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Popular Songwriting Teachers in Fairfax, VA

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Roger F.

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Hyattsville, MD
Starting at $30
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  • Speaks English, French
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Roger F.

Hyattsville, MD

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About Roger

I love teaching! I love connecting with people to find out what inspires them and I feel that I learn as much from my students as I teach them. I have almost 30 years of playing experience in a variety of styles and over 20 years of experience teaching the guitar to many hundreds students of

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May 9, 2018
Arushi
I started taking lessons with Roger almost an year ago. I was completely clueless when I signed up for classes. He convinced me that I can play a musical instrument. He has guided me a lot throughout. From picking up a guitar, to teaching me my first song. He is very passionate about music and that shows from his work as a musician and as a teacher. Roger tries to make sure that his students love music the same way he does. As a teacher he is very patient and flexible. He tailors each class to his student's needs.
He is one of the greatest teacher I have worked with. I really look forward to my lesson every week.
February 23, 2018
Scott S.
Roger teaches our 8 year-old daughter introduction lessons for guitar. His casual approach and friendly demeanor are a perfect approach. Our daughter anticipates weekly interaction with Roger; she considers him a friend who plays guitar games and patiently listens to her stories while they play.

Roger is both a skilled musician and measured teacher focused on the long-game of loving music rather than immediate gains. We are very please with his work.
April 26, 2017
Tyler
Roger was my first guitar teacher, and one of the best teachers that I've had the pleasure to work with. As a professional guitarist, I have had the chance to look back on when I was studying with Roger and compare my opinion now to the opinion I had while I was studying with him. My opinion now is the same as it was back then: Roger is an exceptionally capable and talented educator. He is very easy to work with and is always flexible in each lesson. Flexibility is important; an ideal teacher will have lesson plans with specific skills that he/she feels the student needs to learn, but they will also allow the student's current interests to guide the lessons. Roger was always happy to address any questions or concerns I had, but also made sure to guide my attention to critical skills that helped me grow as a musician. One such skill is proper technique, which is necessary for improving the student's ability to play and for preventing injury. With his background as a classical guitarist, Roger was able to teach me perfect left and right hand technique, which is something I still consider to be one of my strongest assets as a guitarist. His skills and interests extend far beyond classical guitar into genres like rock and jazz. In our lessons we would work on just about anything. We covered topics and styles like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Wes Montgomery, improvisation, James Taylor's fingerstyle playing, music theory, and sight reading. Overall, I found Roger to be an ideal teacher for students at any skill level, from total beginners to those who are highly experienced.
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Dennis B.

(17)
Bethesda, MD
Starting at $40
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  • Teaching since 1987
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD

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I encourage all students to try writing music or at least coming up with their own basic ideas. I will then work with the student's ideas to help them learn how to develop an initial idea into a large more complete musical form. If the student is able to write more complete songs I will coach them in techniques to improve the structure, harmony and melody of their work. I try to demonstrate ways that they can improve their writing without simply rewriting their ideas for them. For all of this I draw on my many years of experience as a composer. I try to guide the student towards developing a process of writing music that works for them. My main goal is to help them to grow into their own musical voice rather than to simply do what I suggest.

About Dennis

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age

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November 4, 2019
Charese
Dennis is a fabulous teacher! I took lessons for 2 (?) years from him in high school, entering with decent knowledge of music from other instruments but only beginner-intermediate guitar skills from self-teaching and guitar class in school (what a joke). From the very start he adjusted to my level, asking me to play something I knew and identifying the chords that I had (unknowingly) played, and creating an exercise for me to practice new chords at home. Lessons were nothing but fun and informative; Dennis is a great conversationalist and incredibly knowledgeable about music theory. His lessons are full of variety: scales (different positions and modes), progressions (written on the spot by Dennis), improvisation (with live accompaniment), transcriptions (of your favorite songs), and learning from the book. Looking back, I progressed immensely under Dennis’s tutelage, from barely playing barre chords to writing my own music in different modes! It certainly doesn’t hurt that Dennis treats his students as equals, and that his home is always welcoming. He’s invested, not the type of teacher to chase you off once your “time’s up.” If I hadn’t gone off to college, I’d still be taking lessons from him for sure! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking for enjoyable, enriching guitar lessons.
June 13, 2019
Andrew H.
Dennis has a great comprehensive approach to teaching guitar. He helps you understand the nuances of the instrument, and provides specific instruction based on your individual needs. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and shares anecdotes about those experiences to help better understand topics relevant to your own personal pursuit of improved playing.

Even if you aren't sure exactly what you want to get out of lessons, Dennis is quick to provide material that will help you improve your skills. They are laid out in a clear way and act as a great resource to add to your collection of practice material.

I'm happy I took lessons with Dennis, and others should definitely work with him if looking for a laid back atmosphere and a steady pace of improvement and understanding.
January 6, 2018
Mike
Dennis was my instructor and is a bit modest about his experience. He taught me on my mom's crappy nylon stringed spanish acoustic guitar back in the 80s. I hope he reads this and remembers the little studios at Fox's Music in Falls Church. He patiently taught me Rick Springfield songs, probably against his taste and better judgment. Anyway, he got me started in my teens and I'm still playing some of the tunes he taught me (plus a few hundred others) on a slightly nicer guitar these days, in my 40s. Keep rockin', Dennis, and thanks for helping spark a hobby I still enjoy decades later!
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Tommy W.

(8)
Falls Church, VA
Starting at $40
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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Jazz Bass Performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
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Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA

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I am in 6 local bands, and have played in a dozen more in my time. Spread through those bands, I have written approximately 200 songs since I was 18. I have recorded numerous times and have a few releases on independent labels in the Washington, DC area. If you have a vision for a song, but aren't quite sure how to manifest it, I can help you.

About Tommy

My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls C

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November 30, 2018
Julia
Tom is a good teacher with solid knowledge which he is able to pass on in a clear and understandable way.
February 26, 2018
Matthew F.
Tommy is a solid bass guitar teacher. My lesson was better than expected!
February 26, 2018
Anne P.
Just had my first guitar lesson. Tommy was very patient and supportive and explained clearly what I needed to do.

Meet Online Songwriting Teachers Serving Fairfax, VA

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Jonathan R.

(3)
Songwriting
Starting at $28
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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  • Bachelor's Degree - Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2001
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About Jonathan

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.

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June 18, 2019
Elijah L.
Jonathan is nice and easy for my son to feel comfortable with. He comes to our house and makes learning easy and fun.
January 25, 2019
laura
Very helpful instructor, great at explaining information
December 1, 2018
laura
Great custom lesson
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Cathy R.

(8)
Songwriting
Starting at $30
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio

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  • Speaks English, Spanish, French, French and Spanish, as well as Italian diction
  • Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University
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Cathy R.

(8)

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Online Songwriting Teacher

Having a catalog of original songs, many published on recordings around the world, I will guide all students in techniques for capturing your creative ideas for original works, as well as specific projects. We will study the characteristics that make each musical genre unique, and create beautiful original songs. I will provide all the knowledge and education to copy-right, publish, and sell your songs, and learn how to build a successful career in the music industry.

About Cathy

 Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups Key Areas of St

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October 4, 2017
Tom
Cathy is a great and caring teacher who helped me correct the vocal problem I was having. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.
September 30, 2017
Javan
Cathy is patience and methodically, intuitively Planning lessons that are specific to my personal goals.
March 19, 2017
Sydney W.
Cathy was terrific! My daughter had one week to prepare for a very important10 minute presentation and Cathy gave great advice and was truly invested in helping her be her best self with poise and confidence. Definitely recommend her!
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Scott M.

(6)
Songwriting
Starting at $35
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home

  • Speaks German, English, Italian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Music from Private Company
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Online Songwriting Teacher

I can help you write songs, from finding a melody and writing lyrics, to advanced chord progressions and the theory behind choosing what chords to use and where, how to change keys, and help you expand on your ideas. I can teach you how to copyright songs and market them. Songwriting is probably my favorite part of the musical experience.

About Scott

Hi! I'm Scott. I perform with a one-man band setup I created which utilizes a modified guitar and home-made foot pedals to control a drum set, while I sing on top of it all. I have a recording studio at home, and have performed with bands as a singer, guitarist, saxophonist, bassist, percussion

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October 3, 2018
Matthew T.
Scott is a great teacher, informative, very skilled and fun to work with
May 10, 2018
Liam
Had our first lesson with Scott. He was great with my 7 year old. We look forward to future lessons with him!
December 12, 2017
Eric
Very personable and eager to share his love of music. He’s not looking to teach you “his way” but meeting you where you’re at and helping you get to where you want to go, musically.

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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in Fairfax, VA

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in Fairfax is $72. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $35 and $300 per hour.
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$42 average
45 min
$55 average
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"Greg shares his expertise freely and made the concepts easy to understand. He is an extraordinary musician and comical educator. His presentation was compelling and I couldn’t wait to return for more lessons! Now I can tackle the songwriting process with confidence!"
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Took Songwriting lessons from Greg C.
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"great lesson. Excellent instructor"
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Took Songwriting lessons from Josh L.
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"I've been learning songwriting and music theory from David and it couldn't be any better. He's very professional and personable, and he makes sure to work with you, not above you. He shows a genuine enthusiasm for his students' musical interests and formulates instruction around them. David encourages questions, which creates a comfortable and effective teacher-student interaction. Between my weekly lessons, I find myself impatiently counting down the days until my next scheduled lesson. While the genre of songwriting that I've been working on with David's guidance has been contemporary Christian, I'm sure that he would be an effective teacher in any genre, whether the student were writing songs or playing them."
- Martin
Took Songwriting lessons from David M.
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"The songwriting classes with Kenneth have been very beneficial. In just a short period of time, I have learned so much about songwriting techniques. Kenneth has demonstrated to me the step by step lyric writing process. I have been able to make lyrics I wrote come alive once music was added to my song. I highly recommend Kenneth to anyone needing guidance with learning more about songwriting techniques."
- Sheryl
Took Songwriting lessons from Wendy R.
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"Indigo is an awesome teacher!"
- Geoff
Took Songwriting lessons from Indigo S.
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"I enjoy my song writing coach Frankie. His knowledge and patience was well appreciated."
- Dwonka "Dee"
Took Songwriting lessons from Frankie P.
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"Hannah's awesome! I contacted her mainly for songwriting feedback but also for guidance while applying and auditioning for BYU's commercial music program. She always went above and beyond in assisting me from songwriting, to voice lessons, to guidance with production and recording and navigating the local music scene. Hannah knows what she is talking about in both vocal and music techniques, as well as the business side of music. And even more important, she truly loves what she does and has a natural ability for teaching in a way that will help you grow immensely! If you are even slightly on the fence about taking lessons from her, don't be--you won't be disappointed!"
- Nicole
Took Songwriting lessons from Hannah G.
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"I am an older student that has been predominantly self-taught, and wanted some assistance with my songwriting. What better teacher is there than one with than one that is signed, is proficient at music theory and teaches a number of instruments? Natalie has used a variety of resources to help move me forward."
- Rich LeBlanc
Took Songwriting lessons from Natalie H.
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"Working with Fawn on my songs the past 3 years has been a complete blessing. What used to be disorganized thoughts have been turned into lyrics and songs. I never thought I'd see the day when my songs would be ready to be recorded in a studio. Also, it's cool to be working with a coach who is current. (She just won for the Great America Song Contest last month). With all the awards she has won and career success she's had, she is still humble and really cares about her students progress and own careers. I love working with her and look forward to continuing."
- Ashley J
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"I love lessons with Keira! She is so friendly and knowledgeable, and she really cares about her students."
- Maria
Took Songwriting lessons from Keira M.
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