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Henri B.

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Starting at $29
  • Speaks Portuguese
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • B.A. Religious Studies from Arizona State University
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Henri B.

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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

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He is wonderful with kiddos!
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Avi B.

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Starting at $55
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2007
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Avi B.

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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

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David N.
Avi has been teaching me for four months and somehow he has turned me into a semi-decent guitar player. I didn’t think it was possible to make so much progress so fast but it’s all due to Avi. I cannot imagine a better teacher. Knowledgeable, patient, kind and just has a way to take music from a page to the student’s hands. If I could give Avi six stars, I would.
Clay B.
Awesome first lesson with Avi! Natural ability to connect with kids!
Cody
Really great teacher, explains really well.
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Carolyn O.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks Japanese, Hawaiian, English, French
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 1981
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Carolyn O.

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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

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Jen Smith
Carolyn did a great job of introducing our 8-year-old to signing. She was energetic, patient and fun and made sure to pick music our daughter liked and customized lessons to her interest and level.
Mia L.
My daughter has been asking me for ukulele classes for a while and we found Carolyn online, really liked her profile and we just had the first class yesterday. My daughter had a fun and informative class with a nice follow up practice to do on her own. Carolyn was great, \able to connect with my 7 yr old and made her feel comfortable. She even asked me if we were going to be able to meet her in person one day!
Thea
When our lessons started, I have low expectations of myself. I never realised I could have enjoyed it as much. Much of the enjoyment could be attributed to Teacher Carolyn's guidance, and tips. I appreciated that she was kind and positive all throughout.
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Dan B.

11 Reviews
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  • Speaks Hebrew
  • Teaching since 1997
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Dan B.

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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

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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!
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Robert M.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Teaching since 1989
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Robert M.

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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

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Blake
Blake really enjoyed it & Robert was patient & very informative.
Mikhaela
Although I'm a fairly new learner, I chose Robert as a teacher because he teaches everything from beginner to advanced. I'm glad I did -- his depth of knowledge is clear and he understands my questions quickly and can answer from different angles to make sure I understand. After just two lessons I feel like I've gained a lot already and am excited to continue learning.
Michael
Robert is a super nice guy, great teacher, and extremely knowledgeable about the guitar.
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Janis V.

11 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1996
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Janis V.

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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.

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Anabela
It's was fantastic! In short period I learned a lot. Thank you Jenis for your patience and kindness!!!!. The best Teacher ever!!!!❤
Ana Bela
The teacher was very kind and helpful. Normally I am very shy, and I have low confidence in my self, but with Janis I felt good and comfortable. Thank you so much.
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The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $276 per hour.
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"things are going well.....Will is a very helpfull and agreeable teacher....am considering more lessons in the future....but i don't like this company's auto renewing me for lessons...but...that ain't Wills fault....i look forward to seeing his Studio in Action!.....that's the next lesson....."
Alan
Took Songwriting lessons from Will F.
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"Amazing songwriter and a great teacher. She really showed me how to express my feelings in real words not corny rhymes. My songs are a million times better now. She even helps me write in Spanish!"
Isabella Pulido
Took Songwriting lessons from Tanisha H.
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"Wonderful Teacher!

Hi I am Matt Ellis and I have been taking lessons with Kimberly for about 5 months.My singing ability has improved incredibly.When you sit in on a lessons with Kimberly she analyzes your voice very carefully and matches exercises to what she thinks is best for you.Personally I have had trouble with sustaining my voice for long periods of time due to vocal damage.I noticed right away after my first couple of lessons my voice just seemed healthier and in better shape with the exercises we did.Now my voice sustains better than ever!With a larger range and I now have a ear for Harmony as well. I would suggest Kimberly to anyone who wants to improve there voice and learn in a very comfortable environment.Within the first 10 minutes of my first lesson I was totally comfortable to just let loose and sing!Without being worried about my tone because she creates a very safe atmosphere for improvement.So If your looking for great lessons and a great teacher GO TO KIMBERLEY!"
matt
Took Songwriting lessons from Kimberly C.
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"He just makes our music so much better. An exceptional teacher.

Randy has worked with my partner and I for 15 years. He took our melodies, arranged them, and turned them into songs that were actually singable. Watching Randy run a rehearsal and teach people songs is a sight to behold. He makes it happen quickly and efficiently, and we always have fun.

In all sincerity, I consider Randy to be the most talented musician I've ever known. He is a great teacher, even of inexperienced adults, and fun to work with. A winning combination all the way around.
John B."
John
Took Songwriting lessons from Randy L.
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"Keira made songwriting so fun, my boys didn't even know that they were learning! I would highly recommend Keira Moran."
Val
Took Songwriting lessons from Keira M.
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"I tried other teachers for my songwriting craft and vocal career. I felt like I was going nowhere fast and became frustrated. Then I tried Fawn. Game changer! Fawn was clear and concise. I finally see progress with her. She has inspired me to become more passionate about music again. I had almost given up. Thank you Fawn! I look forward to continuing lessons with you. You are a blessing."
JayJay
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Technology today is incredible. I'm in Norway, Fawn is in Los Angeles. Where else could I find a quality teacher with a couple of hit songs help me at my craft? If it weren't for the internet I would have never found such a talented songwriter to help me tighten my songs. I love, love, LOVE the time I spend with Fawn hashing out my songs to record with my band in the studio. She is so gifted, easy going, precise and fun. She really respects keeping the integrity and emotions of my songs and is good at keeping people open to changes that are necessary to make a mediocre song great."
Anneke Grace
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Hannah was an incredible instructor. She worked very well with my goals and was kind and patient. She explained concepts well and was extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I could tell she cared about me as a person and not just as a student, which I really appreciated. I would consider her a friend as well as a teacher. I’d recommend her to anyone!"
David
Took Songwriting lessons from Hannah 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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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!

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Songwriting Tips: How to Write Lyrics To Your First Song

Are  you learning to play guitar because you want to be able to write your own songs? Guitar teacher Samuel B. shares some tips to help you write lyrics to your first song... Just as writing a song on guitar can seem like work for only a select few, so can writing the words to one. Once again, this assumption and the truth are completely unrelated. You don't need to be Bob Dylan or Bernie Taupin to do it – you only need to have something to say. I first began writing lyrics as teenag …

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