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Washington, DC  20009


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Songwriting Lessons


Classical | Congemporary | Pop | Rock | Jazz


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Songwriting lessons are available for beginners to advanced professionals in all styles. All our instructors have a formal classical foundation so you can trust you are getting knowledgable advise across any genre you choose. Please inquire regarding student discounts.


Learn to read and write music for free with our Free Introductory Music Series, which includes Notation, Piano Prep, and Guitar Prep.


Ages: Children, Adults, Teenagers,

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Lesson Types:


• Theoretical

• Piano-based


• Computer-based

Singer-Songwriter Combo (Songwriting + Voice + Guitar/Piano)

(Optional Add-ons: Guitar, Piano, Voice, Sight-Singing, Ear Training)


Location Options:


• In-Studio - Georgetown (M & 31st St)

• In-Home Lessons (case-by-case, group or private)

• Online Lessons (Skype)


Earn Credits for Music Study:

Offered in Annandale, VA through ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, including the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music London, Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Optional participation may result in school credits. Read more...









If you are a beginner and not sure if you're ready for private study, please click here to learn more about our Free Intro Music Classes for Beginners!


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Ford Combs

Guitar, Songwriting, & Compositon Instructor

Instructor Spotlight...

Ford Combs is a rising star in the DC guitar and songwriting circut, particularly in-demand as a Spanish/Flamenco guitar soloist in jazz trios and eight-piece horn rock bands, playing his own original compositions as well as standard repertoire. He has a background in all types of guitar styles and genres as well as a unique array of composition techniques. 


Mr. Combs is a graduate of University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill with a BA in Guitar Performance, where he studied with classical guitarist and composer, Billy Stewart. He then attended post-graduate studies at the Conservatori de Musica del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied Flamenco Guitar with Manuel Granados, Classical Composition with Dr. Ben Davies, and Film Scoring with Jose Nieto. In 2013, Mr. Combs' classical composition for a saxophone quartet was premiered at the Conservatori de Musica del Liceu. 


After returning to the US, he worked as a soloist and in-house arranger for many local bands. In addition to his performing, Mr. Combs taught at the School of Rock in Norfolk, Virginia teaching piano, guitar, group lessons, summer camps, and more. Here in DC he also is a piano teacher at the Sheridan School. Recently arriving onto the DC music scene, Mr. Combs is enjoying performing for a larger Flamenco audience and working with Miguelito, who runs the DC flamenco blog,, and joining him at the University of Maryland-College Park to accompany flamenco dance classes. He has also been heard in the lounge trio Three Cat Lounge and the horn band J and the Band. In addition to his work as a professional solo guitarist, Mr. Combs is a computer music composer. He enjoys creating digital instruments such as a computer keyboard organ as well as a two handed motion sensor musical device. In addition to programming, Mr. Combs has experience in audio editing using ProTools, Reason, and Audacity.


Languages: English, Spanish


Specialites: Flamenco, Classical, Jazz, Rock/Punk, Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Theory, Composition, Songwriting, Computer Music