Russell Shiffer

Russell S.

Milpitas, CA

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Russell delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been composing and teaching music for over 30 years. I have a degree in music composition. I am a published composer and songwriter, and was the audio director for a major video game publisher. I teach most styles of music, from classical to jazz, dance, pop, rock and more.

I believe that anyone who has something they want to say can be a great songwriter. I will work with you to improve your lyrics, melodies, chord changes, rhythms and arrangements.

We will write songs together as well as review songs you have written and analyze songs that you admire. I will help you record your songs, whether you want to post them on the internet or pitch them to established artists.


Composer, 'The Blues'
Jan 2015 - Present

Composer and songwriter for an upcoming musical called 'The Blues (or something like it)'

Independent Songwriter
Jan 2008 - Present

Writing mostly country and adult contemporary music for myself and other artists.

Audio Director
Jan 1990 - Jan 1995

Responsible for the music and sound effects in most of the internally developed Accolade games during this time, including Les Manley: Search for the King, Altered Destiny, Test Drive III and many others.

Jun 1989 - Jul 1989
July 4th Show

Composed and arranged big band music for the July 4th show at West LA college. Dancers from the Downey Academy of Dance performed routines to this music.

Songwriter / Keyboardist
Jun 1987 - Jun 1989

Keyboardist and songwriter for the rock band Coda.

Music Teacher
Feb 1987 - Jun 1989
Calmont School

Taught pre-K - 6th grade music at this private elementary school.


B.M, Music Composition
Sep 1984 - Jun 1988
California State University, Northridge
A.A. Music
Sep 1981 - Jun 1984
Los Medanos College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Mar 2018

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Russell S. Intro - I'd like to teach you how to write better music
One of my songs - Whiskey Road.  A country song about coping with loss the wrong way.
I am always happy to see a new student!

Get your lyrics and score perfect!

On stage with Coda in the '80's

My work area.  Not fancy, but efficient!
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2 Reviews

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Kayla Mar 28, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Russell is very kind and has a great deal of experience in songwriting. His style varies through many different genres and I would highly recommend!!

David Mar 27, 2018
Songwriting · Online

Russell is very patient, knowledgeable in many styles of music and knows his music theory. I highly recommend him!

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