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I am a current songwriter and poet.
I have taught and coached in the area of songwriting and phrasing (word painting) with lyrics.
I encourage all students to try writing music or at least coming up with their own basic ideas. I will then work with the student's ideas to help them learn how to develop an initial idea into a large more complete musical form. If the student is able to write more complete songs I will coach them in techniques to improve the structure, harmony and melody of their work. I try to demonstrate ways that they can improve their writing without simply rewriting their ideas for them. For all of this I draw on my many years of experience as a composer. I try to guide the student towards developing a process of writing music that works for them. My main goal is to help them to grow into their own musical voice rather than to simply do what I suggest.
I don't have extensive experience teaching songwriting and have only worked with beginners. However, I have arranged other musicians compositions and worked with them to improve their compositions. I also compose regularly.
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