Songwriting Lessons

Whether you are new to songwriting or just need a little motivation getting going, we can help. Lessons will suit your level of theory knowledge and musical skill, ensuring you have all of the tools that you need. We will touch on all of the elements of a song from lyrics to verses and everything in-between.

Previously written songs can be brought in to be workshopped, though no prior songwriting experience is necessary. We request that you bring a notebook, a pencil, and yourself! Feel free to also bring any instruments you might like to write with (a piano will be provided).

Workshops can be held for a maximum of 5 people simultaneously, so bands are definitely welcome!

Organising a Lesson

The first lesson with Ellen McCarthy Music is always free! This is so we can establish where you’re at and what you need to work on. We’ll also go over how many lessons you require and your timetable. After that, all Songwriting Lessons are $50 an hour, or $80 for two-hour workshops.

About My Songwriting Lessons

Lessons are suitable for people aged 5 and over and are suited to people who just want to have fun, as well as those pursuing a career in music

I have a Working with Children Check, First Aid Certificate, and extensive experience in teaching and voice performance ensuring a safe and effective teaching environment.

Lessons are great fun, and include exercises, theory and skills that build both confidence and technique ensuring that you not only have a great time, but also become a better musician.

Lessons are great for building confidence in people of all ages, especially younger students where it is especially important to build a healthy level of confidence.

What Our Students Say


Ellen is a talented singer and a lovely teacher, she can explain basic music theory to complete beginners, like me, and I feel like we can work together on my singing goals.

She helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses, and chooses pieces which are suited to my voice, while still being challenging. I always enjoy our lessons and I can see how much I've progressed already.

Heidi Roleff


I love learning with Ellen. She has a fantastic mix of practical and theoretical knowledge and experience, as well as an easy going attitude that makes lessons a fantastic experience.

Fiona Steele

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