West Coast Songwriters Association is proud to announce a brand new program serving the young adults in our community!



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 poppy@westcoastsongwriters.org to apply.