Triana Presley

Triana P.

Berkeley, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an award-winning song writer with professional and personal experience in the local music scene as well as the national and commercial areas. I've studied piano, guitar, music theory, songwriting writing. I even dabbled in a professional music career, writing and performing across New York City, the SF Bay Area, and Nashville. While still quite young myself, I began writing at a very young age. I took both instrument and songwriting lessons for many years and have won awards in both local and international songwriting competitions.

I love working with teens and young adults but have also worked with much more experienced musicians. I have experience writing with up and coming local artists and Nashville musical veterans. I can teach and guide your songs to be stronger with:
- structure and flow
- melodies that fit the mood of the song
- "catchiness"
- rhymes
- creative word choice
- writing for radio/tv/film
- writing for performance
- harmonies and instrument arrangement

Generally lessons involve a song that has already been written (or started) however I can also give basic songwriting lessons to those that have never written music before. While my personal style ranges from folk, to pop, to Americana, I have taught clients from a variety of musical backgrounds and I find that the pre-produced song has much more flexible boundaries.

About Triana P.

I am an award-winning song writer with professional and personal experience in the local music scene as well as the national and commercial areas. I've studied piano, guitar, music theory, and songwriting. I have even dabbled in a professional music career, writing and performing across New York City, the SF Bay Area, and Nashville, TN. While still quite young myself, I began writing at a very young age. I have studied both instrument and songwriting for many years and have won awards in both local and international songwriting competitions.

I love working with teens and young adults but have also worked with much more experienced musicians. I have written with up and coming local artists as well as Nashville musical veterans. I can teach you skills and guide your songs to be stronger with:
- structure and flow
- melodies that fit the mood of the song
- "catchiness"
- rhymes
- creative word choice
- writing for radio/tv/film
- writing for performance
- harmonies and instrument arrangement

Generally, lessons involve a song that has already been written (or started) however I can also give basic songwriting lessons to those that have never written music before. While my personal style ranges from folk, to pop, to Americana, I have taught clients from a variety of musical backgrounds and I find that the pre-produced song has much more flexible boundaries.

Song Reviews:
“This song grabbed me right from the start. The music and lyrics epitomize the laid-back, adventurous nature-loving attitude! And the original and well-centered title/hook perfectly personifies this theme! There’s no doubt that Triana has songwriting talent." - International Songwriting Contest Judges

"Lyrical metaphor is outstanding! We love the relatable premise and poetic simile... this reflects Triana's talent and brilliance as a songwriter. This is what songwriting is all about!" - International Songwriting Contest Judges

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Harper R.
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Posted Jun 2, 2020
Lorena
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When I worked with Triana, she was very helpful in helping me revise and reconstruct one of my original songs. She was a very constructive co-writer and instructor, as she helped make sure that each section of my song had a purpose and was impactful. Overall, Triana has a lot to offer to up and coming songwriters who may want an experienced musician or writer’s valuable input.

https://lorenaandreamusic.com

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Laura
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Triana was great with my two daughters that desperately wanted to learn how to write their own songs. She was patient and listened to them. They've both gained a lot more confidence and love bringing their songs to her each week!

Posted Oct 7, 2019
Amelia
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When I first took lessons with Triana, I thought I was a pretty good song writer. Looking back I can see how much I have improved. I always felt like my songs could be better, but I didn't know how I could get them to the place I wanted. Triana has an uncanny ability to hear the best version of your song and guide you towards it. I never felt like she was writing for me, but helping me hear the places in my own song that needed work. I feel like my songs are so much stronger now and, more importantly, I can see the places in my own song that need work and can make them better on my own!

Posted Oct 7, 2019
Emy
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Triana is a phenomenal songwriting instructor. I had a basic understanding of songwriting when I first took a lesson, and Triana helped me hear my own songs from a whole new perspective. She knows exactly what will improve your song and your writing technique but is also so considerate about staying true your style and taste.

My songs have gone from decent to catchy, fun, and powerful! Anyone looking to get into songwriting or looking to write stronger songs would be lucky to take lessons from her! I can't recommend her enough!

Posted Oct 6, 2019

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Education

Songwriting
Jan 2006 - Present

Private Lessons and Professional Achievements

Guitar
Jan 2008 - Dec 2012

Private Lessons

Piano
Jan 2001 - Dec 2012

Private Lessons

Awards

Best Lyric of the Year
Jun 2017

West Coast Songwriters

Best Line of the Year
May 2017

West Coast Songwriters

Finalist for Best Song of the Year
Apr 2017

The Great American Song Contest

Finalist for Best Song of the Year
Apr 2016

Great American Song Contest

Affiliations

West Coast Songwriters Association
Jan 2016
West Coast Songwriters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. Founded in 1979, WCS has grown into one of the most active music associations in the USA, offering more than 20 events per month. Whether your goal is personal expression or to make a living in the music industry, knowing how to write, or recognize a well crafted song is key to your success. At WCS, members establish important relationships, both professionally and personally, that enhance and accelerate their development. Music ceases to be a solitary pursuit and becomes a shared endeavor through the focus, feedback, collaboration, contacts/networking and support that WCS provides.

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