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Mark B.

26 Reviews
Castro Valley, CA
Starting at $40
  • Awarded King Of The Blues from Guitar Center
  • Teaching since 1978
  • Teaches Advanced
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Mark B.

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I teach and help people how to write songs at all levels. Whether you are a beginner, or more advanced and need new ideas to draw from. There is an endless reservoir of ideas and concepts to help you to create any kind of music imaginable.

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 si

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Tomas
Best instructor ever
Scott F.
great slide lesson today - really patient and effective teaching - breaking the song down and getting into technique - thank you Mark!!
Richard D.
Great instructor, gave me tips that immediately improved my playing.
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Peter D.

24 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $45
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Piano Performance from Saddleback College
  • Awarded Music Teacher of the Year from California Music Studios
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Peter D.

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I have coached hundreds of songs with a wide variety of students in pretty much any style of music, accelerating their understanding of the three basic elements of song craft: lyrics, melody, harmony.

Using techniques acquired through the Berklee School of Music system, I work closely with each person's temperament and personality, and help them in drawing out their own unique mode of expression into song.

About Peter

Whether piano, voice, songwriting/composition, music theory or music production, I bring all that I have learned and developed as a musician to the lesson in the interest of the student’s growth. Whether we work in classical, jazz, or pop, We focus on what will directly fit your individual goal

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Zora
Peter has a great rapport with our daughter and is "meeting" her where she is in her interests. She loves Lord of the Rings--they've started on music from Lord of the Rings!
Wick A.
Great instructor. Friendly, easy to understand, talented and can teach piano, theory, composition, etc.
Susan
My 10 year old son loves playing little riffs on the piano but really didn't want lessons for fear it would be too much like school. Peter has been awesome about tailoring the lessons so that my son can choose the Music he likes and move forward from his place of interest. Peter is a skilled and gifted pianist, and my son is totally inspired to keep playing and put in the work to improve.
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Peter H.

4 Reviews
Concord, CA
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Awarded DiscMakers Gold from DiscMakers
  • Piano from Dallas School of Music
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Peter H.

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This is the platinum package. If you're a young songwriter looking for a veteran to help hone the craft or a songwriter yourself looking for someone to assist with composition, I'm excited to be of service. My home studio is equipped with all the equipment in my profile, ie. everything. Drop in to jam, drop in to write, drop into record.

I understand it's easy to lose drive when you're constantly drilling scales and fingering. I try to frame all of my lessons in reference to what music really is: the creation of songs. Through composition, my students won't just learn scale and chord structure, but they'll organically develop these skills while writing their own songs and building their personal portfolio.

About Peter

Over the past 10 years, I've worked as a professional touring musician (singer, guitarist, pianist) for the rock band, Inside Switch. I studied piano at the Dallas, Texas School of Music. I also attended the James Madison University music program. I have played piano for 20 years and guitar for 15.

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Rose V.
What I Learned From Peter.

- THE METRONOME IS SO IMPORTANT
- The voice guides the guitar if you’re more of a singer
- Repetition is key
- Practice songs that aren’t in your style to ease your way into guitar
- The power resides in strumming rhythmically
- Focus is more difficult that it seems when combining singing and guitar
- Guitar is an art in itself and itself you shouldn’t master guitar, you should be it’s friend.
- Open mics and video content are the key to more success as they expose you to criticism (good or bad)
Again, the guitar is your companion.

For any aspiring musician or any musician that needs guidance and improvement on the guitar, Peter is a great teacher.
Dhiraj
Peter is very patient and great teaching my 9yr old son. We take father and son lessons together which has been amazing. Peter is naturally talented and plays many other instruments all in from his home studio. He is also extremely flexible and accommodating. Highly recommended!
Kristen R.
Peter was great, very kind and supportive. I will definitely consider another lesson with him.

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Ryan B.

76 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $20
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • BA in Ethnomusicology from University of Illinois
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Ryan B.

76 Reviews
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I've helped many band members, friends and students to write songs and would be glad to help any future students. But songwriting is a very personal thing and so rather than push too many ideas on a student, I find it's ideal to provide them with tools and let their creativity take over.

About Ryan

Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes

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Ryan
Great first lesson, Ryan!
Vincent
He seemed angry and disinterested, not really wanting to teach the lesson. Bad experience and bad teacher in general.
Kian
Ryan is a fantastic teacher who's love of music shines through in his lessons. No question is too tangential or unimportant, and everything you ask will be answered in a depth you didn't even realize existed!
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Cathy R.

8 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, Spanish, French, French and Spanish, as well as Italian diction
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1985
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Cathy R.

8 Reviews
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Having a catalog of original songs, many published on recordings around the world, I will guide all students in techniques for capturing your creative ideas for original works, as well as specific projects. We will study the characteristics that make each musical genre unique, and create beautiful original songs. I will provide all the knowledge and education to copy-right, publish, and sell your songs, and learn how to build a successful career in the music industry.

About Cathy

 Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups Key Areas of St

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Tom
Cathy is a great and caring teacher who helped me correct the vocal problem I was having. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.
Javan
Cathy is patience and methodically, intuitively Planning lessons that are specific to my personal goals.
Sydney W.
Cathy was terrific! My daughter had one week to prepare for a very important10 minute presentation and Cathy gave great advice and was truly invested in helping her be her best self with poise and confidence. Definitely recommend her!

David L.

34 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Jazz Studies from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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David L.

34 Reviews
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Writing songs is not as difficult as it may seem. I have guided many students through the process. It is truly a fun and creative time for both student and teacher.
Some familiarity with harmonic and rhythmic concepts, as well as some analytic terminology is necessary to get the ideas out of your head and into the air. I like to start by analyzing the songs of others and discussing them. Then we get down to the brass tacks and talk about the song as if it were no different than the blueprint of a building.

About David

My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen y

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David T.
David , arrived on time at my home for my first piano lesson in 25 years.
He was friendly and knowledgeable and soon found some things for me to work on, but he was patient with this 53
Year old guy.
I feel confident that my piano skills will improve greatly with David’s tuition.
I eagerly look forward to my next lesson.
Tam T.
David is the best and the sweetest piano teacher we have ever have. He is so patient, kind, caring and creative in his teaching method.

My 5 year old has a little autism symptom so she's very easy to get distracted. Yet we have great fun time in every class with him. His class worth 20 min driving there and 20 min driving back, using toll road!
Lori
David has been so amazing with out 9 year old daughter. We have gone to him for over 2 years and she has come so far with her skills! He has so much patience. He's so kind and wonderful with kids. We were recommended by a friend and now we recommend him! He's high in demand for sure! We are sad we can't use him anymore due to scheduling issues. His prices are better than others too!

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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in San Francisco is $70. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $276 per hour.
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$56 average
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$70 average

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"Eric is very helpful when working with you on original music He is motivated and ensures that you approve of the direction/style the song is going in. I highly recommend him for anyone who needs assistance with songwriting."
Lauren Cassidy
Took Songwriting lessons from Eric J.
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"I love to write but then writing music seemed out of the ordinary. Well.... not any more! Thanks!"
Georgia
Took Songwriting lessons from James W.
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"Fantastic lessons! I learned a lot about songwriting and even made a portfolio of songs I've written!"
Melissa
Took Songwriting lessons from Alec W.
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"My daughter (age 9) had an excellent time working with Fernando and has been super motivated to keep songwriting. They wrote the cutest songs and we're planning on having Fernando record her in the studio when he gets back to Fort Wayne!"
Elliot
Took Songwriting lessons from Fernando T.
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"Ahmad is Awesome! Lessons are a must. Before I started lessons, I would find tabs online and it was fun but I was wasting my time. I wasn't progressing and I didn't have any concept of timing and other essential basics. As a result, I was playing the proper notes but I wasn't playing them correctly and I couldn't improvise at all.

Ahmad takes difficult concepts and breaks them down into small, easy to understand pieces. Harmony concepts that I thought I wouldn't be able to grasp, I understand fully and use every day. He has a ton of tips that make learning so much faster. For instance, you learn how to find any note on the neck quickly without having to memorize the whole neck, which is crucial skill. Another great thing is that he uses tablature in his lessons. So, you don't have to know how to read music to get started.

If you ever want to write your own music or play with other people, call Ahmad now. He will make sure you learn the right way. I'm writing music and playing/improvising solos, at a level I thought I would never be able to achieve. Every lesson opens new possibilities."
Tom
Took Songwriting lessons from Ahmad G.
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"I have a true appreciation for Oliver, as a musician, songwriter, and most of all, as a person. You will not be disappointed if you choose to take lessons; having done so I find myself a better human being."
Ron
Took Songwriting lessons from Oliver E.
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"AMAZING!! Outstanding work and makes songwriting so enjoyable! She’s so kind and highly recommend!💕"
Jadyn
Took Songwriting lessons from Keira M.
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"Came in there and learned exactly what I wanted to learn. Was ultra stuck at moving past 8 bars and Aimee helped me get past that. Now I'm finishing full arangements all thanks to her."
Dennis
Took Songwriting lessons from Aimee B.
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"Jonathan is an excellent teacher and very enjoyable to be with. The environment is positive, instructional and after a few lessons has been rewarding and productive. I look forward to continuing weekly songwriting sessions in his comfortable home."
Steve
Took Songwriting lessons from Jonathan G.
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"He was able to Break down song writing in a very easy way so that I could take lyrics and apply them to cords. I really enjoyed the methodology and how personable he was and patient."
Dana
Took Songwriting lessons from Lorin D.
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