Young Adult Songwriters Workshop

February 2 - March 2, 2021  Tuesdays 5-6:30 PST
Ages 15-22 (some exceptions)

Work with Singer/Songwriter/Producer Rachel Efron!

YOUNG ADULT SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP is a 5 week workshop especially designed to nurture young songwriters. You’ll hear talks on important aspects of songwriting like lyrics, song form, and chord changes, study YOUR favorite songwriters, and get priceless feedback on your songs. Most of all, you’ll be a part of a vibrant and supportive community of fellow songwriters that inspire you to take risks to find YOUR UNIQUE SONGWRITING VOICE.

  • Feedback on your songs
  • New songwriting tricks
  • Listen to YOUR favorite songwriters
  • Awesome community of fellow songwriters
  • Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Latin, and R&B
  • Final celebration and concert at the end


"I have grown so much as a songwriter in these three years working with Rachel and I feel lucky to have found her." Alison Gant, Cambridge, MA

"I am so grateful I decided to take her class, it’s one of the best investments I’ve made in my career as a singer songwriter." Bekah Barnett, Concord, CA

"Warm, empathetic, patient, creative, and brilliant, she is without a doubt one of the finest teachers I have ever had!" Patricia Stamm, Novato, CA

"I not only enjoyed exploring my own creativity, but was inspired by the creative output of the other students. This is a rare and wonderful experience!" Margot Murtaugh, Berkeley, CA

Oakland based singer/songwriter, music producer, and songwriting coach Rachel Efron began her journey with songwriting in her twenties, writing one song after the next and transcribing whatever songs she heard that most moved her. Studying music theory, piano, and poetry at Harvard University and with faculty at Berklee College Of Music, she noticed how classical and jazz music theories could be re-imagined to apply directly to the project of songwriting, and without exactly intending to, she designed a course of study for songwriters — based equally in a hunger for sophisticated knowledge and a passionate search for authenticity.

Over the past 10 years Rachel has taught countless songwriting classes and workshops, mentored nearly a hundred songwriters of varying genres, and has produced numerous great sounding albums. She teaches the songwriting class at California Jazz Conservatory’s Jazzschool, runs the Songwriting Salon for advanced songwriters, and presents to the teachers at the Institute for Vocal Advancement. Rachel has released four albums of her original songs and toured on the East and West Coasts, headlining such venues as Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), Yoshi’s (Oakland), Club Passim (Cambridge), One Longfellow Square (Portland) and Tin Angel (Philadelphia).


There are a limited number of scholarship opportunities, based on merit and financial need. Please email to apply.