Songwriting Lessons.
Amazing Teachers.

Private songwriting lessons tailored to you. In-person or online.

“Today is my opportunity to practice songwriting.”

Meet a Few of Our Amazing Instructors

What works for you? Online lesson or local teacher? Either way, your songwriting lessons are live, interactive, and customized for you.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Henri B.

36 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $29
  • Speaks Portuguese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2004
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Henri B.

36 Reviews
Book Now
Private Songwriting Teacher

Get help finishing, recording, arranging your songs. Also get help with theory, melody, rhythm, timing, production, and lyric writing. We can also learn programming so you know how to do it all. Let's get those songs finished with purpose!

About Henri

Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon. He is a goal-oriente

Recent Reviews
Tracy K.
He was good and cool and Amazing
Nick W.
He really knows some good exercises and can break them down to make them easy to understand.
David C.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Avi B.

10 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $55
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • Teaching since 2007
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Avi B.

10 Reviews
Book Now
Private Songwriting Teacher

Is becoming the next great singer/songwriter your dream? Then you're in the right place!

Get every aspect of your music tuned and prepped. We'll analyze the songs you love to find out why they're so incredible, then we'll apply these techniques to writing your own songs!

Learn how to write and arrange pop/rock instruments and basic engineering to become a music making machine!

About Avi

***COVID-19 UPDATE: Until authorities have deemed it safe, all of my lessons will take place online. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this strange and important time.*** Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible. My

Recent Reviews
Clay B.
Awesome first lesson with Avi! Natural ability to connect with kids!
Cody
Really great teacher, explains really well.
David N.
Just took my first lesson (I am a beginner) with Ari and he was easy to work with; really friendly; totally understands my goals and is not judgmental. I am really looking forward to working with Ari as I think I'll achieve my goals of learning to play the guitar without a lot of mental strain. I give Ari totally 5+ stars!!
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Carolyn O.

13 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Japanese, Hawaiian, English, French
  • Teaching since 1981
  • Teaches students 7 and up
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Carolyn O.

13 Reviews
Book Now
Private Songwriting Teacher

This is a deeply personal and healing journey for you with a supportive, gentle, and kind mentor and teacher.
You can sit in this safe space to bring out your words, chords, images to create your healing soul song.

About Carolyn

Coming from a large extended family in Hawaii, I was surrounded by luau music, kachi-kachi dancing, Japanese bon dances, handsome local guys singing and playing their guitars and my aunties strumming their ukes and singing old songs. I reveled in walking alone in Nature or playing piano and singing

Recent Reviews
Talitha
Had a great first lesson! I wasn't sure what to expect from an online music lesson, but Carolyn is a great teacher and I could hear the difference after a single lesson.
Milena Gomes
Great!
Natalia S.
Best teacher ever!
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Dan B.

11 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Hebrew
  • Masters degree from Manhattan school of music NYC
  • Teaches students 5 and up
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Dan B.

11 Reviews
Book Now
Private Songwriting Teacher

I have written many songs, one of them got an honorable mention
at the billboard international song contest, another is the theme song
of the movie "Falling Star" (AKA "Goyband") starring (and singing) the magnificent Adam Pascal.

About Dan

Dan, a multi faceted musician, composer and educator active in the tri-state area since 1994. Dan's eclectic education, upbringing and fields of interest render him one of the unique voices in the dynamic field of current music education. In an era where old boundaries are breaking and a growing m

Recent Reviews
Xi L.
Dan is really good and creative teacher! I had fun lesson with him!
Tess D.
On the first lesson with Dan as an intermediate/advance level student, I have certain expectations of the kind of guidance I need to improve my playing (even if I usually play for my own personal pleasure). Dan was able to pinpoint some areas that I could improve which were very helpful. Looking forward to having more lessons with him.
Thu H.
I really enjoy learning how to play the piano with Dan, he's very patient and explains the step clearly. Just need lots of practice!
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Robert M.

18 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1989
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Quick View
See Profile
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Robert M.

18 Reviews
Book Now
Private Songwriting Teacher
About Robert

Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance. With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time

Recent Reviews
Matthew
I get a lot out of every lesson and a lot to take away and work on in practice as well. Great experience and I've noticeably improved after just a few lessons.
Ayman
Very insightful and made me feel comfortable right away
Olivia
My 9 year old daughter really liked Robert. She started from scratch and learned new skills, many notes and a couple of songs in 2 1/2 hours of lessons. She told me he was really nice and I was impressed with her progress. He was very easy to work with and was always prompt to the lessons.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Profile-student-favorite Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Janis V.

11 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $75
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Teaches students 4 and up
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Student Favorite
This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.

Janis V.

11 Reviews
Book Now
Private Songwriting Teacher

I love teaching song writing! My credits include song placement in the Hallmark Channel movie "Smooch" and the TNT movie "Deck the Halls". I have written numerous songs, some of which are available on iTunes. I write both children and adult songs.

About Janis

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 5 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Takelessons.com. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.

Recent Reviews
Avi C.
Jenna S.
Eliana M.
So fun

A Better Way to Learn

Expert Teachers

Top rated instructors guide you in every step of your journey

Personalized Lessons

Your style, your pace. Customized lessons designed for you

100% Guaranteed

Try a lesson. If you're not satisfied we'll refund your unused balance

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing songwriting teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream songwriting teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $25 and $276 per hour.
30 min
$40 average
45 min
$53 average
60 min
$67 average

How It Works

Here's why 2 million people a month use TakeLessons

Match

Find your perfect teacher in under 3 minutes. Need help finding the right teacher? Call our friendly student counselors at 877-231-8505877-231-8505.

Meet

Your instructor will motivate, support, and inspire you. Meet up with your teacher in person or connect with them online anywhere around the world!

Master

Each lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

Educating the World

310
Lifelong learning subjects offered
6,483
Amazing, inspiring, supportive teachers
2,045,044
People that use our platform each month
3,004,877
Lessons given around the world

Why TakeLessons?

  • Easy and Hassle-Free
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Background Checked Teachers
  • Over 3 Million Lessons Given

Hear From TakeLessons Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

Profile_30782_pi_image%20%281%29
"Andrew's fantastic musicianship mixed with a low key personality,
is the perfect recipe for a great music instructor.
Aspiring bass players should capitalize on his ability to play
both fluid single note lines-and this is key-his incredibly
funky bottom end. Non-bassists, never fear. He also has the solid music
theory thing down so there is something for everyone to take your musical knowledge to the next level."
john
Took Songwriting lessons from Andrew C.
Profile_201225_pi_SCN1571525346348%20%281%29
"Great energy, really hit it off with my child."
Lila
Took Songwriting lessons from Francesca V.
221290_372319_39399
"Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding."
Hardy
Took Songwriting lessons from Bil M.
Profile_79456_pi_headshot
"Chrissy was very instructive and positive and friendly and she worked with me for my individualized songwriting learning needs at this time. We worked on my first song, and she gave me very good information and feedback and homework for our next lesson. Definitely several points above average!!!!!!"
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Chrissy S.
Profile_183573_pi_49864958_10156832443306727_7951597654612377600_n
"Jan is wonderful to work with!

I worked with Jan thru skype while living in Australia on my songwriting and singing, she is a joy to work with really caring and helped me challenge myself to become a better songwriter. There were even days I woke up at 4am Australian time just to work with her! The whole experience was great! I then had the pleasure to work with her in person to record some of the songs we had been working on as I traveled to LA for a few weeks. Her techniques really helped me bring out certain emotions and I can't express how much I enjoy working with Jan."
Fiona
Took Songwriting lessons from Jan L.
Profile_149993_328972_33411
"Cool & is really nice. Never have to ask any questions. I would very much recommend Kyle."
Colleen
Took Songwriting lessons from Kyle K.
Profile_231486_pi_56907856_2565568183471371_2670131372072370176_n
"Super talented recording artist, songwriter and AH_MAZING music coach! We do Piano, voice and songwriting with Fawn and have learned so much! We all love her in this household! Can't praise her teaching enough! If you get to train with Fawn, count yourself one of the lucky people!"
Eileen and Evan
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
345650_hc7t6xmrnlnf72rhk5yt
"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.
Profile_231486_pi_56907856_2565568183471371_2670131372072370176_n
"Fawn is an investment in my future, money spent well

Fawn takes you on an unexpected fun, whirlwind of learning when you take lessons with her. Can’t read the notes? No problem, she’s got you. Vocal problems? Oh yeah, she fixes that too. Trouble in the studio? Voice off pitch? Need mic technique? Weak on piano? Sight singing? Can’t play the blues? Can’t play classical? Need to learn how to write a song? Can’t find a hook for your song? Don’t worry, Fawn to the rescue! Seriously, is there nothing this woman can’t do? I soak up her wisdom like a sponge. I’m currently working in the studio with her on my debut album and we are half-way finished. It is sounding ah-may-zing! I am learning so much from this studio wiz. Having her in my life the past 3 years has been the right choice and an investment in my future. Here’s to another successful year with Fawn on my team."
Lalah
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
Profile_231486_pi_56907856_2565568183471371_2670131372072370176_n
"Working with Fawn on my songs the past 3 years has been a complete blessing. What used to be disorganized thoughts have been turned into lyrics and songs. I never thought I'd see the day when my songs would be ready to be recorded in a studio. Also, it's cool to be working with a coach who is current. (She just won for the Great America Song Contest last month). With all the awards she has won and career success she's had, she is still humble and really cares about her students progress and own careers. I love working with her and look forward to continuing."
Ashley J
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
View More
View Less

Private Songwriting Lessons Near You

People have been communicating through music for millennia, and it's still one of the most effective ways to completely convey thoughts, feelings, and stories. Music — apart from lyric and language barriers — can communicate basic human emotions across pan-cultural borders. In other words, a happy melody sounds happy and minor chords sound sad to most people in the world, regardless of their cultural experience. 

In songwriting, you have the ability to tell stories and express yourself in music and lyrics. By developing your own style, you'll achieve a unique songwriting voice. Just imagine it: one day, your songs could bring thousands together, as they sing and clap along to your melody and your words. 

Why Take Songwriting Classes?

Making and sharing a new creation with the world is highly satisfying. Plus, songwriting actually has a lot of surprising benefits. Health-wise, songwriting's been shown to improve breathing and lung capacity, memory, and organ function. It has the power to strenghten the immune system, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress. Songwriting, both creating heartfelt melodies and meaningful lyrics, is also a powerful way to channel emotions and energy into art. As a result, it's been shown to help individuals struggling with depression and anxiety disorders.  

Songwriting's also wonderfully accessible because anyone can write a song about any subject. There's not one correct way to write songs. Songwriting's like dancing, basketball, or poetry; it can't be taught completely, but it can be coached. Anyone — no matter their existing musical ability — can learn to write songs, if they have the desire and work ethic. If you feel a spark of creativity and inspiration and hope to write music that'll inspire others, then songwriting lessons are for you! 

The Best Way to Learn Songwriting and What You'll Study

If you want to learn more about songwriting, you'll find loads of free songwriting lessons and independent study tutorials online. If you want to learn fast, however, we recommend learning with a private songwriting tutor. By studying songwriting with a private tutor, you'll overcome challenges quickly, while receiving immediate feedback and guidance.

Plus, with a private teacher, you'll enjoy lessons completely tailored to your style of writing and goals. In addition, songwriting teachers offer lessons to students of all ages and customize course content and teacher materials accordingly. For example, songwriting lessons for children differ greatly from songwriting classes for adults. Classes for students writing on the guitar will be different from those focused on another instrument, like piano. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Songwriting Lessons

If you have little or no formal musical background and you're just getting started, wanting to further explore your inspiration, or would like to learn more about music in order to enhance the songs you've already written, then beginner writing classes are for you. In beginner lessons, you'll learn all the basic musical skills to build a strong foundation for writing future songs. In beginner lessons, your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Music theory
  • Musical notation
  • Major, minor, and pentatonic scales
  • Molding and manipulating melody
  • Lyric writing

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Songwriting Classes

Intermediate lessons are perfect for students who already have some musical background and want to learn more techniques to improve their writing abilities and expand their ideas. As you learn musical tricks and theories for adding more textural elements to your songs, you'll acquire new tools and techniques which allow you to write more intentionally and liberally, too. Your teacher might choose to cover some of the following topics: 

  • Architecture of song
  • Modes and modal interchange
  • Progressions
  • Dominants, predominants, and substitutions
  • Diatonic functions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Songwriting Lessons

Advanced lessons are intended for students with a thorough musical background and previous experience writing songs. In advanced songwriting classes, you'll work on developing and polishing your personal style, improving your existing songs, and expanding your songwriting repertoire. Course topics in advanced lessons depend highly on the individual student's interests and goals, but your instructor might choose to cover some of the following topics:

  • Development of personal style
  • Workshopping music, lyrics, and production
  • Digital producing and editing
  • Music business advice
  • How to sell songs

How to Find a Private Songwriting Teacher

With TakeLessons, finding a songwriting tutor is easy! A quick search will direct you to hundreds of experienced teachers who offer private songwriting classes near you and online. TakeLessons teachers are highly qualified and have experience both teaching and in the music business. The price of songwriting classes varies between instructors, but most charge a time-based rate for 20-minute, 30-minute, or hour-long lessons.

Before selecting a songwriting teacher, we recommend reading through several instructor profiles and reviews left by other aspiring songwriters. Choose a teacher who specializes in the genre of music and instrument you love most. No matter what type of songs you hope to write or perfect, when studying with a private teacher, you'll be on your way to writing hits!

Popular Songwriting Articles from our Blog

10 Proven Steps For Writing Lyrics That Stick

The late Amy Winehouse tribute album Lioness: Hidden Treasures has been making waves on the UK music charts, securing the #1 spot just days after its release.  Although the posthumous album has had its share of drama and questionable reviews, the collection - with its mix of covers and raw, unfinished tunes polished up by the producers - seems fitting in depicting Amy as the troubled, tattered star that she was. As she sings at the start of "Best Friends, Right?": "I can't wait to get away f …

By Suzy S.