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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near South Pasadena

Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA
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Bobby A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jordan R. Monrovia, CA

Songwriting is an art as well as a craft. In my lessons, I cover basic song structures in a variety of styles including blues, pop, rock, country, and jazz, lyrical content, melodic phrasing, and telling a story. Guitar is my preferred instrument for these lessons, so a background in basic guitar fundamentals is recommended, although some introductory guitar can be included with these lessons.

About Jordan

I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

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Hilarie H. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)
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Lisa D. July 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and lessons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
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Dave D. July 21, 2014
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I have played in bands, recorded music, and taken a few lessons with Jordan in the past. He is without a doubt, one of the most gifted musicians I have ever had the pleasure to work with. In addition, he is a very patient and attentive teacher and caters his teaching to suit the needs/abilities of the student. I highly recommend Jordan for lessons on multiple instruments, you won't be disappointed.
Bobby A. Los Angeles, CA

Have you wanted to write your own music? I have a degree in composition (classical, jazz, pop, songwriting, and arranging; piano and vocal focus); I write and teach primarily for piano, voice, and strings. And of course there are dozens of styles and instruments at your disposal; the rules and options are endless, and I can guide you as you explore and make music.

Composition & Songwriting instruction includes:
-- songwriting & song structure: writing a good chorus, telling a story with verses
-- lyrics and storytelling
-- arranging / orchestration / instrumentation / parts
-- classical, pop, Broadway, radio, singer-songwriter, strings, piano, vocals, band, Garage Band, and more
-- composition: form, style; soundtracks and scoring

About Bobby

I'm a piano teacher, pianist, composer, songwriter, singer, and lifetime music lover in beautiful Los Angeles, California. I began playing piano at age 7 and was forever smitten with learning music!

I progressed rapidly and by high school I was winning multiple competitions and talent shows and performed as a featured artist with local youth orchestras in Corpus Christi, Texas. When I was 16, I began teaching piano and music theory to my peers and to kids. Then it was off to Austin where at the University of Texas I studied composition (piano principal under Dr. Betty Mallard) and wrote and arranged for keys (of course) as well as voice, strings, and choral groups I sang in.

I'm a fun, laid-back person and my teaching style reflects that. However I thrive on doing things ...

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Scott S. October 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I took a 35+ year break from piano lessons and was a little nervous to attempt it again. But Bobby made me feel very comfortable right off the bat and has been a great instructor. Very personable and extremely patient (and I'm sure my indelicate pounding has taxed that patience at times). His studio is well set-up and comfortable, and he really knows what he is talking about. Highly recommended!
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deb K. January 6, 2014
Piano
talented, patient instructor that is fun to be around

Had a great time with Bobby! He is a talented man with a lot to give.

Bobby patiently guided me through the basics of piano. He answered every question calmly and thoughtfully, from the basic "where does my hand go again?" to "who invented the piano?" He tailored the lesson for me as we went and was a pleasure to be with. Not intimidating, but you still have a lot of respect for him and his craft. It's cathartic playing piano, since it's another way to connect your mind and body.

I highly recommend taking lessons with him! I bet he'd work really well with kids too.
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veronica O. January 6, 2014
Piano
Bobby is a great teacher

I Just started taking lessons with Bobby Apperson and I am having a great time! I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I just didn't know where to start. I would look up videos on Youtube just to learn to play the songs I liked but it was very difficult since I knew next to nothing about the instrument. Bobby has taught me that playing piano is so much more than tapping away at the keys, he is very attentive that I learn things the right way, and he takes the time to explain concepts I don't understand. He encourages me to ask all the questions I want never making me feel dull. I would recommend anyone to have Bobby Apperson as your teacher. Especially if you are a beginner like me. :)
Crystal S. Los Angeles, CA

Having written songs all her life, Crystal now coaches beginners through the process of generating their own work. She has done this in individual tutoring sessions, as well as in Rock the Classroom - a songwriting/literacy course for grades 3-6.

About Crystal

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and ...

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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Stacey N. February 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful person and excellent instruction

I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!

Lucas G.

Los Angeles, CA
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Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA
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Seth W.

Los Angeles, CA
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Lucas G. Los Angeles, CA

I am a professional songwriter who is signed to a national record label. Check out my projects Grandfather Child and the New Mercies to hear my songwriting styles. Although these projects lean more on rock and RnB, I can teach many different genres.

About Lucas

Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it.

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I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials.

I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc)

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I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/salsa and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production.

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Mary Ann G. Pasadena, CA

I have been writing music since I was a little girl. I can help you with your song structure musical lines and content. I have helped many students complete and record their original music. I can help you with your personal style and help you expand and explore your creativity/ideas.

About Mary Ann

I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording.

CD. Her influences included, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin.

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Angela L. July 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher!!! She makes my lesson easy and fun to learn. I love her and want to keep learning guitar skills from her!
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Lilian L. June 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter started lesson with Mary Ann about two months ago. I have heard nothing but positive comments from my daughter about the teacher. My daughter started off with voice lesson and is now adding Ukulele and guitar lesson as well. Thumbs up!
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Mary Ann G. November 20, 2013
Ukulele
TOO MUCH FUN!

I had a great experience! Started playing the Uke right away.
Learned 2 songs and 6 chords, and how to tune my very first lesson.
She makes the work fun. Totally recommend!!!
Seth W. Los Angeles, CA

I can teach you how to take your song idea and build it into a full fledged song. Simple things like just taking that cool riff or chord progression and turning it into an actual song are made easier through repetition and learning to identify which part of the song it may be (intro, verse, pre chorus, chorus, bridge, solo section, outro, etc.). Also matching melodies to chords and vice versa and using the proper guitar tone so your song can shine are all things I can help you with. I can also help you find inspiration via subject matter or just give you some ideas as to where you may draw inspiration from, as well as from what direction to approach your lyrical content.

About Seth

I've taught students of all ages everything from popular songs to music theory, technique, all aspects of performing and bands, gear and equipment knowledge and much more.

I approach every student differently and give them goals to reach that will help them in moving forward with their playing and musical knowledge. I make the lessons as enjoyable as possible, mixing taking the music seriously which is essential with a great sense of humor that is also essential. Playing music is supposed to be fun! I will help you reach your goals and have the best time doing so.

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Seth W. June 13, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Seth is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. He uses his trained ear and skill in music theory to guide you through the instrument and constantly encourages you to try new things. He is very patient and is always willing to help you understand the lessons or techniques at hand. I thoroughly enjoyed having him as a teacher and would recommend anyone sign up with him - Seth is the best!

-Ed C., former student from TG School of Music, Goshen IN
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Seth W. June 13, 2014
Guitar · In studio
My name is Lenny W. and I am a guitar instructor at Musicians Institute. I have worked at the school for 15 years and seen many students come and go. Seth attended several of my classes for six months and also have seen him perform many times in the live performance workshop during his time at MI. Seth is a great person, and an accomplished guitarist. In his time at the school he was an exemplary student and developed greatly. I believe Seth would be a great teacher and endorse him for any position he applies for. Sincerely - Lenny W., MI Instructor

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