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Songwriting Classes Herndon VA

Songwriting classes cover subjects such as lyric writing, harmony, music writing, jazz composition, commercial songwriting techniques and more. See below for local businesses in Herndon that give access to jingle writing, music notation using finale, as well as advice and content on music composition for films.

Wade M.
(877) 231-8505
University Drive
Fairfax, VA
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Recording, Songwriting, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 99
Specialties
Beginning through Advanced/Professional Level Piano; Classical; Introductory Jazz; Music Theory; Composition; Song Writing; Improvisation; Ear Training; Sight Singing; Conducting; Dalcroze method; Orff method; Suzuki method; Artistry at the Piano;
Education
Stetson University - Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance - 2010 George Mason University - Master of Music in Piano Performance - 2012
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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CelloSpeak
(703) 264-1258
Reston VA
Reston, VA

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Montgomery College
(301) 251-7552
Rockville MD
Rockville, MD

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American University
(202) 885-6000
NW Washington DC
NW Washington, DC

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Haichong Noh Piano Studio at St. Francis School
(703) 723-9160
44125 Woodridge Pkwy., Ste. 220
Leesburg, VA
 
Khanh-Vi N.
(877) 231-8505
Sydenstricker Road
Springfield, VA
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 80
Specialties
Classical music/keyboard styles; Piano pedagogy; contempory/jazz composition; Suzuki Method.
Education
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus - Music Theory, Piano - August 2002-July 2004 (not complete) Virginia Commonwealth University - Music Education - August 2004-Present (not complete)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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CelloSpeak
2364 Old Trail Road
Reston, VA
 
Washington Conservatory of Music
(301) 320-2770
Bethesda MD
Bethesda, MD

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University of the District of Columbia
(202) 274-5803
Washington DC
Washington, DC

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Howard University
(202) 806-7137
Washington DC
Washington, DC

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Defining The True Artist - Do You Have What It Takes?

Defining The True Artist - Do You Have What It Takes?
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

There are musicians who are more than comfortable remaining anonymous. You know, happy to hide behind their guitars or keyboards and be sidemen to the stars of today or tomorrow. Then there are those that have grandiose aspirations of stardom, adoration and limelight. And then there are those who have a driving desire and need to say something original artistically, to express themselves and to communicate that expression to an audience, be it a small niche market or wider demographic.

Those falling into the first category can make a living, albeit fairly modest as a general rule. Those falling into the second category often live in a little bit of a dream world and, depending on their tenacity and 'smart' skills, usually end up disappointed because the focus is set on the destination rather than the journey. The third category usually reap the rewards of the second category gaining all the success and limelight, but as a result of focusing on their art rather than the shallow and flighty end of the musician's world. These are usually the most fascinating people too, because they generally have a little mystery about them and because they actually possess what most entertainers really want; sincere and dedicated talent!

But there are also those that are in the early stages of artistic development who are still learning their craft, and open to influences. Possibly they will become great artists in the future, possibly not. It will be a question of choices and consequences, and doors opened and opportunities taken advantage of - or not. Life certainly will take you places.

But for those that do have aspirations of artistry and expression, then I firmly believe you must have qualities that others do not have. As an artist I believe one must stand out from the heard in order to be heard. It is so easy to make a record these days. One no longer needs to have the luxury of a recording contract in order to stand on a pedestal and say "I am an artist - buy my record!" With home studios costing one 16th of the price they did ten years ago and with software programs that do it all, you can churn out albums by the dozen if you put your mind to it. And many do.

However, just because you can, why would you? - is my question. Just for fun? OK, valid I suppose. But Isn't it better to spend that time and energy searching relentlessly for something unique and different? God knows record companies are releasing enough crap by the hour, even signed artists are now under the impression they have got something to offer. Maybe they have, but for the most part I don't think so (as public reaction and their soundscans will attest!)

Perhaps I am being extremely unfair, but I think too many artists do not realize that they have a responsibility to say something profoundly unique, certainly if they expect any kin...

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