Piano and songwriting lessons for all ages! Piano and songwriting lessons for all ages!

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OUR PROMISE

We’ll tailor your piano lessons or songwriting lessons to your personal goals. Learn piano your way or on a track below!

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LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO

Our essential track for newcomers to the instrument. We'll work backward from your personal goals and dreams to build the skills you’ll need to achieve them. Our piano lessons will start you on the path to exploration and experimentation without negative feedback or repetitive drudgery. The skills you acquire will prepare you to learn piano accompaniment and improvisation as well as for songwriting lessons; they will also lay a solid foundation for classical study should you wish to go that route.

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mechanics of motion, posture & ergonomics, force & duration, pattern-recognition, rhythm & meter, harmony & dissonance, whole steps & half steps, keys & scales, octaves, notation, good practice habits


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LEARN TO IMPROVISE

The next step after you have some basics under your belt. Now you can begin to experiment with the conventions of music. As you progress, you’ll experience the powerful satisfaction that comes when you can sit down alone or with friends and make some magic happen. With your new bag of tricks, the possibilities will be endless.

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chords & inversions, rhythm & meter, the blues, motifs & variations 101, bass rhythms, accentuation, syncopation, transitional chords, building & dissipating tension, flourishes, intensity, the element of surprise, embracing mistakes, fake books, sight-reading, keyboard patches & synthesizers


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BECOME A SONGWRITER

Songwriting lessons are best begun after you’ve mastered the basics and built confidence in your ability to work with accompaniment and improvisation. You’ll learn how to create, record, transcribe, arrange, workshop, and reimagine ideas for songs & pieces. Our focus will vary depending on your goals. There are lots of ways into the craft of writing music, so we’ll determine the methods that work best for you.

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music theory, motifs & variations 201, cataloguing ideas with modern devices, finding a song’s "spirit guide", building parts, breaking rules, arrangements, lyricism, writing for other instruments, digital audio workstations


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A photograph of Russell Cornwell, Studio Principal. Background verified by Checkr via Wyzant, and via TakeLessons.com.

Russell was awarded the Bertelsmann World of Expression award for songwriting. He has written for film, off-Broadway, pop, indie, rock, alternative, glam, electronic, classical, & experimental, and has played meccas like Los Angeles, NYC, & Austin.

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