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Carolyn M.

49 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • BFA Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Carolyn M.

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Influenced by country music artists like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, along with pop icons Kelly Clarkson and Adele, Carolyn has used her big, powerful voice to create her own style that captures the true essence of country-pop. She released her debut EP in 2018 independently, which peaked during pre-order at #7 on iTunes Country charts. Since then, she has opened for artists such as Chase Rice, Ashley McBryde, Walker Hayes, and kicked off NY’s Country 94.7 Stars and Strings event at the Barclays Center starring Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Runaway June, and more.

Carolyn released her highly anticipated single in 2019, and the track was named one of the Top 15 Songs at CMA Fest 2019 with features in Hollywood Life, Celebuzz, among others. Her last single was released to critical acclaim, with features in Taste of Country, The Boot, Sounds Like Nashville, and the music video was added into rotation on The Country Network. Splitting residency between New York and ...

About Carolyn

Born and raised in New York, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music (BFA Musical Theat

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Michael
Carolyn has and is exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. Like me, her interests in the performing arts are broad. I felt both excited and comfortable with her. She is professional and easy to talk to. I can sense strongly that Carolyn is full of love and compassion. I am so excited for the next lesson! Here's to the new horizon and everything in between! :) Thank you Carolyn for reassuring me that my decision to switch careers was a wise decision indeed. Dance forward.
William K.
could not have been a better start to my lessons!
Rick R.
My first lesson with Carolyn was very positive. She quickly assessed where I was and started from that point so we didn't waste time. She showed great passion for songwriting and a genuine interest in my development.
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Arrica R.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Awarded SAG Scholar from Screen Actor's Guild
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Film Production and Music Composition from University of Southern California
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Arrica R.

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I've been studying songwriting for over 20 years and I've professionally released several albums. I am grateful to have had my music licensed by Starbucks, NBC, The CW network, NikeWomen.com, and MTV. Whether you've never written a song before or are just in need of growth and guidance with your existing body of work, we'll work together to expand your songwriting skill set and repertoire.

About Arrica

I was born and raised in Los Angeles but I now split my time between the Bay Area (Oakland) and Los Angeles. I am a Professional Musician/Songwriter/Vocalist teaching songwriting, voice, and performance technique as well as a combination thereof. I began singing at a very young age for anyone who wo

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Chen L.
Had a lovely time!! Looking forward to learning more!
Sung Hae K.
Arrica is a very talented instructor. I benefit from both the structure of her lessons as well as how she teaches and motivates me.
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Dan B.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks Hebrew
  • Masters degree from Manhattan school of music NYC
  • Awarded 2nd prize in composition, honorable mention in songwriting contest from 1. Rubin Academy Jerusalem, 2. The Billboard international contest
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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 mu

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Dan C.
Dan knows how to do everything! I consider myself an advanced student, and he's able to clearly answer all of my questions and show me examples on the fly! I highly recommend him, especially if you're eager to learn quickly
Susan B.
Dan is an excellent instructor. Although I have played the piano for years, my technical skills and understanding of music theory have improved exponentially through my work with Dan. He is particularly accomplished at using multiple approaches to explain difficult concepts to ensure that I fully understand them. I highly recommend him.
Nicola H.
Have had a few lessons with Dan so far and nothing to complain about. Really this is the type of teacher I'm looking for the whole time as an adult beginner. He knows what he is doing and how to push you to the next level.
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Billy N.

14 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Teaching since 1982
  • BFA Jazz Performance from CCNY
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Billy N.

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I've taught many singer songwriters and have written the music for songs of other people.

About Billy

Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music a

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John
I was a beginner wanting to learn some Brazilian guitar: samba, bossa nova, etc. Billy was great for that as a very accomplished guitarist of that genre. He is very engaging and enthusiastic. He was patient with me in working on the difficult chords and strumming that this type of music requires. Having literally, "written the book", he had an organized approach. I also enjoyed his humor and occasional stories about guitarist he has know. Acho que ele tem Jeito para ensinar violao.
Rolf T.
So far great - just started
Kay D.
Billy is a patient instructor who is perfect for a beginner with some musical knowledge. I feel like we accomplished quite a bit in one lesson and I am looking forward to advancing under his guidance! #totallyworthit
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Avi B.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2007
  • BA in Music from CUNY City College of New York
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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.

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Dominick
Absolutely amazing teacher. Helped me work out some fundamental issues I had and then moved on to more of theory and workshopping.
Very knowledgeable and very helpful.
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Kevin T.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $90
  • Speaks Chinese (Mandarin), English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 3 to 93
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Kevin T.

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I specialize in beginner to very advanced training in Songwriting and Music Composition.

About Kevin

Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music busine

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Keith
I’ve been taking lessons from Kevin for about 2 months. Before that I’d been kind of aimlessly playing around with guitar. I was playing by myself for about 20 years and basically had no timing and rhythm. I’m not a funk master yet but Kevin has given me tools that have greatly improved my timing and for the first time actually believing that I’m going to do this. Thanks
Asam
I started taking lessons with Kevin about a month ago I took lessons when I was a kid, and remember some things, but my hands do not yet so what my head is telling them. Kevin has been great, adjusting to what I already know and adding a lot of music theory, which I never had learned before. Highly recommend Kevin.
Jo
I started learning Ukulele with Kevin and then picked up Guitar lately, Kevin has a systematic way of teaching, instead of covering each and every chords, he summarizes them by different shapes, and also their variations, so you can memorize the basics and find their "relative" chords easier. He also taught music theories, how each chord is formed, and if you want to play a specific song, he's also glad to help on finding the exact chord and transfer them into different notes that suits you. Definitely have your notebook ready since there's a lot to learn. The harder thing for myself is with the online class, it's not as efficient as a face-to-face one, I also tend to be less motivated to practise but you ought to just find your own motivation!

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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.

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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 $70. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $29 and $300 per hour.
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$43 average
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$56 average
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"Super passionate and knowledgable of his craft. His personal story is inspiring. Warning! He will take you to the edge to make you improve."
Martin
Took Songwriting lessons from Rodolfo G.
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"Indigo is an awesome teacher!"
Geoff
Took Songwriting lessons from Indigo S.
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"I love to write but then writing music seemed out of the ordinary. Well.... not any more! Thanks!"
Georgia
Took Songwriting lessons from James W.
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"As a fellow TakeLessons instructor, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be coached by Rosita. She is clearly knowledgable, candid, inspiring, and prepared. She also can run ZOOM like a champ which makes the lesson more valuable per minute! I will leave more reviews as my experience with her unfolds!"
Gregory Bruce Campbell
Took Songwriting lessons from Rosita R.
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"Carolyn is very patient kind and caring and easy going and also fun I would recemend here and do other lessons she has:)"
Abbie Roles
Took Songwriting lessons from Carolyn O.
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"Jeremie met with our daughter and took the time to learn her perspective and talent level and to develop a more individualized approach to working with her. He is incorporating music theory into songwriting. We are super pleased with his beginning work with her!"
Mackenzie
Took Songwriting lessons from Jeremie W.
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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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"Fawn is an amazing teacher. I've been taking songwriting classes from her and I learn something new every lesson. She's very sweet, talented, encouraging, and understanding. I was nervous to take lessons online at first, as I've never done it before, then was unsure who I should take from because I didn't want to get someone who was terrible. I got really lucky though, I highly recommend her. She's absolutely fantastic."
Ashley
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"whatzzzzz up, seth, you are the Beethoven of this millenia."
Jonathan
Took Songwriting lessons from Seth D.
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"Gary is extremely knowledgable and a great communicator of complex musical ideas and concepts. He has a way of breaking things down into "easy to understand" bite size pieces. This allows anyone to comprehend and master the rules of music in a third of the time other teachers have taken to teach the same information. He is professional, personable and an all around great teacher .
He has taught my daughter as well. We study songwriting together.
I highly recommend Gary!"
Steve S
Took Songwriting lessons from Gary R.
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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 creat

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ion 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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Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. …

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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 …

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How to Make Composing Fun for Singers and Pianists

Want to learn how to compose a song, but not sure where to start? Here, Saint Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares her strategy for teaching the process and making it fun at the same time! Read on to learn more...   Teaching my voice and piano students how to compose a song is a huge part of my curriculum. It is multi-functional, in that it works to hone students' sightsinging, musicianship, creativity, and theory knowledge in practice. And with most students out of school for the …

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