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Songwriting Class

Looking for help with your Songwriting?
If you have ever felt inspired to write your own music but didn’t know where or how to start, or if you need an encouraging ear to help guide you and organize your thoughts, this is the lesson plan for you! Maybe you have been taking lessons for years and finally want to try your hand at writing your own music. Perhaps you are a vocalist who doesn't play an instrument, or an instrumentalist who doesn't like to sing but wants to hear your lyrics come to life. (Think Elton John and Bernie Taupin!) Maybe you are even a poet that has no musical experience but feels your words could benefit from an added musical dimension. Regardless of musical background each student that takes this class will hear their songs come to life and have recordings of it all!

There is no experience too little or too much to prevent you from writing your own songs, so what are you waiting for?

Songwriting Classes
What: Classes are one-on-one, between the student and the teacher.
When: Classes are once a week, and last 30 minutes.
Where: For the time being, classes are being held online via video.
Online Format: Zoom
Tuition: $30 per week, billed monthly.

This class is designed to react to each student's abilities and strengths. You do not need to know how to play an instrument to take this class.

Meet Your Teacher

Emily McDermott has been studying piano since 1995, and voice since 2004. Along with performing, Emily is also an accomplished songwriter, and teacher of composition and songwriting. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. Her love for music and performance has taken her on an incredible journey. Starting in Metro Detroit where she grew up and got her education, taking her to N.Y.C and Off Broadway, on to Westchester NY where she created and ran her own music department at a K-8 grammar school and taught piano/voice/acting at the Bennett Academy of Performing Arts, and finally landing her in Middletown CT with her husband and three children where she teaches privately, sings professionally and writes her own music. Recently Emily has begun the process of writing and recording an album with her band which they hope to release soon. While she was in college Emily studied many different performance genres. She is well versed in anything from classical to contemporary (Opera, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock n Roll…etc.) In her lessons she offers focus on sight-reading, improvisation, performance, theory and composition/songwriting. Her goal as a teacher is to introduce and familiarize every student with the foundations in each musical subset and to set them up for success in pursuing the music they connect with. Music is such a powerful influence on our lives, Emily makes it a priority to guide her students and help them forge their own path to create a long lasting relationship with their music and instruments while at the same time providing them with a strong foundation and musical background. .

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Store Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
About Us!

Your place for music lessons and supplies in Middletown. Middlesex Music Academy is a non-corporate locally owned business. As a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce we strive to support local businesses and build the community as a whole.