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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $235 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$37 average
$160
45-min $20
 
$49 average
$199
60-min $25
 
$62 average
$235

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute songwriting lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute songwriting lessons are 21% less expensive at $49, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $37.

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Songwriting Lesson Reviews from Students

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Popular Songwriting teachers

Missy M.

Goodlettsville, TN
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Eric J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Los Angeles, CA
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About Missy M.

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Goodlettsville, TN

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Trigg February 21, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Missy is great! She has a unique way of understanding how I, as an individual, learn rather than cookie cutter teaching. She explains why we are doing things the way we are and how it will help me be able to play later. I'd recommend her to anyone and I'm looking forward to me next lesson!
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Lucy December 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Missy is great and so helpful!!!
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Kathleen May 31, 2018
· Singing · In studio
If you are looking for a top-notch music instructor for voice, guitar, or piano, look no further!
My granddaughters took voice, guitar, and piano from Missy from the age of third grade through high school. I selected Missy due to her experience: classically trained on piano and voice during her formative years, studied at Berklee College of Music, Boston, toured the country as a solo singer/songwriter, and played world-famous and iconic venues, including the late CBGBs in New York City and the Bluebird in Nashville. You can find her on iTunes, and one of her students, Paul Thomas Mitchell (a.k.a. Tommy Mitchell) was on the hit television show, America's Got Talent.
When my granddaughters were young, Missy worked tirelessly to create lesson plans for my granddaughters in order to keep them interested in music. For example, if my younger granddaughter (3rd grade at the time) was unmotivated to practice in her workbooks at home, Missy would spend part of a lesson just talking with my granddaughter about what music she was currently enjoying. Then Missy would incorporate that music into her lesson plan. As a result, my granddaughter became once again motivated to practice. Missy makes lessons fun while still teaching technique.
I never imagined all that my granddaughters would learn and enjoy while studying under Missy. And Missy's work with her students does not end in her music studio. My granddaughters participated in summer band camps and performed at small local venues, all organized by Missy.
Although my granddaughters no longer take lessons from Missy, because they live out of town and are in college, we all consider her a dear friend. She genuinely cares about her students and keeps in touch long after lessons end.

About Eric J.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I will help you understand the traditional, classical, pop, and Jazz harmonic/melodic writing rules for you to use in your own composition, songwriting, part-writing & arrangement.

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Ondrej C. February 26, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Alejandro February 23, 2019
· Singing · Online
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Austin W. February 12, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Eric has been the most patient, well-prepared teacher I have ever had. Very concise and a great player himself. Jumped right into lessons that pertain to my playing style and my musical interests. Looking forward to continuing to grow as a player with Eric

About Jonah R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Nothing is quite as rewarding as writing your own material, however, it's easy to feel stuck with an idea if you don't know how to fully develop it. I will help you take that one lick/chord change/vocal melody you've been working on and turn it into a fully fleshed out song. We'll take the time to learn the individual roles and functions of certain song sections, and pretty soon you'll be writing your best material with much more focus and confidence!

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Grace February 14, 2019
· Guitar ·
My husband has been taking guitar lessons with Jonah for a couple of years now and is very happy with him. Very patient and good with all ages!
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Alex December 14, 2018
· Guitar ·
My son has been taking lessons with Jonah for almost a year, and really loves working with him. I recently decided to join in with lessons of my own to try to progress out of the guitar rut I was stuck in. Jonah is pleasure to work with. Whether you're a beginner or beyond, Jonah is a patient, capable, and engaging teacher. We recommend him highly.
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Maurice November 27, 2018
· Guitar ·
Jonah is a Godsend, seriously! I couldn’t have imagined, in my wildest dreams, a better introduction to guitar. Not only is he incredibly patient and knowledgable concerning guitar, but his passion and genuine love for the teaching process is palpable. I would recommend him a billion times over to anyone looking to learn, brush up, or further shape their guitar skills!

Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Mimi D.

Tulsa, OK
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About Dennis B.

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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.

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Mike January 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
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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Jennifer W. August 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis is a friendly and kompetent teacher and I am looking forward to his next lesson!
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Thalia June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was an excellent teacher. He is incredibly talented and his passion for music is contagious. Dennis was also very patient and understanding. He meets you where you're at, and is able to address any questions or difficulties you might encounter. I enjoyed every lesson!

About Janis V.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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I love teaching song writing! My credits include song placement in the Hallmark Channel movie "Smooch" and the TNT movie "Deck the Halls". I have written numerous songs, some of which are available on iTunes. I write both children and adult songs.

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Elizabeth B. February 14, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Nice and puts no pressure on you!
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Mastaneh January 29, 2019
· Piano · In home
Janis has been working with my daughter on multiple subjects, including Piano, reading, math, science, and ukulele since she was 4 years old. The impact that she has had on my child goes beyond just being a teacher - she has helped shape her personality and has instilled in her a love and enthusiasm for learning that is priceless.
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Mojgan January 24, 2019
· Piano · In home
Janis has been an amazing teacher and mentor to my children for the past 15 years. She was the kindest, and the most patient teacher with the greatest teaching method for math and English as a tutor to my son, who is currently studying for his MBA. And she was the most patient and flexible as well as detail oriented piano instructor for my younger daughter. Her unique teaching methods help her students learn and retain information and her kind smile and sense of humor make the kids want to continue their work and practice.

About Mimi D.

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Tulsa, OK
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All ages. All levels.
From very beginners to advanced.
Any and All music genres and styles.
I help my students unleash their creativity, increase their confidence and accomplish their goals. I have lots of knowledge and experience in writing songs and will help to equip you in being the best you can be. I will also collaborate with you if you want or need that.
I have recorded several CDs of original songs, music and scores.

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Gail B. March 14, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Mimi continues to be very patient and kind. I feel I am progressing in my learning/skills nicely. I could not ask for a better instructor!
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tawna March 13, 2019
· Violin · Online
My first lesson was wonderful!! I can now confidently hold my violin, tune it, know strings, how to hold my bow and more!! I am still so thrilled! Thanks Mimi, I am so looking forward to next week!
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Charlene February 21, 2019
· Suzuki Method · Online
Have had only one lesson, and Mimi was very encouraging. Am looking forward to more. She was very motivating!

Recent Songwriting Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Songwriting articles on our blog.

How to Write Lyrics: Steps to Success for Any Musical Style

How to Write Lyrics: Steps to Success for Any Musical Style

Interested in learning how to write lyrics and songs? Here, New Jersey guitar teacher Matthew H. explains an easy 3-step process to follow...  Songwriting is not easy; just ask any composer or lyricist. While the musical composition is highly important (making sure the melody is catchy without sounding too trite), having a strong, relatable message to go along with a great tune is just as, if not more, important. Here are some tips on how to write lyrics for a good song. 1) What is the … Read More

How to Write Lyrics: Steps to Success for Any Musical Style
Interested in learning how to write lyrics and songs? Here, New Jersey guitar teacher Matthew H. explains an easy 3-step process to follow...  Songwriting is not easy; just ask any composer or lyricist. While the musical composition is highly important (making sure the melody is catchy without sounding too trite), having a strong, relatable message to go along with a great tune is just as, if not more, important. Here are some tips on how to write lyrics for a good song. 1) What is the
Logic Pro Tutorial: How To Create An Audio Slow-Down Effect
Want to add a cool slow-down effect to your music? Learn how in this Logic Pro tutorial from Brevard, NC teacher John C...   If you've listened to popular radio in the past several years, and I’m guessing you have, you've heard either a vocal melody line or an instrumental part of a song make a particular effect. Listen to the following Fall Out Boy song and pay attention to the music in the background at 00:27 seconds, again at 1:27, and once again at 2:27: Did you hear it? Th
6 Destructive Beliefs That Hold Beginner Musicians Back
Do you ever wonder how good your skills would be now if you started practicing a year ago? A question like this should motivate, not dishearten you. In this article, guest writer Elizabeth Kane will take you through six destructive beliefs you might face as you're learning how to become a musician, and how you can overcome them...   Mind Over Matter Your mind is a powerful tool. Your thoughts dictate just about every conscious decision you make. Whether you're a beginner guitari
The Anatomy of a Hit Pop Song [Infographic]
When you're learning how to write a song, looking at how other songs are structured can be a great place to start. Like looking at a map before you go on a roadtrip, checking out the basic elements of songs you love gives you a sense of how they were written and what you need to do to write a song of your own. If analyzing all your favorite songs sounds like a daunting task (it is), you're in luck. The Billboard Experiment wanted to know if there was a formula that could determine which songs
25 Ways to Break Free from Songwriters' Block
Every songwriter runs into writers' block at some point in their career. To help you dig your way out of the dreaded doldrums of songwriters' block, we put together 25 songwriting tips and prompts plus great songs to inspire you. Check out these songwriting tips and find your muse today!   Bonus: Take the quiz to find out what you should write your next song about! Write about your day. Think your life is boring and you have nothing to say? Check out the lyrics to thi

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Have you always wanted to write a song, perhaps for a loved one, but simply could not figure out the basic elements required to write a catchy song? As a lyricist, inspiration can be come at any time and can be found in many places. Songwriting lessons are unique in that they will help you identify these moments of inspiration with tips and tools from professional songwriting instructor. Lessons can help you learn how to write a hit song, or simply provide you with a wonderful creative outlet. If you’re interested in songwriting music lessons can help expose you to songwriting workshops, resources, contests, techniques, and tips on how to get you or your child started writing a song.

Our lessons will help students understand the structure of songs, and from there transform them from the casual lyricist to the sharpest songwriter they can possibly be. So if you want to become a lyrical genius like John Lennon, Kurt Cobain or Alanis Morisette enroll in lessons and start your songwriting career today!

Private lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online - accelerates your progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every beginner's chances of becoming an expert pianist. It's easy and affordable to book a teacher, and the lessons make a powerful, long-lasting impact.

Our songwriting teachers work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. Your teacher can coach you on the basic fundamentals of song structure, in addition to the technical aspects such as title and lyric construction, chords, melodies, music theory, and more. They also cover the physical, social, and emotional benefits of practicing the art of writing songs. They even teach you how to write song for different musical genres.

Your instructor can teach you different songwriting techniques and tips, and help you develop good practice routines, so that you can hack your learning experience, and achieve your goals faster. Learn to write songs for any occasion, genre, or audience.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find the perfect match for your interest and skill level. Each instructor's specialties are listed in their profile, along with details about their background, photos, student feedback and lesson availability.

Students taking online songwriting lessons can learn at their own convenience, enjoy better rates, and choose from a wider selection of teachers nationwide. If you've ever taken any music classes over Skype, you'll love using our interactive TakeLessons Classroom.

We guarantee a personalized experience that will exceed your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson. Find the perfect songwriting teacher today.

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