs are genuine and powerful.

Beginners-
First, what is your instrument and your skill level as a player and singer? If you haven't had much experience singing and playing an instrument, we'll have to start there. We will first improve your skills as a vocalist and instrumentalist, then coordinate those skills by singing and playing songs that already exist. We will discuss and examine your influences and songs/song ideas of your own, if you have them. Establishing your voice as an artist is our number one priority. We will study songs and artists of many different genres and by example, you will create your own ideas in these styles.

Intermediate-
You know a fair amount of cover songs, have songs of your own,

About Evan

Hello Students! My name is Evan G and I've been teaching for nearly 15 years. I was raised by music educators and began playing guitar at age six. I do it all; performing, writing, recording, building and teaching (guitar, voice, ukulele, music theory, live performance, etc). I have a Bachelors in Music from Cornish College of the Arts (2003-2007) and I've studied and performed with many great musicians from all over the world. My teaching methods begin with your goals and your needs as a musician. I will get you there. Sincerely, Evan G. My main areas of expertise are Jazz, Latin, Blues, Funk and Rock. Guitar and bass students will begin with a fundamental foundation of scales, chords, rhythms and theory that will fully prepare them for whichever direction they choose to go. ...

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McKayla H. September 13, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I'm brand new to guitar, and Evan was recommended by a friend. He came out to my house and gave me my very first lessons and they were great! I'm a slow learner, and he has been super supportive! I think I'm getting the hang of this...thanks Evan!!!
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Michael B. September 13, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I'm an intermediate guitar player looking to move forward, and with Evan, even after just a handful of lessons, I made serious strides with my playing. A very talented guitar player, an acute listener, and a very patient teacher. I highly recommend him.
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Hal S. August 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have found /Evan to be very easy to relate to. He listens to what you have to say, and tailors his instruction to your level and your goals. He very obviously knows what he is doing and is able to relate that to his instruction.
John Paul S. Seattle, WA

Having published over 25 original works of music, I can help you take your songwriting to the next level!

About John Paul

I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons. My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the last decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning ...

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Elyse N. December 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
John Paul is an amazingly talented artist (performer, writer, teacher, singer, producer, composer, director...the list is seriously too long). We have worked together as professional singers, and I have collaborated with him on an album that he wrote/produced/recorded/edited himself. He is a kind and inspiring person who LOVES music more than anything in the world. I wholeheartedly recommend him to students of all ages who want to find and express their creative voice in the world.
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RUTHI L. March 15, 2014
Singing
Best teacher ever

JP has been teaching Mya for almost 2 years (since she was 6 years old) and Mya has been loving each lesson, can't wait for the next one, and has grown in many ways, that have exceeded our expectations.
JP is extremely patient, always positive, and knows how to reinforce the confidence whenever needed, provide clues for improvement that are very useful and positive. JP is an outstanding teacher.
The lessons are always a good mix of warming up, theory, singing, expressing emotions, new creations and also recording.
JP brings the best out of Mya, and makes her feel that he is also enjoying it.

Katie Ilen Y.

Seattle, WA
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Dan H.

Issaquah, WA
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Kay E.

Seattle, WA
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Katie Ilen Y. Seattle, WA

Ilen has been writing songs for 18 years. She can help you write songs from start to finish, refine songs, & even record your originals.

About Katie Ilen

*** Specialties *** Contemporary ear training, speech-level singing, songwriting, rock, r &b, soul, gospel, musical theatre, Beginning classical, Voice

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Eric K. April 19, 2014
Singing
Great Teacher!

Katie Ilen is an amazing singer with a knack for teaching. She is patient, kind, informative and highly skilled. My daughter loves her and talks about her all the time. After taking lessons with Katie my daughter has gotten so much better it is surprising. Katie also incorporates recording into her lessons and now we have 2 adorable recordings of my daughter singing. Priceless! Highly recommended!
Dan H. Issaquah, WA

As someone who has composed over fifty songs, and has recorded several studio albums, I will teach you the techniques to compose songs of your own. I will teach you to not only hear music but to understand music, to fully understand the language of music.

About Dan

With more than twenty years experience as a choir director and vocal artist, I have worked extensively in studio and on stage. I have participated in numerous studio recordings, concerts, festivals, radio- and TV broadcasts. I have performed in big musical events such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, before the Latvian Government, as an instructor and conductor at international choir festivals such as Copenhagen Gospel Festival and Krakow Gospel Festival, and as a participant in Clash of the Choirs (TV 4, Sweden). I have started a music school, Common Ground Choir Academy in Issaquah, WA. *** Lesson Details *** Whether giving a voice or piano lesson, my lessons will actually be useful. You will see noticeable improvements from lesson to lesson. I do not waste time. Some of ...

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David D. August 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
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Dan is terrific, an excellent singing/voice instructor. I cannot say enough good things about him!
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Dan T. May 28, 2014
Gospel Singing · In studio
Dan is a top grade professional in every way. There are few people that are more passionate and committed to their purpose in Life. Dan goes above and beyond for people to ensure their success in life. He is incredibly gifted, patient and successful in teaching and training and encouraging people in their talents and their gifting. 
I can’t recommend anyone more than Dan. Dan was patient, thorough, and kept his people informed and positive through the ups and downs of the entire process. He was well liked by everyone. He is both a leader and a supportive team member. In addition, Dan is a delightful person who makes everyone’s life better by his presence. Again I give him a strong recommendation. I cannot say enough great things about Dan. He is extremely polished and professional. He has a can-do attitude, and is always going the extra mile.
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Sophia D. April 16, 2014
Vocal Training
Verified Student
Insightful, challenging, and enjoyable lessons!

Starting voice lessons was new territory for me; though I had been in choir, I hadn't had lessons that pushed me individually before. I was looking for detailed, content-rich instruction that challenged me, which I found in Dan's lessons!

Each lesson, though only a half-hour long in my case, includes new concepts that can be immediately applied for better singing! His approach is multidimensional, addressing pitch, tone, quality, and breathing at an intensity that varies according to skill level. Dan has experience in numerous styles and is able to offer apt tutoring to all of them. He has a unique ability to break down and explain concepts in singing so that they are tangible and attainable.

We have worked on pop, jazz, and folk so far, and in each area, I learned a bajillion new things! Dan's enthusiasm and knowledge combined with his engaging teaching style will benefit anyone who wants to improve their voice. I absolutely recommend Dan as a voice teacher!
Kay E. Seattle, WA

Songwriting is different than composition. The main difference would be that songwriting combines lyrics with musical accompaniment in harmonizing the two. Also, songwriting is synonymous with pop music whereas composition is not.

Despite this broad explanation, songwriting is as rewarding as composing. After learning some theory and songwriting form, I can guarantee that you'll be surprised with your new craft.

About Kay

Indeed as a kid, I was simply blown away as to how music showcases almost endless stimulating possibilities. This in terms of structure, different genres, discordance, harmony, tamber, melody and rhythm. For it would be these very profound attributes noticed back then that sustain me today. As a young aspiring musician, "universal" would be last words out of an poor observers mouth. This especially when describing my several attempts in playing speed metal on my sisters viola. It would be these sort of behaviors that summoned my father to buy his resourceful son a electric guitar and amp. The rest was history. A history plagued with disturbing reverberations along my parents bedroom walls and garage doors. This while placing a heavy burden on their pocket books in begging for ...

Songwriting With TakeLessons

TakeLessons offers private in-studio and in-home Songwriting in Seattle and nearby areas. Learn how write songs by working with a qualified TakeLessons instructor. Review Seattle Songwriting teacher profiles and contact a friendly TakeLessons student counselor by phone or email for assistance with scheduling your Songwriting lessons.

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 Seattle 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 like ...

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