Lisa Donovan Lukas      Composer/Pianist/Songwriter/Teacher        

Songwriting for Students

Announcing the publication and release of Lisa's new book on amazon.com

The Young Musician's Guide to Songwriting  


This book is a songwriting guide designed specifically for young music students, and can be used by music teachers as well.  This is a valuable tool that is helpful to young artists, and musicians of all levels of experience, who are interested in learning how to write songs. 

Each chapter is chock full of fun exercises (from basic to advanced) and helpful tips on how to get started with structure, lyrics, melody, harmony, rhythm, creativity, and even how to make lead sheets. 

10% of all author royalties from Lisa's book are donated to music educational not-for-profits, including The Music Teachers' Association of California Foundation, and Westside Music Foundation.

Praise for The Young Musician's Guide to Songwriting: 
 
“Lisa makes all aspects of songwriting (form, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, titles, etc.) amazingly easy in this book! Next time I do a songwriting class, it will be with Lisa’s book!”
—Wendy Stevens, M.M., NCTM, composer, pianist, and teacher, www.composecreate.com

“As a successful songwriter and much–in–demand piano instructor who specializes in teaching children, Lisa was the perfect person to write this book. And the end result proves it: a treasure chest full of ideas, strategies, examples, and exercises that are bound to help and inspire kids and teachers alike.

In the section on musical styles, Lisa includes this quote by Oscar Wilde: “Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” And that’s what her new book does—empowers each of us, through writing music and lyrics, to say what only we can say.

Thanks, Lisa, for filling this important need! I look forward to using The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting with my own students.”
—Bruce Siegel, private teacher and creator of DoctorKeys.com Piano Tutorials

“Lisa Donovan Lukas’s book, The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting, boils songwriting down into accessible, clear–cut blocks of information. Reading this book is like having a personal tutor at your side during your songwriting process.

I especially love how Lisa puts her own creative process on display for the benefit of the reader, displaying examples from her own songwriting experience.

Lisa, thank you for this invaluable resource!”
—Adam Bendorf, Founder of Alberti Publishing and independent music teacher, www.bendorfpianostudio.com