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Phil C.

27 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $75
  • Speaks English
  • Awarded Presidential Scholarship from Columbia College Chicago
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Phil C.

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Songwriting is tricky. There are formulas one can use, but do they work for your specific needs? What about the dreaded writer's block? What if you've never written a song? What do you do if you can't finish a song you've started? How do you keep from getting too repetitive in your style? All of these questions and more have valid and applicable answers and exercises. I can teach the standard songwriting structure, but I do more than that. I help you find your true creative style. We'll discover your favorite and most effective uses of words and melody. You have a creative voice that is truly unique. Now let's help you use it.

About Phil

UPDATE: I'M FULLY VACCINATED, BUT STILL FOLLOW COVID-SAFE GUIDELINES. IN-PERSON LESSONS ARE IN FULL SWING. I ALSO DO ONLINE WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART GEAR. MY NEW SPACE IS OPEN IN THE FLAT IRON ARTS BUILDING IN CHICAGO'S POPULAR WICKER PARK NEIGHBORHOOD. I STILL DO ONE DAY IN MY HOME STUDIO

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Norman S.
very helpful
Norm
Very helpful, knowledgeable, and a good teacher.
Ed B.
Very knowledgeable and put me at ease right from the beginning.
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Ryan B.

93 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $20
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2013
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Ryan B.

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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 Logan Square 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 he

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Michael
The best!
Ryan
I have been working with Ryan on the Banjo for over a year now. He is incredible patient, encouraging and seriously knows his stuff!
Frank
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Sean H.

12 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $40
  • Speaks
  • Awarded Outstanding Performance from Detroit Jazz Festival, 2008
  • BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University
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Sean H.

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Besides playing/teaching saxophone, my other passion is writing music. If I'm not playing, I'm writing. I have studied composition and song writing, and my band plays many originals that I have written!

About Sean

When I was 12 or 13 I heard John Coltrane's masterpiece album 'Giant Steps' for the first time. From then on I was absolutely magnetized to the saxophone and devoted my life to studying the great art form of jazz. I have come to believe that the only thing better than playing music is sharing music

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Leslie W.
Super great, gave me tips and resources to practice at home and had a wonderful personality.
Jo W.
Great Teacher! Great experience. I have homework (yay!), and I am looking forward to returning.
Justin
Sean is a great teacher! He's extremely knowledgeable and can explain tough concepts very clearly. He's really made me feel like my goals are within reach. Highly, highly recommended (especially if you want to play jazz).
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Ayme F.

17 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Japanese, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Ayme F.

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When I start lessons with someone I usually like to introduce songwriting early. I do this because I feel it helps to know that you are able to express yourself early on in your guitar experience. I write my own songs from a very intuitive place and feel that it is important to free up that creativity. I like to teach people how to find their voice on the instrument.

About Ayme

Music can be as simple or as intricate as you want to make it. I will to teach you how to make the most of whatever knowledge and skill you have and to have fun while you do it. My tastes are all across the board, rock and roll, country, metal, opera, I love it all. So, let me know what you are into

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Leonard
Very professional and patient.
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Dean S.
Ayme is a great teacher, makes learning very easy to enjoy....
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Linda L.

22 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Hebrew, Hebrew, English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 3 to 65
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Linda L.

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I am a songwriter, and have taught classes in lyric writing, melody composition, and chord accompaniment to groups of homeschoolers, in the past.

About Linda

I have been teaching music (guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, recorder, music theory, and classes for toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and adults) for over 20 years. I am also a band/show director at the School of Rock! In addition to teaching music, I also tuto

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Nan -.
Linda is great. I left with a big smile on my face!
Dan T.
Linda is awesome. After 3 lessons I'm getting pretty good at a couple of basic rolls and have a song to work on. She is patient and knowledgeable, and has helped me get basic technique going. So far so good.
Megan K.
Linda was really awesome! I’m s complete beginner but she made me feel totally comfortable and at ease. Already working on a song! Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Ethan H.

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Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks
  • Music Performance from Berklee College of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Ethan H.

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How do you write a great song?
Start with a song you love.
Learn it, take it apart and study it from top to bottom.
Use some of what you learn and write a soundalike, or combine it with elements of other songs you know and try making something new.
Record, perform, share and reflect.
Repeat.
One song at a time, you figure out how the process works, and you'll shock yourself with what you write and sing.
That process gets tough, but I've been through it many dozens of times (and counting) and I'm here to share what I know and help you discover your process.
Over the last five years, I've helped students go from zero experience to finishing their first song in less than a month.
I've also helped more experienced students break plateaus in their songwriting and release singles or EPs that stand head and shoulders above their previous work.

I'd love to help you write your first song, or your best one yet- shoot me a message and we can get started!

About Ethan

My musical life started at the piano when I was four. I've spent the last five years helping students understand the sounds that speak to them and bring them into their own music-making. I spent my early years playing piano, then picked up the saxophone, which took me to Berklee College of Music,

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Isabelle Ng
I have studied saxophone, jazz piano/theory, and songwriting with Ethan for over 2 years, and he is the best music instructor I've ever had. He cares so much about his students and helps us thrive. Not only is Ethan my teacher, he is a friend and a mentor.

I first met Ethan through my school's jazz combo program, and my interest in music immediately grew in the presence of his friendly persona. Ethan organized life changing jam sessions and master classes that I will remember forever. His teaching approach is project based which gives his students something to walk away with. With his guidance, I have become a stronger musician and a wiser person. Thanks Ethan!

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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in Riverdale, IL

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in Riverdale 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 $300 per hour.
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"Christopher is a wonderful teacher. He truly cares and does his very best to help you learn. He knows exactly how to effectively help you understand and move forward. I appreciate what I am learning from him and how he is so patient. I feel safe enough to take creative chances during our lessons (I'm pretty rusty). I'm grateful to have found him. He is exceptionally knowledgeable, conscientious, caring, trustworthy and genuine - and a really great guy. I highly recommend him without reservation."
Suzanne
Took Songwriting lessons from Christopher M.
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"Fawn is extremely special, a great find! Literally breathed life into my dying career and I am eternally grateful for her help, instruction, guidance, wisdom, insight and talent! She makes me a better me not just in songwriting and singing but all areas of my life! Thank you Fawn!"
Reese
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Fawn has been my teacher for a year now and is an excellent influence on both me and my brother. We've definitely improved in all of the subjects she has taught us: Songwriting, Singing, Voice-over's, Acting and Piano. Fawn is very patient and understanding during lessons and is a very capable instructor who knows what she is teaching in music, the business and the arts. I am very happy to be able to work with such an amazing teacher who is a star in her own right! Thank you Fawn!"
Mirad
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Stephen has definitely provided me an insightful way of analyzing songs and for writing my own music myself. He is really helpful and gives you many eye opening advices and tools that encourage you to develop your artistry. Furthermore, he provides a friendly and non judegemental atmosphere, which is essential for a student. I totally recommend him."
Alexis
Took Songwriting lessons from Stephen H.
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"I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job."
Chris
Took Songwriting lessons from Marc M.
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"Fawn is my favorite music teacher. There have been real problems with the attendance of other teachers but come rain or shine Fawn is there. In 4 years I have learned more about music - piano, songwriting and voice than through any other teacher. She has a professional, enthusiastic and kind manner and I wholeheartedly recommend her."
Mike
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Jonah is an easy-going, kind and talented songwriter, who is already teaching me music theory, and helping me develop my song in just one session! I look forward to our next session. Great, patient teacher."
Elizabeth
Took Songwriting lessons from Jonah R.
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"He has a good ear and can help quickly with transcriptions. More importantly, he also gave some practical advice."
Daniel
Took Songwriting lessons from Jonathan G.
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"Enormous Student base an affirmation of an Enormously Successful Teacher

Fawn is a warrior for justice. She rights all the wrongs of other teachers bad coaching. She turned my sons bad piano habits around in just 2 lessons! My daughter's bad vocal habits changed after the first lesson! I have never seen anything like it. We are grateful to have found her. I now have confidence that my children are in the best hands possible. I love the energy she puts into her recitals and the enormous student base she has is an affirmation that she is doing great things in California!

-mimi"
mimi
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Greg is a master of music theory and knows about all the practical applications of guitar and bass. He is just a plain good guy too!"
Wylie
Took Songwriting lessons from Greg C.
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