Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Workshop

A 6-week class for intermediate to advanced adult songwriters. Each week, you’ll bring in original material to share with the group for constructive feedback. The teacher’s role is to facilitate discussion and lead the conservation — the workload itself is primarily in your hands! It’s is the perfect way to nourish your songwriting skills in a supportive group environment.

Next class series starts November 2020. Sign up today!

  • Songwriting Workshop (Tuesday): Intermediate class for adult students with some songwriting experience. Revolves around sharing original material with the group for constructive feedback and conversation, lead by the instructor. 
  • Classes meet for 60 minutes, once per week for 6 weeks, 7 p.m. start time.
  • Meets in a Zoom Conference environment.
  • Maximum enrollment is 6 students per class.



Montavilla Guitar Studio is located in the heart of downtown Montavilla. Come check out our newly constructed state-of-the-art lesson studios. Group classes, ensembles, and recitals are held at Montavilla United Methodist Church (see map below).

Montavilla United Methodist Church

Montavilla Guitar Studio

More Classes!

Playing music together is part of the Montavilla Guitar Studio experience. Classes and ensembles are available on a first come basis.

Beginning Ukulele for Adults

Weekly ukulele class for adults. No experience necessary. Let’s play and sing! This class covers essential ukulele songs, music theory made fun, group interaction, and more!

Next class series starts November 2020. Learn more!

Guitar Foundations

Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve played guitar before, Guitar Foundations is the right mix of musical skills training, playing technique, guidance, support, and fun. Includes weekly 60-minute group lessons for adults.

Next class series starts November 2020. Learn more!

Improvisation 101

An introduction to improvisation for adults. Now that you’re getting the hang of playing chords on your instrument, you’re ready to start improvising! This intermediate class for adults takes the mystery out of improvisation and gives you the tools you need to solo over basic chord progressions.

Next class series starts July 2020. Sign up today!

Rhythm for Non-Drummers

It’s not just the drummer’s job to keep a good rhythm! This class is designed for the rest of the band. Learn the ins and outs of rhythm, counting, syncopation, and other important concepts that you can apply to any instrument.

Next class series starts September 2020.

Vocal Health for Singers

Everybody can sing, but not everyone understands how to do so in a way that protects your vocal health. In this beginning class for adult singers you’ll learn vocal technique basics so you can sing to your heart’s content without damaging your voice!

Next class series starts July 2020. Sign up today!

Neil Mattson of Montavilla Guitar Studio is the most patient, positive, and skilled instructor! I had little previous experience, other than loving music. In just 10 weeks I have learned more than I had ever thought possible!  I am resurrecting a long neglected dream and loving every minute of it!

Mary B.

Portland, OR

Your first lesson is on us!

Follow the link to schedule your Kickstart Session, a free 30 minute lesson where we play, chat, and find out if we're a great fit.

Montavilla East Tabor Business Association
Music Teachers National Association
Oregon Music Teachers Association