Music Lessons & Coaching
Music Lessons & Coaching:
Offering direction, insight, and ultimately freedom through the mastery of your craft.
Are you a songwriter, a performing artist, and you just feel like you haven't been able to express yourself fully? Do you feel frustrated because whenever you sit down to write a song, it's only so good--but you know and can sense that it could be even more potent and ascend to an entirely different level? Or have you’ve reached a certain level of success, but haven’t been able to break the threshold? If you said yes to any of those questions, then you need an outside perspective from somebody who’s committed to offering that perspective consistently. I work with my students to find out what’s holding them back, where their holes are--where it is they want to go with their songwriting but can’t because they don’t have the skillset--and empower them to move through those blockages with confidence so that they can thrive and meet their goals. So, if you’re an artist, if you’re somebody who makes music and you want to bring it to the world, but for some reason haven’t been able to do it in the way or at the level you know you’re capable of, we need to talk.
Hey, I’m Dechen Hawk. I’m a lifelong musician and Buddhist. I’ve been making a living in the music industry for over 20 years as an entertainer, vocalist, composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve written hundreds of songs and recorded multiple albums. I’ve played major venues and festivals and shared the stage with top acts. I’ve studied and taught music at the university level. And I’m also a master teacher and coach, uniquely positioned to offer insight due to my extensive mindfulness training and meditation practice.
And the one thing that I've learned from my studies is that those iconic artists, musicians, and groundbreakers that we all love and learn from have had people that have worked with them and coached them along the way. Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado had Timbaland. Snoop Dog & Eminem had Dr. Dre. Lou Reed & Iggy Pop had David Bowie. John Coltrane & Herbie Hancock had Miles Davis. It was that guidance that allowed them to flourish and blaze new trails.
The self-taught/self-motivated approach is excellent and definitely to be encouraged, but it will only get you so far. Music is a trade. It gets passed down from skilled professionals to apprentices. Working with a seasoned pro is essential to succeeding in the industry. You need someone to guide you. The meat of it is in the relationship.
Imagine your musicianship at the level of mastery that gives you the freedom to do what you want. I coach musicians so that they can fully develop their musical artistry. I will guide you through a process of discovery and integration including technical mastery, creative vision, and self-exploration that will allow you to realize your full creative potential and enjoy the opportunities that come with it. I provide a safe environment for you to grow and thrive in. I will lower your anxiety and offer you absolute confidence to deliver what’s needed. I’ll get you to meet the expectations of the industry or college, and set you up for the world of being a professional musician. Nothing of value is easy, but I’ll be there to guide you through the process and support you along the way.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out what Alex Wirth had to say about working with me:
“When I started working with Dechen, I was struggling with growing in my vocal and guitar technique. I had some challenges with my confidence and feelings of validity as a musician and wanted to really fulfill the vision I had for myself as a writer and performer. He was the absolute perfect person to move me forward. In our time together, I have learned so much about guitar, music theory, songwriting, singing, performing, recording, business, and how to really own my passion for music. I have surpassed my goals with singing and guitar technique, and with the tools that I have learned from Dechen, I feel that I have much more freedom in the way I approach and express my craft! He has highlighted my strengths and challenged me to grow in my weaknesses, and I am deeply grateful for that. Dechen believes in me, which helps me to believe in myself. Because of my time with Dechen, I feel like I can learn and grow in any direction I choose, and nothing can stop me. I am now stepping into that vision that I have for myself as a writer and performer, and am owning my path as a musician.”
It brings me tremendous joy to facilitate the transformation of my students and to watch them become the masterful and influential individuals they were born to be. In the arts, having somebody willing to sit there with you and go deep into your innermost self is incredibly valuable. The value of having somebody unlock your capacity to express who you are entirely and share it with others is priceless. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, realize your full potential, and experience freedom through mastery, then click on the pop up window to set up a video chat with me.
Note, though, that in order for me to deliver on my promise, I give my mentees my full attention and only take on a few students at any given time. So space is limited. I hope we have the chance to work together and I look forward to supporting you in reaching your goals.
“When I started working with Dechen, I was struggling with growing in my vocal and guitar technique, but I wanted to learn from someone who was shinning their light in the world as a person. I had some challenges with my confidence and feelings of validity as a musician and wanted to really fulfill the vision I had for myself as a writer and performer. He was the absolute perfect person to move me forward in my technique, but also in so much more! I feel that in our time together I have learned so much about guitar, music theory, songwriting, singing, performing, recording, business, and how to really own my passion for music. I have surpassed my goals with singing and guitar technique, and with the tools that I have learned from Dechen, I feel that I have much more freedom in the way I approach and express my craft! He has highlighted my strengths and challenged me to grow in my weaknesses, and I am deeply grateful for that. Dechen believes in me, which helps me to believe in myself. Because of my time with Dechen, I feel like I can learn and grow in any direction I choose and nothing can stop me. I am now stepping into that vision that I have for myself as a writer and performer, and am owning my path as a musician.”
— Alex Wirth
“When I first started working with Dechen I was passionate and fascinated by the different feelings I could produce with my guitar. I didn’t know music theory or anything about songwriting. I was just throwing the same four chords together in different orders because I loved the way it sounded. I had no direction in my life. I was just a young man who wanted to play on stages and be popular. I was struggling with progressing, I wanted to know more. Although I am a slow learner Dechen was patient enough to teach me the same thing day in and day out in different ways until it clicked. I was concerned with the quality of my music. I wanted to be a great songwriter. I wanted to write and perform music that would make people feel less alone like they have a purpose for living in this crazy world. Since working with Dechen I’ve overcome stage fright (or become brave enough to face the fear), found confidence in my voice, learned enough theory and technique to improvise on, play, or write any song. I have performed on many stages including major venues, which involved going over how to write, practice, perform, and show up to deliver a professional experience for both the listener and the venue. I have written countless songs with complex progressions and structures. I’ve learned how to record, produce, and mix professional tracks. I have had major accomplishments and peaks in my life because of the skills and experience I now have from working with Dechen.”
— Thomas Cole Perry
“Working with Dechen has been an incredible experience for me. I’ve had the privilege of learning music from an artist I truly admire. When a global pandemic locked me in a house, he opened my eyes to a whole new world. As he’s gotten to know me, he’s shaped the lessons to my aspirations, and yet he’s always made sure to push me to expand them. I had never played music before, and working with Dechen made it possible for me to play Miles Davis pieces three weeks after starting, and to develop a strong understanding of musical theory and how to apply it through my instrument. He has the patience to allow the entire learning process to occur. He doesn’t set unrealistic expectations and understands that repetition is important. He’s empathetic, patient, knowledgeable, and cool. A truly great teacher. Best lessons I’ve ever taken.”
— Carlos Álvarez-Aranyos
“I am a lifetime singer who has picked up the guitar many times but never gotten over “the hump“ to where I could actually play with more confidence and ease until working with Dechen. He creates a safe and fun container where all emotions, styles, and abilities are welcome and nurtured. I gained skill in strumming, rhythm, alternate fingerings, and songwriting. Most importantly, I gained joy in playing rather than hard work. I am so blessed to have Dechen as a teacher and a friend.”
— Dawnia Dresser
“I woke up one day and decided I wanted to learn how to play the piano. I had never tried it before. I quickly realized I would need professional help to actually learn, as I was struggling with commitment, understanding sheet music, and just understanding the overall methods used to play the piano. Compared to when I started, I have learned a great deal and am pleased with my progress thus far. I feel incredibly more comfortable with reading and understanding sheet music as well as the overall playing of the piano. Also, lessons with Dechen have kept me committed to learning and have made it something I will likely stick with to where on my own I may have given up.”
— Greg Ulm