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I have been songwriting for over 32 yrs.
I focus on the creative process of songwriting and tapping into the core ideas that help bring the individual to the for front of originality.

About Rene
Knowing at the age of 5 that music was my life, by being brought up surrounded by praise music and gospel, my early exposure to music helped me to find every Instrument and style just my thing! I wanted to play everything and learn all aspects of music. I started with singing in the children's choir and then developed into piano and music theory. At the age of 12 I began to learn classical guitar, and at 15 took on various styles like Flamenco, Jazz and Rock. I graduated from High School having played in the school band achieving recognition In national Institutions Like IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) and state band finals. I was also composing from a very early age, and at 18 released my first album (self-titled) which can still be heard and purchased today through various music outlets, since i have released over 15
albums with various ensembles and bands. In college I already knew from my previous experience that I wanted to teach and pass on the joy that music brought to my life. I studied Music Theory and Jazz and finished my degree in Music Education. I have been teaching all in all for about 14 yrs. And I have enjoyed every minute I have spent with my students learning as much from them, as them from me. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us music aficionados! and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities.

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My teaching method ranges depending on the student. I believe in my experience that everyone learns differently, therefore everyone develops at their own pace. I try to find key strengths in each student and expose this to their advantage, using their abilities to further develop their skills, this method has shown the most promising results and students usually find themselves playing and performing just a couple of months after their first lessons. Part of my method involves a lot of performance and recital opportunities to help break any fears and inhibitions a student may bring with them. Music is about sharing, so an early exposure to this method helps to strengthen and stabilize a core acceptance of a students style and path, giving them and those close to them a very clear picture of their development and achievements.

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Has all instruments at both his home and college studio

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I provide lesson material, song charts and a progression scale. I require student to have an Instrument and recommended technique literature.

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My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.

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If you needed a reason

There is no question that music touches us instantly and activates images, emotions and memories that linger with us throughout our lives. As a casual listener or an obsessive music elitist, there are times in our lives when we get blown away by a sound so unique our entire body vibrates and resonates with the touch of something out of this world. I can honestly say when this happens to me I feel as close to a spiritual connection than anything I have experienced otherwise. I believe it is these exact events that have triggered my need to be completely involved in the making, performing and consuming of music. The creative process, to me, is the single obvious reason we exist in this world. We create and share, learn and interpret, build on previous ideas and inspire others to perfect upon this process. It is no doubt a very humbling experience to realize you are part of it all. During this process you come to realize how important you are as an Individual, how there is no other vessel like you in this world, nor has there ever been or ever will. You are here now and your voice, your talent, your gift is an instrument to the great choir of the human spirit. No one but you can relate this, a reason to be, to create, to give.
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Roxy T. April 30, 2017
· Drum · Online
Rene is a fantastic teacher! Always patient and great with my 9 year old. He understands my child and always goes the extra mile. Rene is an excellent teacher.
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Jose R. April 1, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Very Knowledgeable about the guitar... Shows great interest in what I want to learn.
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Miguel J. November 14, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Very good.
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Rene T.

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Miami, FL 33166
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About Lucas A.

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Miami Beach, FL

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Learn how to write your very own song and gets useful tips on how to improve.

About Lucas
Welcome! Bienvenidos!
I hope to be of great guidance in your musical journey.
I am fortunate to have learned from some highly remarkable musicians, and enjoy sharing my knowledge with those seeking to learn and further their understanding and skill.
I have been playing guitar for over a dozen years, and have almost a decade of private teaching experience with students of all ages and skill levels. Whether you're a complete beginner or have been playing for a while and want to get to the next level of understanding and performance, I can help. I play everything from classical to pop, blues, classic rock, and metal.
I have received several awards for teaching as well as for performing both solo and with different groups/ensembles.
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Stephanie S. April 4, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
Patient and persistent, Lucas is a very nice teacher.
Thank you Lucas!
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Jack March 31, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Off to a great start!
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Alex February 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Excellent guitar teacher for children!
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Lucas A.

Lucas A.

Miami Beach, FL 33141
(12)
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$20 / 30-min

About Allen P.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Coaching and assistance in making lyrics and melodies come to life in an organized, creative way. We can help you prepare your songs for demos, recordings, publishing and performance.

About Allen
I am a University of Miami School of Music graduate with extensive experience in music education, theory, songwriting and arranging.
As a winner of the Florida State Concerto Competition at 17, and having performed with some of South Florida's best singers and musicians, I offer a wealth of knowledge about how to connect music theory with music practice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I specialize in creating individual lesson plans - no 'cookie cutter' methods, and no lectures about practicing!

My teaching style is free-flowing and relaxed. I'm very willing to adapt to any and all situations in order to make music education work for YOU.

We offer group lessons that help young students learn socially and with fun activities. Our music reading curriculum teaches "easy success", in a one - note - at - a - time fashion.

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I have a small keyboard lab of 4 - 5 pianos for group lessons and games.
It is preferred that private students have a piano or full size keyboard.
We also provide games, piano accompaniment tracks, and other accessories to make lessons more interactive and fun.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Blues, Group Piano
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Anthony R. September 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
In my opinion, Allen is a great piano teacher for beginners and intermediate students. Having played in churches for more than 40 years, I yearn for a more challenging piano pedagogy, i.e. Hanon # 31- 60 and Jazz theory. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend Allen IF you have children or adults who are just learning the instrument. They will benefit from his congenial personality and laid back approach.
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Anthony R. August 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Allen was both knowledgeable and thorough, which I would expect from a teacher with a college degree in Music. Instead of taking up golf or tennis, I look forward to studying both piano and music theory with him. In fact, I requested that he would at least consider giving 45 minute lessons...smile.
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Rozelle S. July 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have a 9-year-old who loves the piano. I've tried a couple other teachers but no one compares to Allen when it comes to teaching my child. Allen was prompt on arrival, patient, and very professional. He understood my concerns and seemed genuinely interested in helping my child to reach the next goal. He was very knowledgeable with his piano skills and appeared to be dedicated to the profession. I'm just thrilled and I would highly recommend him!
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Allen P.

Allen P.

Pompano Beach, FL 33063
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About Lucian W.

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- Analyzing the 4 types of compositional concepts: melodic, lyric, harmonic, and rhythmic
- song structures (verse, chorus, bridge, pre-chorus etc.)
- chord progressions: diatonic (within the key) and non-diatonic (outside of the key)
- harmonic rhythm

About Lucian
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

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I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
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Aron July 10, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
very methodical, had a good approach! we enjoyed learning with him
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Nelson May 27, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Lucian has a life time of experience as a practing musician, and also has been teaching for many years. I've had other guitar teachers, but Lucian​ is great at explanation and practical instruction. He's not just teaching you how to strum chords, but also about music theory.

He has the patience, and demeanor that is perfect for teaching. No easy task. I've seen other students of all ages here as well.

Great teacher
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Marty May 26, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Lucian is a great musician and after my first lesson I am comfortable knowing he is an excellent teacher. I look forward to taking my guitar playing to the next level. Thanks Lucian!
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Lucian W.

Lucian W.

Miami, FL 33162
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About Manny D.

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Bachelor's degree in Communications, Degree of music at the Gerry Weil's music academy, 2012 Latin Grammy nominee as an artist and songwriter. Two Grammy awards as a musician and arranger. Many years of experience teaching children and adults from beginner to intermediate guitar and voice lessons. Great communication skills with kids.

About Manny
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Degree of music at the Gerry Weil's music academy, 2012 Latin Grammy nominee as an artist and songwriter. Two Grammy awards as a musician and arranger. Many years of experience teaching children and adults from beginner to intermediate guitar and voice lessons. Great communication skills with kids.

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The teacher will bring a guitar to the student's location.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, from beginner to intermediate. Voice Lessons and performance on stage development. HUGE EXPERIENCE WITH KIDS
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Manny D.

Manny D.

Hollywood, FL 33024
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About Charlie Z.

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Miami, FL
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Learn to write a song by Yourself or with a friend.
You can choose any style that You like.

About Charlie
I have been in many bands playing All the different styles of Music for many years.
I write Original Music and have been in the recording studio many times.
I have been Teaching all styles of Music for over 29 years to students of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
What ever age, and if You are a beginner, You will learn how to play anything You choose at Your own pace. If You are an advanced, Professional player, You will learn some very important creative ideas and techniques from Me as well.
I can teach You to play any style... such as Rock, Blues, Finger-Picking, Jazz, R&B, Dance. I can teach You Theory and to read Music as well.
If You want to play with a band, I will prepare You for the group collaboration.
I can teach You to write your own songs and record them as well.
I know how to keep You interested and have You lea
rning something new and exciting every time We meet for the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Mac and a PC Computer with recording software... All types of effects processors, Guitar Amps and Microphones.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment needed for Electric or Acoustic Guitar, and Bass. I also have some books as well.
I want the student to have a Guitar or Bass depending on the instrument they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
Along with being able to read Music. I also encourage the student to learn a song by hearing it. First by listening to each instrument separately, then playing what they hear.
Also, when I think a student is ready I will help them compose a song from the beginning. They will write each part separately, Vocals, or Lyrics, Guitar, Drums and so on, record each part on the computer. Then put them all together to complete the Song.
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Charlie Z.

Charlie Z.

Miami, FL 33158
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$49.50 / 30-min

About Axel O.

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Extensive experience here both as a teacher and published composer.

About Axel
I found out early on (age of 13) that I had a facility to teach and help friends understand music concepts. Some said it's a gift, others said it's vocation. To me it was just sharing what I loved. Since I had already decided to make music my career I made it a point to learn more and all I could in this field. Three degrees later (B.M /Berklee College of Music, B.M and M.M. /University of Miami) having studied under amazing Masters and years of performing, touring, producing and recording I have a lot to offer anyone, any age, any level when they choose me as their music teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students would describe our lessons as fun and enjoyable. That's because I want everyone to learn the basics of music in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I'm easy going and encouraging in character and make it a point to expla
in in the simplest manner the many concepts of music. I help students develop good habits of practice so they can improve their skills by giving them personal tips. Each student is unique and learns at a particular pace. I'm in tune with the student and move accordingly helping him/her navigate thru the music lesson while providing assistance towards reaching their specific goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano /keyboards/ protools in my studio with living room seating for parents. Coffee/water always complementary. Protools recording studio available for my student singers at discounted rates. Affordable and competitive rates for amateur-professional singers looking to record/produce a demo.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None. Currently not traveling to students homes. Lessons available at my studio only.

*** Specialties ***
Studied Jazz & Classical. Performed Pop, Rock, R&B and Latin musical styles.
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Anthony November 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Based on my initial lesson, Axel is a great jazz piano teacher.
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Renata L. November 6, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Axel is very welcoming and have an easy and entrenaining way to teach kids. My son, 10 years old, is very happy with his classes and is very excited for the upcoming classes and feels he will be able to achieve his goals with Axel’s guidance
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Dana April 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Axel is a phenomenal teacher! I loved my lessons with him and am sad to leave - I am moving across the country, otherwise I would definitely continue! I took piano as a child but stopped for about 10 years and was looking for some help getting back into piano and ensuring I understand basic music theory (cords, scales, etc.). My lessons with Axel were exactly what I was looking for - AND MORE! He gave me the tools to be able to analyze and learn songs on my own, including work with dynamics. He is SO nice and never makes you feel uncomfortable. Highly recommended.
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Axel O.

Axel O.

Miami, FL 33138
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$32 / 30-min

About Lorenzo D.

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During the past 10 years, I have started coaching interested persons in writing songs the way I do: I start with a melody line that pops into my head by the way I fuel myself in expectancy for new tunes and moods to express. My method uses my guitar, so if you play guitar, but feel stuck and not able to write songs, I should be able to help. I use chordal arrangements to bring forth a tune; then, if it feels like there must be lyrics, I write what words are somehow connected to the musical mood I have created. Within a couple of lessons, according to your desire, you should be able to craft an interesting song. I can also help you come up with a mood and melody line to poems/lyrics that as yet have no music.

About Lorenzo
Hi, there! My name is Lorenzo and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching various subjects nearly all of my life and have loved helping my students learn. I went to the University of Vermont & West Virginia State University and earned a degree in Communications in 2002. In addition to private lessons, I teach groups of students in schools in special interest areas. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Carolina July 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very patient and knowledgeable! My girls loved Lorenzo!
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Jennifer P. January 15, 2017
· Latin Ballroom Dance · In studio
My first salsa class, awesome experience great teacher and very professional, he creates different techniques to make it easy for you to learn the steps and improve every time.
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Hasel March 30, 2016
· Calligraphy · In home
Great experience!
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Lorenzo D.

Miami, FL 33138
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About Jonathan R.

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SONGWRITING EN ESPAÑOL! CURSO DE CANTA AUTOR , TODOS LOS GÉNEROS!
Aprende a escribir canciones en todos los géneros en tu idioma, quieres componer Pop, Rock Latino, Urbano, Regueatón, Balada, etc? Aquí aprenderás como hacer que tus canciones hagan sentir todo a quienes las escuchan y se sientan identificados con tus historias! Soy cantautor y songwriter latino, graduado del Master de Berklee College of Music en MPTI, he desarrollado mi propio método de songwriting enfocado al idioma español con bases de enseñanza de Berklee.

SONGWRITING IN SPANISH! ALL GENRES!
Learn to write songs of all genres in Spanish, want to compose Pop, Latin Rock, Urban, Regueaton, Ballads, etc? Here you will learn how to make your songs make everyone feel identified with your stories!. I´m a Latin singer songwriter, Master degree in MPTI from Berklee College of Music. I developed a unique system for Teaching songwriting in Spanish based on Berklee´s technique.

About Jonathan
Hello! My name is Jonathan Ruiz, I´m a music producer and singer songwriter, graduated from Berklee College of Music as a Master in Music Production Technology Innovation, I live music and breath music, I´m also a teacher in University in many classes such as songwriting and music production I and II. My main goal with my students is their develop in what they want for their future, that´s the most important thing for me.
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Jonathan R.

Jonathan R.

Miami, FL 33130
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$50 / 60-min

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Puerto Rican bilingual singer/songwriter based in Miami. With a Master's degree in composition, I truly believe songwriting can be taught. With the right instructor (me), you'll be writing a great song in no time!

We'll focus on everything: lyrics, melody and harmony.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. ALL STYLES.

About Paola
Puerto Rican bilingual singer/songwriter based in Miami. With her lyrically-driven songs and powerful vocals, Paola brings a fresh, new sound to Latin Pop music.

Paola graduated from the acclaimed Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since then, she has released her debut EP titled 'Lluvia' which is available on all digital platforms. She has worked with artists such as Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Raquel Sofia, Natalia LaFourcade, and more.

She is currently on a full scholarship at Frost, pursuing her masters degree in Arts Management and acting as the Teaching Assistant for the Contemporary Music program.
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Nicole November 2, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
Paola is a very personable, encouraging teacher! Her ability to write in both English and Spanish is extremely impressive, and I have seen a lot of growth in my songwriting skills since I began working with her! If you want a songwriting teacher who will be your number 1 fan and push you to think in new ways, Paola is your best choice!
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Julia November 2, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Paola is a great songwriting teacher! She gives good feedback and is able to help with lyrical content in both Spanish and English!
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Claire November 2, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Paola is a great teacher. I tend to write in English, but we worked together on a Spanish language song a few weeks ago. Paola was able to help me expand on my ideas, and clean the song up in general. She also explained nuances of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in a way that made them easy to apply to the song. Overall, great working with her!
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Paola R.

Miami, FL 33143
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