I coach songwriting- helping writers develop concepts and complete their songs. Writers will learn song form and improve melody and lyric writing.
Michael is an artist/songwriter with a broad background of experience from live performances and studio work across the US and Europe. He has sung for many labels, publishers, and on jingles. As a songwriter, he has songs recorded internationally by other artists and in film. He has a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Vocal Performance from Belmont University (Nashville, TN). As a vocal instructor, he held a Masterclass of commercial Voice for the Royal Academy of Music in London in. Michael works with singers of all levels from beginners to professionals.
*** Lesson Details *** Michael covers all modern styles of music; pop, soul, jazz, r&b, country, rock, and on and on. Michael works with all levels of singers, from beginners to professionals, who want to work on specific areas.
Michael will help you improve your...
Technique- We will help you improve breathing, phrasing, improving tone, projection and develop range.
Artistry- Some singers already have a sense of "who they are" and have found their "sound" as artists, and others need help refining it. We'll look at what songs are great for you, (maybe you write your own) how to style songs and make them your own and even experiment with different genres.
Performance skills- It's one thing to sing in a room one on one with a vocal instructor and quite another to be onstage with an audience with all eyes on you as you stand in front of the mic. How do you connect with your audience? How do you handle nerves? How do you talk between songs? Some of these things are learned best from experience. Most singers are working on their voice because they want to perform. Michael will provide opportunities for performance experience for each artist when each individual is ready.
Be an Intelligent singer- Learn how to be ready for an audition. How to communicate with a band /accompanists. How to know what keys you need your songs in. Learn about singing harmonies/backing vocals. Learn about recording vocals in the studio.
This is what one new student had to say about their first lesson with Michael...
"I had SO much fun this past Sunday, Michael. I already feel like I learned a great deal. You are such a fun and easy going teacher. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks!"
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring a keyboard and a laptop. It would be nice if they could provide a CD player, but not necessary.
*** Specialties *** pop, soul, r&b, rock, country, any commercial styles. Performance coaching, Songwriting
Michael is the best singing teacher I've ever had. He has done a wonderful job of helping me to reach the potential that I knew I had as a singer.
His unique and innovative approach to vocal warm ups has helped me to find and define my vocal range.
He also happens to be an excellent vocal arranger, having helped me to add vocal accents to my songs that have given them new life.
Thank you for everything Michael!
April 10, 2015
Michael has been a savior for me, both in terms of expanding my vocal capacity and helping me develop my artistry and songwriting! He is encouraging, kind, fun, motivating and professional. He has truly been a caring teacher, mentor, and guide for me as I move forward in my music career, and has gone above and beyond his job as a vocal coach, taking the time and energy to invest in understanding my artistic vision, and helping me articulate and execute each step along the way. I would recommend him to anyone looking for guidance in a talented vocal coach and all around professional music mentor!Thank you Michael!
October 18, 2014
Michael is the best! Right from the start he picked up on the weak areas of my voice and we've been working on it since. He goes through the exercises such that I'm singing the way I wanted without even thinking about it. And he doesn't miss a thing. If I miss a note he's right there having me do it over again until I get it right.
He also explained in detail what the problem areas were and how to fix them. Describing with words how to use the human voice is no easy task, but he knows exactly how to get the point across.
I was originally pessimistic about online lessons, but I thought I'd try it since I couldn't find anyone with credentials and experience like Michael's in Atlanta for less than a gajillion an hour. I was pleasantly surprised. I can sing in the comfort of my own home, and it's just like he's right there with me.
Want to write songs with interesting melodies and chord changes?
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time. I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15. By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years. After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong. In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes. Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to focus on three things every lesson. 1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination 2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense. 3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.
*** Specialties *** I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
Learn about the four principal elements of a song:Lyrics,Melody,Harmony and Rhythm and how to combine them. Learn about: Intros, bridges,codas and Key Changes. How to Use Chords and Inversions and how to write good melodies, plus much more
I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.
I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.
*** Lesson Details *** Play What You Want!!!!,Learn What You Need!!! Focus on real-world guitar skills: Starts on the Low E string;Learn chords from day one,from their root notes;Learn notes in a logical/alphabetical sequence;Perform rhythm and accompaniment parts right away (not just melodies). What will my students learn: First position chords, rhythm riffs,patterns,blues and rock clichés.Music notation,tableture an
d chord charts.Pick and fingerstyle techniques,Improvisation and playing by ear. HOW TO PLAY LIKE!!!! Break down songs and techniques into easily digestible chunks. Individual segments are played slowly first,then brought to speed. You'll find you're learning and improving faster than you ever believed possible. CLASSIC ROCK: From Aerosmith to ZZTOP. GUITAR HEROES:From Randy Rhoads to Yngwie Malmsteen TEXAS COUNTRY: From Randy Rogers to Charlie Robinson. TEXAS BLUES: From Freddie King to Stevie Ray Vaughan. METAL GUITAR: CLASSIC 70's to Today's Heroes PROGRESSIVE ROCK-METAL: From Dream Theater to Periphery.. CLASSICAL GUITAR: From Bach to Vivaldi. And many more Styles, send me a question and ask about your personal music choice.
*** Studio Equipment *** Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps ,Martin,Taylor Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboards, recording softwear.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar and amps. books. Student: metronome and tuner.
*** Specialties *** Finger Picking Techniques,MusicTheory and How to get a good sound with your guitar.
I am a songwriter and composer by partial trade and I could help students write songs and original compositions that will blow their audience away. I have experience writing for videos and video games. I have also published a short book on songwriting in 30 minutes or less out on Amazon. One could expect a complete break down of melody and chords and how the words fit, or if an instrumental, how to choose what instruments to write for, what their ranges are, etc.
With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me. I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes. Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!
*** Lesson Details *** I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music. I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on. I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!
*** Studio Equipment *** Alesis Recital Keyboard Music sheets Web cam Mac computer (MacBook Pro) Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Music paper for away lessons. Finale for composition and music theory lessons. Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.
*** Specialties *** I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media. I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music. I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
Reviews from Others: Gohar S. Said: Cody is a great teacher - my daughter loves learning piano now (it was difficult to convince her before).
Paul G. Said: Cody is a very knowledgeable teacher! He is very patient with students as well! I am looking forward to seeing what my own musical path will take with his help!!
Minna S. Said: Cody was very prompt in his response and made himself available so my son could take lessons. He was very polite and patient with my son. We look forward to seeing our son's progress with Cody's instructor.
Judene B. Said: Corey is a wonderful piano teacher! He is kind and supportive, and motivates you to work at your best. I highly recommend!
Grace C. Said: Cody is very patient and accommodating to my learning needs.
So, if you need lessons online, come take lessons with me! I'll help you!
No matter the genre, my songwriting techniques are guaranteed to help you write hit after hit. We can write to tracks or with no music at all. Either way, I will assist you in constructing melodies, lyrics and content that will be a sure win!
Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? Are you ready for something different? If your voice isn’t becoming to you, YOU should be coming to ME!
I know what it's like to be frustrated with boring exercises and processes that seem to take a lot of time but yield no results. That's why I decided to teach DIFFERENTLY!
I've invested a lot of time, energy, emotion and $$$ on big-name schools and "experts", only to be disappointed with what I was taught because a lot of the information or techniques they employed simply didn't apply to me or my goals.
Since 1997, I have perfected the K.I.S.S. methodology to improve sales, stage performance, professional advancement and overall quality of life. My effectiveness and willingness to guarantee my work sets me worlds apart from every other professional in my field. Furthermore,
I have been named "Top Producer" in EVERY sales and management position held and have won first place in every singing and speech competition EVER entered since 1991. However, with my accolades, I am humble, easy-going and take a light-hearted and humorous approach to my coaching sessions. At an early age, I was taught the importance of working "smart" and not "hard." Efficiency and effectiveness were the order of every day. As the daughter of a Master Herbalist/musician (mother) and bodybuilder/ musician/ policeman (father), wellness, discipline and the stage have always been the way of life. As a child, I was fascinated by my mother's stories of performing with members of Earth, Wind and Fire and other famous musicians and marveled at my father's accounts of being a friend and colleague of Sergio "The Myth" Oliva (3x Mr. Olympia). These experiences piqued a strong interest in stage performance and resulted in years of training in fine arts, fitness and linguistics. I was constantly reminded that the best performers in any field are "complete packages", meaning that they are well-rounded and adept in multiple facets of their chosen field. To become a complete package, I studied classical piano and vocal performance at Sherwood Conservatory of Music and VanderCook College of Music; martial arts (Hapkido) at Hyun's; Fashion Design and Merchandise Management at International Academy of Design & Technology; herbal medicine at The School of Natural Healing; acting and musical improvisation at ETA Theatre and The Second City; flag, rifle and sabre twirling with South Shore Drill Team and runway/print modeling at Barbizon and The Fashion Connection. I have also studied tap, liturgical, ballet, modern, salsa, ballroom and street dance; speech therapy; actively study psychology, anatomy and nutrition and am a NESTA-certified wellness coach.
*** Specialties *** Pitch Correction Whistle Register Development Vocal Physiology Overcoming Performance Anxiety Accent Reduction Repertoire Selection Concert and Competition Preparation Public Speaking Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument Overcoming Speech Impediments Stage Movement Studio Recording Techniques Songwriting Image Development Vocal Range Enhancement Post-surgical re-immersion Students with autism, down syndrome and speech impediments
Group classes are also available.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. Custom action plan will be given to each student on a case-by-case basis. No instruments are used in my lessons, as I train the voice to be a standalone instrument. However, if you would like to accompany yourself with a guitar, piano or percussion instrument, you are very welcome to do so.
*Please note that 15-minute sessions are ONLY available online. In-person sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes. 31 and 61-minute sessions are for whistle register training only.
Online Disclaimer: When choosing online lessons, please make sure that your system is functioning properly, that you know how to use the platform, that you have a good internet connection and that you are logged in on time, as no concessions will be made for time used due to technical difficulties.
Timing Disclaimer: Our time together is very valuable. If you are not on time for your session, the missed portion will not be made up at the end of the session. If I am not on time, I will make up the missed portion at the end of the session or alternate agreed-upon time. No exceptions or make-up sessions will be made for illness, weather, transportation issues (including car trouble), or any other short-notice reason. Rescheduled lessons must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and must be made up within the calendar week of the original lesson. If it is not made up within that week, it will still count as a paid session and cannot be made up at a later time.
Margo is so talented, she is knowledgeable in techniques and has a special ability to know exactly
how to taylor your needs.
December 30, 2018
Very helpful and encouraging.
December 14, 2018
Margo was amazing! I went to Margo to improve my speech and speaking voice. Within a few minutes of talking to me, Margo diagnosed my problem and gave me execercises to do. I saw improvements in my speech after the first session! Her fun personality made the sessions enjoyable and I walked away with helpful excercises.
Emphasis on basic music theory knowledge and heavy emphasis on transcribing and learning songs.
The absolute best way to become a competent songwriter is by listening to and learning other artist's music. By listening, you discover what elements you want in your own music and by learning (with a basic understanding of music theory), you discover how to put those elements into your own music.
Some topics I like to go over in a given songwriting lesson are as follows:
-Chord progressions and use of "color" chords -Note choice and how to decide what note to sing/play -Dynamics (basically intensity of the sections) -Instrumentation (what instruments are playing what) -Melodic phrasing (how you string notes together to make your musical "sentence")
My name is Christian L. and I am a 28 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, and performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.
Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learn
ing style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.
Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:
Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.
This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.
I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.
One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.
For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
Christian was beyond what I have expected and look forward to our next sessions ...great teacher and took time to show and explain the correct way of playing
April 8, 2019
Lessons with Christian have been very informative and fun. He is not only a talented player, but knowledgeable regarding music theory. Most importantly, he has the ability to teach and communicate concepts and and content in practical ways that are beneficial to the student.
He has been proactive, supportive and will go beyond time constraint in order to take advantage of the moment and accomplish the goal of each lesson.
So far, a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
March 6, 2019
Wow wow wow. I had my first lesson with Christian, and he absolutely blew me away. Super talented musician. He has such a wealth of knowledge of the fretboard, musical theory, and different genres. I am into prog rock/metal and blues. I’ve never taken lessons before, and do not know scales or many chords, and christian identified exactly where to start off. He broke it down to a science and completely demystified the guitar. In small bite sized chunks we went for over two hours. It was a proper class with 1 on 1 personal attention. He is approachable with any question, and helps you understand the WHY of things, not just how to do something, which gives you such a stronger foundation to build off. I cannot wait for the next session.
TESTIMONIALS "Jonathan's experience as a musician and teacher helped me advance tremendously in my ability to play guitar and understand music on a more advanced level. He's great at relating to his students and takes a genuine interest in their progress. " -Victoria L.
I have been writing songs from a very young age. As I have learned more about music, I've found that there are unlimited possibilities in the realm of songwriting. Helping others write songs is a passion of mine, and with a solid grounding in music theory and with over a hundred songs to my name, I am well qualified to teach songwriting.
Whether you want to write pop, rock, funk, jazz, or anything else, I can give you the tools to create wonderful music.
Hello! My name is Sean H, and I am very passionate about helping my students accomplish their musical goals. I have been teaching for over six years and also have extensive experience as a performer. I have received several musical awards, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader, I have experience in many different aspects of music that I pass along to my students. I give lessons on upright and electric bass, guitar, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. In addition to this, I offer songwriting, ear training, and music theory lessons.
Sean was really on the spot with us. I am a beginning strings instructor, and my son didn't want to take lessons from anyone but me. Not only did Sean win me over with his pedagogy, but he won my son over as well.
"Enzo always comes out excited from his class with Axel. Looking forward for more"
"I love to write but then writing music seemed out of the ordinary. Well.... not any more! Thanks!"
"I'm not being hyperbolic when I write that Kelly is one of the finest teachers I've ever had. I'm a singer-songwriter with unlimited drive, but frustratin
gly limited musical skills, and Kelly has been able to teach me theory and any number of other related skills such that I've made great progress. She is very patient, extremely musical, and has great taste, which sure doesn't hurt!"
"Mimi helps me to gain confidence in my singing and songwriting and helps me feel good about the songs I write. She also helps inspire my creativity and gi
ves me good ideas for what I can work on. She is a very patient, knowledgeable, and compassionate instructor, definitely several points above average!"
"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!"
"Desmond is very passionate and full of great ideas that his students can use to help their progress. He's a great teacher!"
"he's great!!!! i'm excited about working with him. he was very nice and had a gentle quality about him. Which i like.. i understood my lesson and exci
ted about doing my homework for him. i always wanted to play piano-key boards and i feel my dreams may come true!!! something i thoughT i would never accomplish is being give to me...from someone????. ! Any way, it was a great experience! Thank-you!!! Amd many blessings!"
"Kyle is very informative, knowledgeable about the subject, patient, and supportive, and he has a wonderful sense of humor! I am learning a lot in my songw
riting lessons and gaining much more self-confidence. Definitely several points above average!"
"I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for years now for music theory, acoustic guitar, singing, recording, and now songwriting. Its awesome to have all th
ose options in one place. Jimmy has a lot of experience when it comes to writing songs and it shows in the way he teaches. He always shows excitement towards the new songs I bring to him, and encourages me to keep writing. He has taught me how easy it can be to create songs, while taking what he has taught me with music theory to push the song to the next level. The best part is when I decide I like a song, he has the ability to record it for me in his studio. This process of recording and listening to what you have created is invaluable. I always look forward to lessons with Jimmy and highly recommend him."
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When it comes to lyric-writing and songwriting, nobody can really teach you how to do it – it’s better to show by example. Whether you’re simply writing lyrics to a song you will one day sing (or someone else will sing for you) or you’re songwriting to a musical piece you found or created, …