Songsmith LA

Top Music School in Los Angeles
Sing • Play • Write • Connect • Listen • Learn

Songsmith LA provides music lessons in Los Angeles, California covering voice, piano, keys, songwriting, singing, guitar, bass, and more, all ages.

Songwriting, Recording, & Production LessonS & SERVICES

I used to think that songwriting and composition [were...] a gift only some people had and I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. ... When I started piano back up again [on a lark] and then expressed my interest in songwriting, I wasn’t expecting much from myself... But, Bobby really helped to decrypt the structure of songwriting for me and ... I started to really get the hang of it. From just the basic four chord pop tune to adding in some more unexpected choices, I’m totally that singer-songwriter I always embarrassingly envisioned in my head. And, he’s been great with the vocals as well, helping me to know what works for my body and providing concrete tips for the kind of singing I want to do.
— Tawal P, Songwriting, Voice, and Piano Student
  • chords & music theory: types and progressions; modes and scales; how to get that certain sound that Band X or Artist Y does that you want to incorporate into your own existing or budding style, but don't want to make it sound plagiarized.

  • song structure and composition form: when to use a bridge, what to repeat, when to change your sections, when to alter chords

  • how to write a song / your first song! Including: lyric writing / free writing, / object writing, lyrics-first approach, music-first approach, melody-only approach

  • melody form: how to write a good melody or hook, how to write an effective chorus

  • performance opportunities / peer review and exposure: not only do we help you with the above, you have opportunities to perform you original songs and compositions at studio events, or have other students perform them for you.

  • and above all else, how to be inspired to write, and how to start the process. This is very important, as everyone is different and as an artist, you have probably experienced self-imposed judgment of your work. You have good taste and you want your art to meet your standards. I can get you where you need to be so that you're consistently producing, learning from setbacks (you have to write bad music to write good music, or "shit makes the best fertilizer"), and leveraging the bad to make the good.

Write On. Right On.

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