Online Melody Workshop with Rachel Efron


Rachel Efron will be hosting an online workshop focused on writing melodies February 20th from 6PM-7PM. Only 25 spots available so be sure to sign up! Member price is $50, non-member price is $65. Please be sure your membership is current. Join or renew today!



More often than not, writing better songs means writing better melodies. Yet for all of our focus on lyrics and chord changes, we rarely stop and take a look at what writing better melodies really means. In this workshop, Rachel will help you demystify the process of melody writing, and offer some specific tools for finding the catchy, emotive, and fresh melodies to make your songs come alive.

Rachel Efron is a singer/songwriter, producer, and songwriting coach living in Oakland, California. After years of studying classical and jazz piano, Rachel began her journey with songwriting by not only writing one song after the next, but also by transcribing whatever songs she heard that most moved her. She realized that her backgrounds in classical and jazz music theories could be re-imagined to apply directly to the project of songwriting, and without exactly intending to do it, designed a course of study for songwriters — inspired and accessible, based equally in a hunger for sophisticated knowledge and a passionate quest for authenticity.

Over the past 10 years Rachel has taught countless songwriting classes and workshops, mentored nearly a hundred songwriters, and has worked as the music producer for many acclaimed albums of original songs. She teaches the songwriting course at California Jazz Conservatory’s Jazzschool, and hosts a weekly songwriting salon for songwriters out of her own studio.

Email once you've purchased your spot. You may submit questions to Poppy prior to the workshop for Rachel to review. She will do her best to address questions during the session.

Monterey Bay (Salinas) Songwriters Competition

Downtown Book & Sound, 222 Main St, Salinas

SIGN-UP: 6:30 pm. Start time: 7 pm.
Be sure to invite your friends. Audience encouraged. Please make sure that you membership is current. Have a photo of your membership card on your cell phone for ease Non-members are ineligible to win (but can perform, time permitting)
Managers: Trisha and Jeannie THIS MONTH's SPONSOR: Mars Recording Studios, 245 Owl Ridge Way, Aptos, CA · (831) 688-8435

San Francisco Songwriter's Competition

Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California Street, San Francisco, CA

LAST Monday of every month EXCEPT JANUARY will be Monday the 20th. Location: The Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California Street San Francisco, CA 94121 SIGN-UP: 6:30pm; event begins 7:00pm, 20-song limit. Sign-up on a first-come basis, maximum 20 songs for the night, get there early if you want to perform. COST: One Item Minimum Purchase - to help support the cafe. This event is totally acoustic with no sound system, so please plan accordingly. There is an upright piano. Be sure to invite your friends. Audience participation is encouraged.. Please make sure that you membership is current (Smartphone photo of card is OK) Non-members are ineligible to win (but can perform, time permitting)

Vallejo Works in Progress

Vallejo WIP, 914 Virginia St, Vallejo

The Vallejo Song Fix-it Sessions

Bring an old song that needs fix’n … a half written idea, a song which needs re-writing … then watch as your peers good-naturedly argue abut how to improve it in a caring, supportive environment. Everybody is welcome, Members and non-members alike. Please bring 5-7 copies of your lyrics (though you don’t need to bring a song to come and participate). Snacks will be available. 4th Tuesday of the month 7-9pm. Contact: email

Menlo Park Songwriters Competition

Cafe Zoë, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park

LAST Tuesday of the month (No December Competition) SIGN-UP: 6:30 pm. Start time: 7 pm. Be sure to invite your friends. Audience encouraged. Please make sure that you membership is current.