“Working with Cliff on my songs was transformational for my writing. Initially, I was really nervous about the lesson, but Cliff eased me into the session by starting with a general discussion about songwriting and his approach to teaching. He is incredibly insightful and (obviously), has an enormous amount of experience and wisdom about songwriting. What I found so wonderful about working with Cliff was his genuine passion for helping me be the best I can be by showing me techniques and offering me tools to move each song forward. His feedback was very kind and came in a way that was both inspiring motivating. Cliff also took the time to compliment my writing very kindly in a way that gave me confidence to keep working. When my lesson ended, I felt both exhilarated and exhausted – that’s the sign of a great workday! I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Cliff and hope to be able to do so again someday.” – Cecilia Dahl, student, performing songwriter
“Early in my songwriting, I attended a transformative songwriting workshop with Cliff. Writing a song is an intensely personal process, and sharing a song you’ve written can be intimidating. Cliff has a gift for creating a safe, laughter-filled space where sharing feels natural. With his vast knowledge of songs and music theory, he gently suggests little tweaks to songs that, more often than not, take them to another level. Further, I use the concepts I learned there every time I craft a song. No single thing I’ve done has helped me more than Cliff’s workshop.” – Dean Driver, student, performing songwriter
“I have been a student of Cliff Eberhardt’s for five years and am thrilled to be able to write a letter of recommendation for him as he is both a brilliant teacher and a powerful mentor. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with and learn from him is truly privileged.
“I first had the chance to work with Cliff in a songwriting workshop at the Watercolor Cafe in Larchmont, NY and was immediately engaged in his teaching method and style. His work with students of many different ages and backgrounds in music is rooted in his mindful ability to create a safe place for expansiveness and creativity – highlighting strengths and helping each of us to stretch out of our comfort zone (e.g. trying augmented and diminished chords), slowing down the song so it can really be heard and playing less music so that the lyrics and voice can shine through. His psychologically astute approach to finding where and how each student is open to feedback and learning, combined with his wit and sense of humor helped each of us move through our nervousness and allowed us to be vulnerable enough to flourish and yet stay grounded. We left the workshop motivated to do our “homework” and continue the creative and editing process on our own.”
“Cliff is an incredibly gifted, natural teacher. Whether he is guiding me in the songwriting process, teaching me new chord progressions on the guitar, showing me how to play a tango bass on piano, helping me breathe fully and find my true voice or getting me prepared for an upcoming performance, his wisdom and compassion are always there.” – Marjorie, songwriting student and performing songwriter