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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Wayne

Benjamin C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Mark S.

Philadelphia, PA
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Benjamin K.

Glenside, PA
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Benjamin C. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I am 25 years old, a San Diego native displaced on the East Coast for the past 13 years who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.

I have a masters degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the Frost School of Music in the University of Miami and bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University. My main instrument is bass but I have years of performance and teaching experience on piano and guitar as well. I have been teaching music in classes, camps, and privately for over 6 years. Two of those years were as an employee with TakeLessons. During that time I taught over 100 different students and averaged about 40 private students a week.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is a shared art, one that demands an emphasis on community. I also believe that teaching music is just as much a part of growing as a musician as learning, practicing, and playing. Because I hold these beliefs, I strive to share my knowledge of music with seriousness and enthusiasm.

My teaching method is not strict, and I encourage students to come up with questions and ideas about what they want to learn in lessons. This way, we can come up with an ideal curriculum together that will maximize their potential for learning as well as keep a pace they are comfortable with. I do require that students study technique and reading music with me (guitar students will deal with tabs as well). These things lay the foundation for a well-rounded musician. Books for technique, improvising, learning songs, etc. may be agreed upon and/or suggested. Throughout lessons, we will also work on developing listening skills and musicianship, which takes further than just learning the notes on the keyboard or fretboard.

I hold degrees in Jazz composition and performance so I could say that jazz is my specialty, but I have performed in groups of many different genres, including rock, ska, R&B, funk, and acoustic. If a student is interested in learning a particular style of music, I will be happy to dive into it with him/her. If not, we will take some time to explore different styles and genres to create some interest. No matter what, beginning students will all deal with the same technical exercises and basic theory/ear training that is fundamental to a budding musician. How deep we go into music theory and such is up to the student; those with recreational interest will be taught at their own pace, and those with a drive to pursue music outside of the "woodshed" will be challenged a little more.

My ultimate goal when teaching is to cater to the wants and needs of the student. I try my best not only to find what each student would like to learn, but also to identify any issues in his/her playing or understanding of music and address them. Lessons with me will prove to create well rounded musicians who know how to make the most of their potential on their instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be in living room. There is street parking available. No pets.

*** Specialties ***
On bass I specialize in jazz and funk styles, with plucking technique, slap and improvisation. I have also played and am familiar with rock, reggae, r&b, and Latin styles.

Mark S. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Learning music, especially at a young age, can have a positive impact in life. From simply playing music in the home to performing music for large audiences, the basic goal is the same: the enjoyment of being a proficient musician. I have written a bit about my experience and how I can use this to help you to become a great musician.
I began studying music when I was 8 years old. My early lessons taught me not only about music but about music teaching. As a result of these experiences, I vowed to teach students music that is meaningful to them.
Moving along, in high school I played in rock bands with my friends. I can never stress how important it is to play with other people. I always encourage my students to form bands, join music groups in school, or just find a friend to jam with. Not only does this raise the level of musicality, it is a great motivational tool.
After high school, I studied music at Colorado State University, where I focused on jazz performance, theory, classical performance, and double bass pedagogy. I earned a bachelor of arts in music from Colorado State University in 2000.
I have been a musician for 16 years. I have played rock, pop, classical, jazz, and electronic music professionally for over 10 years. I have performed in the U.S. and Europe with many talented artists, and I have won various awards in performance and academics.
Although I enjoy a busy professional career in music, I am extremely committed to teaching the young and casual learner as well as career oriented individuals. At this stage in my career, I am enthusiastic towards the education and development of talent.
My home studio is fully equipped with guitars, basses, keyboards, amps, and digital recording equipment. I am highly knowledgeable in audio and midi recording through the use of recording software.
Apart from music, I have been an English teacher for eight years. Currently, I am working towards my Master's degree in music theory and education. I look forward to the prospect of sharing my skills and experience with you or a member of your family.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons usually follow the following steps:
Presentation of material Instruction Practice Performance
In a typical lesson, we first take a look at a piece of music normally through an audio or video recording. After we listen and/or watch, we discuss and examine the music. For example, this could be as simple as saying, What do think about this part? or €œWhy do you like the guitar part?€ It could also be more in depth - What's the time signature? Next, we take a specific part to learn. The student learns by watching demonstrations, making attempts at playing it, and listening to suggestions and instruction. There are many ways to teach just as there are many ways to learn. I try to incorporate as many different methods as possible while being mindful of different learning styles to ensure that the student is successful in mastering a skill. Finally, I save the best for last. When the student has shown sufficient proficiency of a piece of music, it's time to show it off. The student and I play it together as a team. Sometimes, I accompany a vocalist on guitar to get a pop/rock feel. For my guitar or bass students, I trade between lead and accompany roles. I may bring other accompanying instruments to the lesson for a different vibe. The idea is to have fun playing music, and I like to have fun.
People often ask if I am strict or laid back. I say I'm neither. My students and I work hard, but we'€™re so focused and motivated that the time flies by before we even know it.
Lastly, I never ask my students to copy anyone. I encourage my students to be themselves. The music I give them is only a guide or an outline. My goal is to motivate them to play what is in their hearts.

*** Studio Equipment ***
12 x 12 room...equipped with all instruments:
piano---Casio 88 key fully weighted,
guitar,
bass,
amps,
computers,
and recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
I assume that the students will possess the instruments they want to play, but if this is not the case, I provide all necessary equipment for the students.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock blues, jazz, classical, and pop music.

Benjamin K. Glenside, PA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I grew up in Glenside moved to Pittsburgh for school and came back because I love it here...I've been playing for 17 years and have a smorgasbord of influences from Zeppelin to the Beatles to Phish to Radiohead to the dirty projectors to Jay Z to Kurt Rosenwinkel & John Scofield. I have been composing and working with original bands for some 11 years and play regularly in the city and up and down the east coast. I have also been teaching for the past 11 years all over the Philadelphia area. i teach from a method I derived myself from years of learning both in and out of school. I think teaching music is both aural as well as visual and encourage students to listen to music a lot. most of all i feel that music is fun and the students should enjoy learning so i incorporate their favorite artists and favorite songs into our studies. for serious students I love theory and love sharing what I've discovered over the years.

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I'm a very laid back guy but I take my playing seriously. music is my life and there's nothing I enjoy sharing and expressing more. I learned to love playing guitar when I was 12 from the coolest guitar teacher ever. he had a vibe that i gravitated toward and encouraged me in just the right ways to get me believing in myself. I try to encourage my students the same way. music should be fun above all and sculpt my lessons to each students individual needs so that they are better equipped to succeed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to provide guitar/bass/piano

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classic, Pop

Donielle R.

Philadelphia, PA
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Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Maria M.

Philadelphia, PA
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Donielle R. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Choir, Christian Gospel, Gospel Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Graduating from the renowned High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia; succeeding heavyweight entertainers such as Boyz II Men and Jazmine Sullivan, has equipped me to teach music! Most of my experience is as a professional gospel recording artist and songwriter. I have writing credits on two successful albums, and am currently working on my debut album through RockSoul Productions.

I have experience as a music teacher, choir director, and Performing Arts Coordinator at We Ovecome Performing Arts Summer Camp. I am currently the Group Facilitator/Music Teacher at Congresso working in the after school program at Kensington CAPA high school. I specialize in beginners music theory, vocal arrangement, and songwriting, in the urban/gospel/contemporary styles of music.

A Lesson with me will be fun, challenging, and inspiring. I like to do creative and interactive lesson plans, vocal exercises, and work on any music projects or endeavors that you may have. You want me as your teacher because I can coach you into the vocalist you've always dreamed of becoming!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect student to provide a piano or keyboard, cd player, paper and pencil,
I will provide sheet music, cd's, and lessons plans.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Gospel, Contemporary, Pop
Vocal Arrangement
Music Theory
Songwriting
Music Performance

Michael C. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Philadelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.

C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.

C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' €™s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.

*** Lesson Details ***
Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.

Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.

Maria M. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

At a young age, I found my passion through listening to jazz and classical music, and experiencing the personal connections they create. From performing to teaching, I like to share my passion for music with those around me.

I am currently in my fourth year of undergraduate studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. Besides performing in an academic setting, I also perform with my own groups, and have experience in original composition/songwriting. My teaching experience ranges from private lessons and jazz workshops to summer music camps and early childhood music classes. I love teaching and will probably never stop!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is important to solidify the foundations of music, so that the student can grow into a knowledgeable, expressive musician. My lessons are taught with a personal and energetic approach leaving the student excited and eager to further explore music. I always want to make sure that the student is having fun, too!

Learning an instrument is all about personal growth as a musician. As a teacher, I will help the student become a better musician week by week!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will provide a metronome, tuner, music stand and some music books/repertoire. Student may need to provide their own lesson books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz styles and songwriting techniques.

Cancellation Policy:
Please notifiy me at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule a lesson.

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