It may sound obvious, but it’s worth saying:  if you want to be an artist, songwriting skills are at the core your career.  Without good songs, there is no career.

…Yes, we know:  some artists don’t write their own songs. But most successful artists today do at least co-write their songs.  We’re in the business of maximizing your chances of success, and you are more likely to be successful if you have songwriting skills.

We offer 7-week songwriting classes about twice a year, and one-on-one songwriting consultations year round with Justin Long.  Some of our voice teachers also teach songwriting.

We can help you learn:

  • How to identify song sections, song structures and arrangements.
  • A song analysis method that will help you understand what makes great songs work.
  • Various strategies to find ideas and themes for your own original songs.
  • The basics of lyric writing: narrative, point of view and tense.
  • An easy music theory method to help you write chord progressions and spice up basic songs.
  • How to use melodic structure and repetition to write catchy melody lines.
  • How to jumpstart your creativity and write when you are uninspired.
  • The most important part of song writing: the editing process.

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After working with Justin for just a few weeks, my brand and imagery were dialed in, I had several effective strategies and goals in place, and I was beginning to feel suspiciously like a professional musician. The long-term value of his Artist Development coaching cannot be overstated; I still meet with him regularly because of his clear minded and versatile approach. He has an ear and a sense of the industry that’s very hard to come by, and I’ve gone out of my way to recommend his services to all the musicians I know.

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Alden Groves

Working with Justin was a fantastic experience that expanded my horizons as a producer and a musician. Justin’s depth of experience allows him to address big picture problems and help take songs from ‘good’ to ‘great.’ He has the ability to take you out of your comfort zone and make you take a sober look at your sticking points while still being a lot of fun to work with. It is invaluable to have a set of outside ears that you can trust. I really look forward to working with again Justin soon.

Russell Hedman
Rocket Surgeons

I recently started performance coaching lessons with Justin Long and I am seriously mind blown. There are very few schools that offer the curriculum available here. Schools which dispense knowledge in a practical manner that is useful AND AFFORDABLE to an indie artist like myself. I live in the Bay Area of California so our sessions are in video conference via Facetime, but the distance isn’t an issue. The breadth and depth of his expert instruction is thorough, easy to comprehend, logical, and compassionate. He exceeds my expectations (read: value=more bang for your buck). I always leave super excited to implement his methods!

Savy Som

I’ve been working with Justin Long doing artist development sessions and producing/recording, and he’s a great teacher and coach. He’s a humble, extremely talented guy and his teaching approach is thorough and focused on the needs of the student. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher or artist development coach.

Donnie Schexnayder

Prior to working with Justin, Jacob spent a year under the instruction of a very well known song writer with multiple contributions to his credit on several gold and platinum records. After a year I noticed that Jacob’s passion for song writing dwindled and he had not made much progress, so we decided to schedule some sessions with Justin. After three sessions with Justin, Jacob seemed to have a ‘spark’ and passion about song writing that never existed before. I am not sure exactly what it was, but all of the sudden, Jacob was spending a lot of time writing on his own initiative.

Jacob says that Justin is “fun, patient, kind, helpful and easy to talk to. He listens when I talk and explains things in a way that I understand them.” My son has received a lot of music industry instruction in the past. I must say that I am amazed at what Justin has done with my child and I emphatically recommend him.

John Larson

Justin gives the band members the tools they need to accomplish their goals, breaking it down into individual tasks to make it easier and more manageable. He gives them ideas when they’re stuck, and new ways of looking at things, whether it’s a song they’ve been playing for a while, or a new riff, lyric, or melody, giving them motivation to move forward and guiding them toward their goal, and basically keeps them on track. He gets to know each member’s learning style and adjusts accordingly.

Tricia K.
Our Generation

Working with Justin twice a month on guitar and song writing! I have seen a huge improvement in my ability to craft songs and it has been so much fun!

Drew F. $40-$100