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Here are a few of our recent thank you notes to our incredible coaching staff comprised of professional songwriters, producers, artists, and music publishers, who provide individual written song feedback to our members.

Coach #6732 (Vip): “I especially appreciate the fact that you didn’t just tell me what to change but rather you challenged me to ask the right questions so I will learn to do it myself. You got me thinking which will make my song will be better – thanks again!”

Ray K. , FL on 3/11/2020

Coach #3002 (Barry): “Thank you for the positive grades, review and encouragement to continue to record ourselves. Agree that the chorus is more like a bridge. Pleased that you feel it doesn’t matter so much for this composition not to have a strong hooky chorus. May therefore just leave this one as it is. Thanks again.”

Jane H., Scotland on 3/11/2020

Coach #4146 (Marcia): “Great feedback! So helpful, as always. We will tighten up the lyric and speed up the track. See you next time! Thank you, Susan”

Susan S., NY on 3/11/2020

Coach #6732 (Vip): “Wow, in these trying times it was such a joy to read your enthusiastic evaluation of my song! Thank you thank you thank you for giving me a “best of songu” award!!”

Zeke, IL on 3/20/2020

Coach #2245 (Michele): “Thank you so much, good to know we’re getting there. I will work on the ‘meat’ to make it stronger. I am glad the chorus will work if we strengthen the verses as it really is so easy and singable and that’s all I wanted. Will resend when I can! Please stay well and safe out there okay! :)”

Rhonda P. , Canada on 3/20/2020

Coach #814 (Tom): “Hey, great that you like the rewrite. Thanks you so much. Yeah, lock down, isolate, run/jog, write, rewrite, record, read, email, scotch, wine, smile:-) “

Carol C., KS on 3/22/2020

Coach #6732 (Vip): “Hi coach, thank you for your critique! Once again I feel you are right on target! I will work on this and send in a re-write. Thanks again for your time and well wishes! Take care of yourself and family!”

Charles H., TN on 3/23/2020

Coach #2245 (Michele): “Yay! So glad you liked this one, we can definitely spice up the verse lyric. I’m feeling much better, too, started working on a few new ideas already. Thank you so much for the pep talk :). Stay safe!”

Susan S. , NY on 3/25/2020

Coach #3762 (Alan): “I wanted to let you know how great your inputs are. This is exactly what I was looking for. Many thanks!”

Alina V., FL on 3/25/2020

Coach #2245 (Michele): “I love your notes! They ALWAYS make a song better!”

Alina V., FL on 3/28/2020

Coach: #1104 (Helen): “I am taking all of your feedback into consideration. Working on a way to better portray the back story without losing the poetic style. Removed the chorus ramp up, and rewriting verse 1. Thanks again.”

Budden B., Canada on 3/31/2020

Coach #3762 (Alan): “Just wanted to say thank you for all your advice on shaping up this song!Hope that you are doing well!”

Jason S., TN on 4/7/2020

Coach #6732 (Vip): “I am so thankful for your encouraging words and feedback. I am learning a lot thanks to the amazing staff at Song U. Thank YOU!”

Robbi A., TX on 4/8/2020

Coach #3762 (Alan): THANKS SO MUCH COACH ALAN!! That had to be the most encouraging, beautiful, caring, empowering eval ever!!! Thank you for being a huge part of my musical journey n helping me2 be the best songwriter I can be! It’s not by chance that you’re my mentor. GOD bless you! Happy Easter and thank you!

newdaymusic, MI on 4/12/2020


Author: Sara Light

Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at

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