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About Moriah D.

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Nashville singer-songwriter with a degree in Music Business and an emphasis in songwriting from MTSU. I've toured around the country as an artist, and currently write in the country, pop, and Christian genres. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student, helping them strengthen their natural style and grow to meet their personal goals. All experience levels welcome, I look forward to helping you learn to structure and hone the craft of songwriting, and express yourself through song. Sign up today, and lets make music fun and attainable!

About Moriah
I am a professional singer-songwriter, living in Nashville, TN, with a degree in Music Business from MTSU. I have been a touring artist for 10 years and have a passion for not only the craft of singing and songwriting, but for finding the uniqueness in others and helping them shine! In addition to writing and playing live, I currently write for and direct a youth choir in Nashville, TN, ages ranging from 12 - 19.

Students can expect to learn approachable, applicable techniques for healthy singing, developing and strengthening their voice, in a fun, down to earth setting. I believe no matter what level you're starting from, you can learn the tools to gain the confidence to accomplish your singing goals, with your given talents. Each lesson will be tailored to each students level, addressing both the actual skills involved with singing,
as well as getting comfortable expressing themselves and working past what might be holding them back from finding their personal voice.

As a songwriter, I can also offer one on one mentorship and lessons geared toward honing your craft, and working on your original music.

Whether it's singing for the very first time, getting to a place where you can impress your friends at karaoke, or strengthening your personal singing style in a healthy, sustainable way, I am excited to join you on your journey!
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Kate September 21, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Moriah is an amazing vocal instructor! She is so kind and focused on making sure you progress, whatever level you're at. She has given me wonderful tips and really helped me improve my technique. She really knows her stuff!
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Billy September 16, 2019
· Singing · Online
Moriah is so great to work with and an excellent teacher/ vocal coach. My technique, tone, and control have improved a lot in a short amount of time. Also if you want to learn harmony she's the best you're gonna find. 5 stars bc they don't have 6 for an option.
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About Lucian W.

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Miami, FL

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- Analyzing the 4 types of compositional concepts: melodic, lyric, harmonic, and rhythmic
- song structures (verse, chorus, bridge, pre-chorus etc.)
- chord progressions: diatonic (within the key) and non-diatonic (outside of the key)
- harmonic rhythm

About Lucian
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
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Carol January 17, 2019
· Guitar · In home
First lesson so far and took in just enough info so as to not be overloaded but enough to practice st home and keep interested. He was patient as I'm a true beginner.
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Salvatore D. April 5, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.
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Nathaniel S. March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.
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About Margo L.

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Chicago, IL

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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!

About Margo
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.
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Tina S. February 18, 2019
· Singing · In home
Margo is so talented, she is knowledgeable in techniques and has a special ability to know exactly
how to taylor your needs.
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Monica G. December 30, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Very helpful and encouraging.
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Aleya December 14, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
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.
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About Brian C.

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Portland, ME
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Learn how to write original songs while using your favorite cover songs as models.

About Brian
I have been playing guitar for 30 years. I am a state certified K-12 music teacher with over 7 years experience teaching guitar privately and in the classroom. I teach not only children but also adults of any level - beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Students can learn acoustic or electric guitar, and fingerstyle or pick playing. Styles taught include classical, rock and pop, blues, jazz, folk and country. Sight-reading, music theory, and learning by ear are skills all students will develop.

"I like Mr. C. because he always cheers me up if I do something wrong on guitar. He helps you through step by step." -- Aaron, age 9

"I would emphasize your patience with me and your ability to simplify coursework." -- Fedja, age 37

"Excellent teacher with lots of patience. Kick-started me into the musical world and inspired me to learn gu
itar and start singing." -- Angelina, age 16

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will begin with tuning the guitar and warm-ups. Then we'll move on to either our practice books or a song or piece you have chosen to learn and study not found in the books.

If you are beginner, we'll start with how you handle the guitar and any technique issues. Then we'll work on note and chord recognition, the ability to sight-read and play from memory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2011 Apple iMac;
MXL 910 microphone;
Yamaha Nylon-String Electric-Acoustic Guitar;
Yamaha Steel String Guitar;
Gibson Les Paul Special Electric Guitar;
Esteve Spanish Classical Guitar;
Roland Cube 80 electric guitar amplifier;
Ibanez T80 acoustic guitar amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stands;
Foot Rests

*** Specialties ***
Song Transcriptions - Use your ear to learn and notate song melodies and the guitar parts
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Jo July 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very good first lesson.
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Sam K.

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I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Catherine June 13, 2019
· Fiddle · In studio
Sam was awesome - is a wealth of knowledge and skill and had so much to share. I will definitely be going back for many more lessons!
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Katharina K. June 18, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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About Maria S.

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Atlanta, GA

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About Maria
MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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Laurian C. June 29, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson!!
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Grace W. June 7, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter takes guitar from Maria and I didn’t realize how much she’s progressed until we went to a friend’s recital. 8 months with Maria and my child is leaps and bounds ahead of kids who’ve been taking for 2-3 years. It’s really motivating for her to see. Maria has standards which are non-negotiable but she’s patient and truly guides the kids to success. I’m so happy with our choice as her as a teacher.
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Carlos V. June 6, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Maria has been wonderful with our son. Very motivating and goal based. The recitals blow me away year after year. The progress these kids make with her plus the longevity of her students says a lot.
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About Aldrin E.

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Boca Raton, FL
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If you love music and have the passion it takes to learn to play an instrument I'll be honored to have you as a student. Whether you want to take Piano, Guitar, Singing or Violin Lessons, we will work closely with you to help you gain the confidence you need to perform at a very good level.

I am a musician from the Conservatory of Bellas Artes in Colombia and a Music Producer from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My Career began when I was 12 years old playing Piano and today I work among world known musicians.

Most of our students are from the South Florida area. Our pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget.

About Aldrin
If you love music and have the passion it takes to learn to play an instrument I'll be honored to have you as a student. Whether you want to take Piano, Guitar, Singing or Violin Lessons, we will work closely with you to help you gain the confidence you need to perform at a very good level.

I am a musician from the Conservatory of Bellas Artes in Colombia and a Music Producer from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My Career began when I was 12 years old playing Piano and today I work among world known musicians.

Most of our students are from the South Florida area. Our pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget.
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Lindsay *. May 27, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Brent K. May 8, 2019
· Piano · In home
Aldrin has been teaching my two children for a few years. He has done a great job helping them progress through new and more difficult songs. I recommend him to anyone wanting to learn piano.

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Landon April 24, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Very professional and talented musician! My son is really enjoying his lessons with Aldrin.
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About Annie A.

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Hermitage, TN
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I am currently only accepting students taking lessons every week. I can help with the basics of songwriting and putting words and music together, all the way up to the advanced and polishing songs you've already written!

About Annie
Annie brings a unique set of experiences to every musical venture she embarks on. She is a classically trained vocalist who traveled the country and the world with the renowned Millikin University Choir during her undergraduate studies. Annie graduated with a degree in Commercial music, and spent her time outside of University Choir singing in jazz and contemporary ensembles, working and performing in the recording studio, and practicing songwriting. After graduation, she moved to Nashville, where she resides today, writing and performing original country music under the stage name Annie Kennedy. All of these experiences make her a well rounded and versatile performer and teacher. For her students, she can help them find their unique voice and style, while teaching classical sensibilities and vocal technique for healthy delivery and perfo
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Dauminique H. June 17, 2019
· Singing · In studio
She’s very helpful and insightful for what I needed at the time she was not demeaning or overbearing and I thought very comfortable working with her when I return to Tennessee I will definitely consider her again
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Mikala November 3, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Annie does a great job with my elementary age kids. Great approach with kids - they look forward to lessons every week.
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Marissa July 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Annie has been great so far in teaching my daughter guitar. She is very patient and laid back, which is what my child needs!
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About Morgan W.

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Simi Valley, CA

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I teach you to study songwriting through really studying music, not through a book, as if you were learning to speak your native language all over again. Within the first four lessons you will have the ability to play and construct all seven modes in all twelve keys, including major and minor scales.

Since I believe it is counter-productive to separate song-writing, theory and ear training, we then take time to internalize all of the modes through the study of melody composition and improvisation.

After you learn to intellectualize and identify the modes, we move onto studying arpeggios and chords that are directly built from each mode. During this phase, we will also begin to study chord progressions and introductory voice-leading.

After learning to construct the chords from each mode, we study a concept called "voice-leading" which is really just the theoretical way of saying "there's many ways to make a chord with the same 3 or 4 notes sound different." Understanding ...

About Morgan
I am a songwriter and composer with an education in classical and jazz guitar,

I started playing 13 years ago, and have definitely had hit my share of plateaus along the way which led me to enrolling in music school.

In school, I learned a lot about the intellectual side of music, but I felt like I was always missing something. My professors would assure me that it'd click eventually, and it did.

I paid attention to the methodology of composers and jazz improvisers. I couldn't wonder help but wonder where the similarities were, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. They learned music from the sounds themselves, not from theory books and classrooms. Then, taking inspiration from Miles Davis, I dropped out of music school and began my real education.
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Olivia July 29, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have learned such so much in such a short time taking lessons with Morgan. His style is relaxed and informative.
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Greg July 29, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Great instructor. Can't recommend him enough.
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Paul July 29, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In home
theres nothing morgan can't teach. soloing, riffing, songwriting. i have a completely new and better approach to writing songs with my band after taking lessons with him.
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About Sarah N.

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As a professional singer, songwriter and musician, I have spent the past decade touring the world performing songs I wrote myself, and it has brought me so much joy and fulfilment!

I would love to share my excitement and passion for songwriting with you, whether you have never written a song before but have the burning desire to do so and don't know where to start, or perhaps you have a song or songs that you started but are needing guidance to complete them - I will share my wealth of experience including song structure, chord progressions, melody, rhythm, lyric writing and more with patience, clarity and non-judgement to support you in writing your best song(s)!

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Hi / Hola !

I'm Sarah (aka Saritah), happy to 'meet' you :)

As a professional singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording and touring artist for the past 15 years, music is my life. I have written, recorded and released 3 full length albums, 1 EP and many singles and have spent the past decade performing these songs at festivals and venues worldwide.

I'm so happy you are taking a step to invite more music into your life, because I know first hand how much joy it brings, and would love to share the passion I have for music with you by helping you learn, grow and expand your abilities.
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