We offer songwriting lessons for all levels, ages 10 and up. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced songwriter, we can help you become the songwriter you always wanted to be!

Our instructors are professional musicians who play in bands, perform, and record. Our songwriting lessons are tailored to your unique goals, musical taste and the amount of time you have to write and practice every week. We are fluent in music theory and have tons of experience in creating a personalized curriculums that will take you where you want to go.

Songwriting Lessons take place at our newly renovated studios in Lafayette, CA right off the freeway. We have a private parking lot, and street parking is plentiful. We are less than a mile away from Lafayette BART, and the way over is perfect for walking or cycling.

“Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is.” – Willie Nelson. In these lessons, you’ll learn some basic piano or guitar skills and write simple songs by using the bread-and-butter chords that accompany a lot of our favorite melodies. We’ll develop lyrics through writing exercises designed to get your creativity flowing. Once we’ve covered the basics, we can expand your musical vocabulary by exploring just what chords are behind the genres that interest you.

These lessons are for instrumentalists and singers interested in writing their own material. In these lessons, you’ll be introduced to the elements of songwriting and learn methods for setting your lyric ideas to music and vice versa. These lessons are tailored to your interests and can combine writing exercises, music theory, musical analysis, improvisation, and basic piano or guitar methods.

These lessons are for those who write songs and are looking to expand their musical vocabulary and strengthen their lyric writing. We’ll develop lyrics through writing exercises designed to enrich language and evoke vivid imagery. Lessons will be tailored to your interests and can include exploration of harmonic and melodic structure, form, arranging your music for performance, lyric-writing, developing and recording demos, and music business.

for those who are interested in writing songs without words. Lessons are tailored for your interests and include instruction in melody writing, harmonization and part-writing, musical form and analysis, arranging for musicians, orchestration, and notation.


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ModernTone is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette at 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The studio’s location is right off the freeway so getting here from Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Martinez, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill and Concord is a fast and simple.

Lessons are $90 for a full hour and $55 for half-hour sessions. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment
  • We believe in using high-quality musical instruments and equipment

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

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While the studios are open every day of the week, we can’t all be there all the time. However, most of us are available for lessons on multiple days throughout the week. Our quick online booking process matches your schedule with your instructor’s availability and helps you find the best day and time for your lesson. Want to reserve that day and time every week? Click the “recurring” tab after choosing a day and time. Prefer to book a different date every time? Be our guest. You can even book multiple lessons in advance, each at a different day and time.

Your instrument, a notebook, and a will to rock and roll! A list of songs you like is also a great idea.

We sure can! Introducing you to new ideas, techniques, methods, scales and musical concepts, will help you break out of your rut and regain your long lost enthusiasm. In addition to that, we will make sure you improve gradually from week to week and help you establish a proper practicing regimen. We’ll teach you how to be meticulous about your playing and maybe even show you a secret trick or two ;)

You can definitely borrow, just make sure that you are free to keep it for a while because you will need it to practice at home between lessons. However, in the long run, it’s probably best to own your instrument.

Monthly Lesson Plans

Our monthly lesson plans are designed for committed students who take lessons regularly and would like to reserve the same day and time with their favorite instructor. Missed a lesson? Couldn’t make it this month? No worries! Your unused lessons roll-over from month to month so you will never be charged for lessons that you did not attend (just don’t forget to let us know 48 hours in advance).

2 lessons

60 min. each, every other week
$180 per month

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4 lessons

60 min. each, once a week
$360 per month

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8 lessons

60 min. each, twice a week
$720 per month

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Lesson Plans for Kids

While we strongly recommend 1-hour lessons for aspiring musicians of any age, we appreciate that some kids have a hard time focusing for a full hour, especially the younger ones. To help, we offer 30-min lessons for children under the age of 10.

2 lessons

30 min. each, every other week
$110 per month

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4 lessons

30 min. each, once a week
$220 per month

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8 lessons

30 min. each, twice a week
$440 per month

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