Monica Max West

Songwriting coach

Based in
Clerkenwell, Greater London, United Kingdom
Monica Max West | Songwriting coach

Rates: Starting at £50 (based on income)

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* Would you like to learn how to write your own songs?
* Or do you need some feedback to improve your existing songs?
* Are you experiencing 'writer's block' in songwriting?
* Do you struggle with constructing words for your music, or music for your words?

Hello, my name is Monica Max West and I am an Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter.

* Winner of LSC Search For The Song
* Songdoor Competition Honourable Mention
* UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist
* Song Of The Year Runner-Up
* Unisong 12th Annual Contest Finalist

My work has been compared to that of Four Frou, Bjork, Annie Lennox, Gillian Welch, Sinead O'Connor and others.

I possess a unique combination of training, skills and experience in the areas of
1) lyric writing
2) music composition and
3) helping people to access and express their personal truths.

With my background in literature, music and psychotherapy, I can support you to write unique songs with your own signature style.

* B.A. (Hons) from Yale University in the Expressive Arts (English and Music)
* M.A. (Dist) from Kingston University in Music Composition
* Further Post-Graduate Study in Music Composition at the Royal Academy Of Music
* M.A. (Dist) Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regents SPC/City

"What is unique about Max West is not only does she have a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in classical music, pop/modern music and songwriting technique, her training as a psychotherapist supports pupils to go beyond their barriers, in a powerful way." - ET, songwriting pupil

As a composer, lyricist, singer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar and flute), I have many years of experience writing in a wide variety of musical styles: in bands, for multi-media events, as a solo artist and for film and television. I possess:

1) Musical expertise to help you to consider different styles, chord progressions, melodies, harmonies and rhythms in your songs.
2) Lyrical expertise to help you to construct powerful, heartfelt words to express your ideas, memories and feelings in plain English or in highly sophisticated poetic prose.
3) Psychological expertise to support you to find and express your personal truth through song, as well as aiding you to move through any songwriting or performance blocks you may have.

I work from a home studio in the Central London Area (EC1, Clerkenwell) and can offer lessons (50 minutes) at a variety of times during the week. My fees are based on income, and range from £50-80 per lesson.

One-to-one lessons


Songwriting Coach

Over 12 years of experience teaching songwriting to adult individuals.

Jan 2000


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


I offer a range of lesson times during the week. Most students make a commitment to one lesson per week (50 minutes), at the same day and time; in this arrangement, I reserve the same day/time for you each week and therefore all lessons must be paid for (including any you cancel).

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