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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Tucson

Adam T.

Tucson, AZ
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Ian Z.

Tucson, AZ
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Lourdes C.

Tucson, AZ
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Adam T. Tucson, AZ

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most interested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance techniques, recording skills, and classical composition. Whether you want to learn to play songs from your favorite band, rock out with awesome guitar solos, play beautiful spanish guitar pieces, or write you masterpiece, I can help you realize your musical dreams. My goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians to get the most out of their instrument, and foster a life long love of music that can enrich their lives and the world around them.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher with a diverse and serious knowledge of music. I truly love music and inspiring new or continuing musicians. I can adapt my lessons to the student so that if you have professional goals I will do my best to challenge and help you to reach them, or if you are a child who is just beginning I will do my best to teach you in a fun and relaxed manner that keeps you excited to come back and learn more the next week. No matter what the age or skill level I take my job very seriously, and try to make the process seriously fun.
If the students is interested in reading standard music notation I teach from the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series, which are the books of choice for countless music instructors. After 3 to 6 months most students have finished at least the first book in the series and can read and play simple songs easily.
If you are interested in reading tablature or chord charts, I have many lesson plans from years of experience that can quickly teach you how to play everything from simple folk songs and popular music to complex Jimi Hendrix solos.
If you are interested in classical guitar, or vocals I start with books of simple spanish guitar etudes and can work with you all the way up to complex advanced works from Segovia and the other masters. In a few months, even beginning students can play beautiful pieces that will impress family and friends.
If you are a banjo student I teach from the Hal Leonard Banjo Method series. I can work with simple clawhammer techniques, or more complex bluegrass methods. In a few months most students can play many simple country and folk songs.
If you are a vocal student I can teach anything from rock/country styles, to showtunes and classical techniques. In a few months I can show how to sing and breath correctly, and help learn how to read music and train your ears to sing in tune.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice room, amps, and the paper to write down the lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the necessary equipment, guitars, banjos, amps, etc. I expect the student to have their own instrument, but I can provide something for the lesson like an amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any genre or method. I base the lessons on the students desires and abilities, not on any predetermined plan I may have. I can teach in standard notation, tablature, chord charts, or improvisational methods. I can also teach songwriting, performance/recording techniques, and classical composition.

Ian Z. Tucson, AZ

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my teacher profile. Here's a little bit about me and how I can help you become the musician you want to be.

I started playing the guitar at age 17. I was being paid to play guitar and hand drums for dance classes at his college by the age of 19, and was hired on to the guitar faculty of the Fairmount School of Music at the age of 24. I realized that I'd gotten good only partially through short bursts of discipline lasting up to 6 weeks or so before I had to relax and just have fun for a while, and that for most people, year-round discipline was impossible due to temperament or other demands on people's time. These observations led me to boil down a teaching approach I summarize like this: "The more you have your guitar in your lap, the better player you're going to become. The best way to keep the guitar in your lap is to be playing things that are fun. For you. While it is essential to have a certain amount of technique in order to have fun playing guitar, it's a mistake to always consider it a matter of primary importance. There are things to be learned through hours of enjoying the guitar that cannot be taught." I try to find what makes people have fun on the guitar and from there it's much easier to tackle weaknesses and maintain strengths.

Right around the same time as I started working at FSM, I embarked on a 4-year-long course of classical guitar study with Jason Vieaux, who shortly became (and remains) one of the top classical performing artists in the world. Mr. Vieaux provided me with loads of problem-solving tools that he uses to this day to help people of all levels get better and have more fun on the guitar.

In 2004, as a guitarist in a band with a pianist but no bass player I found it sometimes more desirable to the music to have a bass than a guitar, so I bought a bass and started performing on it right away, using techniques already learned from classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, with necessary adjustments and application of music theory. The bass proved to be much more fun than I had imagined and I have incorporated regular practice of the instrument into my musical regimens, as well as playing dozens of studio dates on the bass and performing in multiple bands.

My teaching techniques are effective--many of the teens I taught in the 90's and 2000's are pro's now themselves, some with record contracts, others with conservatory degrees, some with a large student rosters of their own. My students have opened for or otherwise shared the stage with Santana, Jethro Tull, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Maroon 5, The String Cheese Incident, and more. You can see a few of my former students performing in my profile pictures. The first one you see is Brian C., who studied with me from about age 12 to age 16. This is a picture of him with his band "The Bottom Dollars" playing in Brooklyn June 26, 2012. The next one you see is a pic of Craig B. playing with his band "Turkuaz" , and the next one has a picture of two of my students in it, Loren S. and Max S. who are in a signed band called "Signals Midwest."

Not that you have to have aspirations of being a pro like these guys! Most people just want to have fun and get better at the instrument, but do know that I can help you make it if you want to take it all the way. Thanks for reading this far; I look forward to working with you! --Ian Z.

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of instrument, students are asked to have a spiral-bound, 8.5"x11" college ruled notebook, a USB flash drive, and a tuner/metronome. Ian recommends the Korg TM-40. Books are decided upon depending on the student's instrument, goals, age and sometimes other factors. Plan on learning the songs you want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home professional studio has a full Pro Tools set up w/ 7 guitars, 2 basses, 5 amps, mics w/ seating for parents.
Ramsey's pianos has a windowed studio with an electric guitar amp. Parents are welcome to wait in the piano showroom or sit in on the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, Acoustic Steel String fingerstyle (esp. British Isles Folk), Acoustic Steel String pickstyle, Electric and Acoustic Rock.

Lourdes C. Tucson, AZ

Subjects Taught

ACT, ACT English, Acting, ACT Reading, ACT Test Prep, American Government, American History, American Literature, Anthropology, AP English, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Government and Politics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Archaeology, Art History, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, College Admissions, Creative Writing, Dance, English, English Literature, ESL, Essay Writing, European History, Film Acting, Film Studies, French, German, Grammar, GRE, Guitar, History, Humanities, Improv Acting, International Business, Language, Life Science, Linguistics, Literature, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Philosophy, Phonics, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physical Science, Physiology, Poetry, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Religious Studies, Science, Singing, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Speech, Statistics, Study Skills, Test Prep, Theater Acting, TOEFL, Vocabulary, World History, Writing

About Me

I have been tutoring and teaching for twenty years for private students as well as at academic institutions (University of Arizona, Southern Mississippi, Phoenix, Capella, and Pima and Gulf Coast Community Colleges. In sessions, I find out what the student really needs and help them achieve realistic goals through thorough evaluation, pacing and persistent challenge. No matter what level of achievement is desired, I customize a lesson plan and learning regimen and guide the student to cross transformational thresholds. I look for and draw out the potential in students and help them achieve the competency they need to be independent learners and succeed in their endeavors professionally and personally.

*** Lesson Details ***
First 90 minutes is evaluation and introduction to principles
Subsequent sessions are training in skills with assignments
After six weeks, there is a performance evaluation for performing arts (recital or scheduled performance)

*** Specialties ***
Gutar and voice (bel canto)
Linguistics
Field Research, Logic and Critical Thinking
Literary and Film Criticism
French and German
Anthropology
Film, Sound and Stage Production
Songwriting
Research writing, critical analysis

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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 Tucson 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 teaching ...

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