I have taught songwriting classes and I incorporate it in my private lessons with students who are interested in writing their own songs.
As a songwriter who has been featured by American Songwriter & CMT, as well as in film and television, I can help you understand the nuts and bolts of what makes a great song work.
As a former music analyst for Pandora internet radio's Music Genome Project, I have analyzed over 15,000 songs, a process which imparted a deep understanding of popular song forms across all genres.
We can work on basic or advanced songwriting ideas- chord/melody relationships, substitutions, voice leading, lyric writing, matching musical themes to lyrics, ensemble arranging, scoring, etc.
I write original compositions heard in film and TV, most recently Veronica Mars. I can help you advance in your songwriting or I can teach you the basics if you're new. In these lessons we will explore poetry, music theory, and ways to get more free in your creative process. I use longhand stream of conscious writing and interview style conversation to find subject matter and lyrics. I will teach you chord scales and modes to find new melodies and a variety of chordal structures to support them.
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