Malena Kennedy

Malena K.

Los Angeles, CA
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Learning a musical instrument should be fun and inspiring! In private guitar lessons and kids’ workshops I strive to cultivate a nurturing space where kids feel free to express themselves, make mistakes and grow.

I believe in the importance of paying close attention to the ways in which each child learns best. Using music books and popular songs that resonate with each child we build a lesson plan that keeps them excited about music while developing their musical skills and beginning to understand theory. I aim to strike a balance between playful and challenging that keeps kids engaged, encouraged and wanting to learn more.

About Malena K.

Malena Cadiz has been writing and recording for nearly a decade. She's released three studio albums and toured the US and Europe. Her work has been lauded by NPR, Vogue, Stereogum and American Songwriter. She was a finalist for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2020. She started her own teaching practice, Coyote Canyon Music five years ago and fell in love with sharing the process of constructing songs with others. She offers monthly salons and one on one instruction.


“Your artistry is directly connected to your vulnerability” - David Whyte

Songwriting is a powerful tool of self expression. It’s a means of sharing, constellating and finding beauty in one’s own story. My workshops are focused on finding one’s own unique songwriting through the practice and craft of combining poetry and music.

Writers at all stages of their process are welcome. By diving deeply into our own stories we’ll surface with songs that are truly unique to each writer, uncovering the universal in the personal.

In each session we will:
- Share completed songs and songs in progress and receive feedback
- Work on honing specificity, creating powerful visuals, and storytelling by showing, not telling
- Experiment with themes (i.e. Object, Character, Story songs)
- Work on melody, chord structure and form
- Strive to build community, creating the opportunity for support, accountability and ongoing collaborations


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Melaena was an incredible teacher for my daughter's introduction to, and learning of guitar. She brought excitement, inspiration, magic and knowledge to each lesson and my daughter learned easily and with so much joy! I couldn't recommend a better instructor - Meleana is a fun, skilled and natural music teacher.

Thank you so much for everything Melaena!

Posted Jun 25, 2019
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I've learned so much about songwriting with Melaena and can't recommend her highly enough! I've had some really important break throughs from our sessions and I always leave feeling inspired and excited about music.

Posted Jun 19, 2019
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Melaena was great with my 7 year old. Made her feel comfortable and able to open up with ideas and suggestions. She mediated the class well and allowed for all participants’ voices to be heard. Had an amazing end result each class. True treasures we’ll cherish forever.
Thanks for everything Melaena!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
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Melaena is an amazing teacher! She is patient, encouraging, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. I really enjoyed sitting through her songwriting lesson. She was well organized and had exercises to go through that were challenging and fun. I can definitely see myself improving as a songwriter with more lessons with her.

Posted Jun 13, 2019

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Guitar & Songwriting Teacher
Jan 2019 - Present

Coyote Canyon Music

Private Lessons & Group Workshops

Guitar & Songwriting Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present

Private Lessons in NYC & Songsmith L.A.

• Teaching children ages 6-12 and adult beginners • Adapting to each students’ needs and interests to create compelling, educational and fun lesson plans • Working with parents to support enthusiastic practice habits at home • Responsible for developing and leading monthly workshops • Responsible for designing curriculum for a lyric-focused multi-session songwriting workshop • Responsible for co-leading monthly drop-in song labs with school director

Singer and Songwriter
May 2010 - Present

Misra Records, Modernworks, Freelance Performer

Writing and co-writing songs for TV, Film and Commercial pitches Writing, performing and touring as solo project Released two studio albums, receiving accolades from NPR, American Songwriter, Stereogum



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


May 2010
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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