Lessons On Songwriting And Music Theory

Lessons On Songwriting And Music Theory

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About this pro

As a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, I can offer you insights into songwriting, contemporary theory, and piano studies at a reasonable rate. My studies in the music industry and marketing can also offer you a chance to monetize your skills/material, once you feel you're ready. 

I'm in my last semester at Berklee College of Music studying piano, songwriting and music business. My piano training began in the classical realm and has grown into the contemporary jazz and pop spaces that are more popular today. I've written hundreds of songs including arranging for instrumentation, putting together demos in my home studio, and recording/producing in professional studios. I've studied both traditional theory and jazz harmony, ear training, and music business/marketing in extensive detail.

My goal, first and foremost, is to facilitate your creativity, whatever your goal may be as a student. Whether it's playing piano for your family around the holidays, becoming a performing pianist, putting together your album, learning theory for the first time, writing your first song, studying legendary writers/players you admire, or getting feedback on your work, making sure you get the most out of our time is a priority. 

As Stevie Wonder sang, "Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand." What we create speaks to a universal language that can inspire thought and emotion in ourselves and our listeners. The more we study and continue to grow, the better we get at communicating through our music!

As a music teacher: The best part of teaching is getting to be a part of someone's musical journey! I learn an incredible amount as a teacher; I'm proud to say I am a student of the game and continue to grow with those I teach. Come as you are and so will I!

As a songwriter: While inspiration can be a tricky thing and there are limitless places to get stuck in the journey of writing a song, I have a true passion for working and reworking the songwriting process. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding the perfect lyric, the climactic chord, or the most eyebrow-raising hook after you’ve spent hours or days or weeks deliberating. Of course, I’m no stranger to writer’s block. This is why I am so enthusiastic about developing my process as I continue to grow as a songwriter!  Now, when I get stuck, I have a reserve of tools I’ve learned for making headway, not only eliminating writer’s block but using it to my advantage.

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  • Jillian James

    Drew is a musical inspiration to me! I feel so lucky to have found her as an instructor. She both encourages me and challenges me to stretch out of my comfort zone and into my creativity. Her passion for song writing is contagious. Within just a short period of time working with Drew, I have found myself noticing things in music I before never discerned, and getting carried away with lyrics and tunes of my creation. She tailors our lessons to my needs, and always has a something prepared to share. I highly recommend her!

  • Carolina

    I am a beginner and she made me feel very comfortable and had lots a patience with me. I would definitely recommend take classes with her :)

  • John Lacouture

    First piano teacher I’ve had that’s taught me both classical music and how to learn my favorite songs by ear. If I hadn’t moved away, I’d still be taking lessons


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My first priority is to understand what goals you have in taking lessons, so I can make sure we're a good match and keep track of our progress. 

It's also important to understand how you learn best - whether it's visually, aurally, or through active participation, so that I can employ that technique as much as possible. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have 4+ years of songwriting and theory courses as a piano principle at Berklee College of Music, the leading contemporary music school, under my belt. I've mastered courses such as rock/pop/jazz ensembles, advanced harmony and ear training, survey of piano styles, private lessons, songwriting 1 + 2, lyric writing 1 + 2, advanced lyric writing 1 + 2, advanced songwriting, jingle writing, the business of songwriting, workshopping/performance courses, courses built around recording/producing demos in the studio, music publishing, and professional development in the songwriting industry. 

My dual major in business (with a focus in marketing) allows me to offer practical insights into monetizing your music, copyright law, publishing deals, recording contracts, digital marketing, music release campaigns, and general business communication practices in the industry. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing is on a case by case basis depending on goals, depth of content, and frequency/length of lessons. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've taught piano lessons since I was in high school when I found I had a passion for it! Music theory and ear training have been two of my most competent subjects since beginning at Berklee, and I've taught them both in my piano and songwriting lessons as part of the curriculum. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Some students I've taught have never picked up an instrument, while some are masters at their instrument and want to improve a specific skill (like ear training or writing). We're all at a different point in our musical journey, and I'm happy to say I welcome all! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I've been rehearsing for an upcoming production of Dreamgirls that I'm thrilled to be playing piano for. It's almost two hours of nonstop music (besides intermission), and every rehearsal is exciting!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice would be to find a teacher that is passionate about helping you achieve your goals and is willing to push you in the ways you'd like to be pushed in order to achieve them. I've studied with my fair share of teachers, and the most inspiring of them changed their curriculum to help me get the most out of the time. 

It's also worth seeking a teacher who's active in their respective field and professional community. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

"After 6 months of lessons, what would I like to have accomplished?" This can range from preparing a certain piece, writing x number of songs, being able to sightread a melody without your instrument, or recording one of your songs in a home studio. If 6 months is too long or short, what's your timeline? 

"How much time can I commit weekly to preparing for my lesson?" If you find you have less than 20 minutes a day, it's reasonable to consider biweekly lessons so that you get the most out of your time. 

"How will I know if a teacher is a good fit for me?" What qualities matter most to you in a teacher? For example, do you prefer a laid-back teacher with a sense of humor or is proficiency in the subject matter the only thing that matters to you? Of course, even the most proficient in their profession will find they're not a match for every student. Also, it's okay to try lessons with a certain teacher and decide to try again with someone else.