"Alice is an amazing songwriting teacher. She deeply understands how to deconstruct the songwriting process in a way that any age songwriter can understand. She and my daughter have created beautiful age-appropriate songs together and, now, my daughter loves to write her own." -Cathy T., Greenwich, CT
"I was skeptical about the mystery of songwriting but I have been surprised that it is possible for me. We have tackled understanding song structure, lyric writing, and developing my own voice. Song writing feels interesting and enjoyable. Alice offers different exercises that help with learning and provides a supportive and warm space in which to work." - Beth O., Yonkers, NY
"I wanted to take a moment to "sing praises" for Alice Limoges. In Alice's early days, I was her music teacher in Rockport, Maine. Without doubt, her processing and interest in sound was "over the top."
Recently, thanks to Covid, Alice stepped back into my world - this time as a clinician for a composers' workshop that was held through Zoom at Ash Point Community School, Owls Head, ME.
The objective given to Alice was to engage all 26 students of the 4th grade with 6 weekly lessons on songwriting. Students worked in both small groups and individually, using their prior knowledge of basic chords on the ukulele.
What was most striking in this project?
...That every single student found a measure of success in the writing of a simple song with ukulele accompaniment that could be record and shared with family.
Alice's approach is probing, engaging, empathetic and most of all, kind. Even though some students were only able to approach school from sidelines, they were willing to try this concept with safety and security.
I will be asking Alice to join us again at some point this year for another project. I would be happy to share components of our lesson designs." - Scott Dyer, Director of Music, Ash Point Community School, Owls Head, ME
More about Alice:
Born and raised on a mountain by the sea in coastal Rockport, Maine, Alice Limoges was singing before she could walk. As a young girl in Maine, she studied guitar and piano, released albums of her original music, and starred in several musicals as well as singing in many choirs. She decided to take her musicality to the next level by moving to New York, where she majored in Studio Composition (songwriting/production) at SUNY Purchase.
She worked in the New York City music scene for 7 years, toured the Northeast with her band, and recorded several albums while continuing to study with the best teachers New York had to offer even after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Purchase. While in NY, Alice studied Alexander Technique, which she integrates to teach students to play with a healthy technique which will reduce the chance of developing instrument related injuries such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel. Alice also interned with music therapist Jon Samson of Co-creative Music and has worked with several special needs students. In March of 2021, she became certified in Vocal First Aid by Vocal Health Education.
Alice had her first experiences teaching music as a teenager and went on to teach over a hundred students in New York. Using her diverse skills as a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and empath, she teaches the fundamentals while focusing on the student’s passions. She teaches many styles including pop, folk, jazz, and classical. Her passion is teaching students to sing and play an instrument or two. A bonus to studying with her is that a piano student might later choose to branch out into voice or guitar or have an interest in writing and producing their own songs and Alice is able to guide them every step of the way. In March 2020, she took her teaching online and has been making online lessons fun and engaging for students all over the country ever since!
During the winter of 2021, she ran her first songwriting circle with professional songwriters and decided to extend this opportunity to amateur songwriters too. In addition to working with her private students, Alice holds her group online Songwriting Circles and has even taught a songwriting workshop to 26 fourth graders at Ash Point School in Owl's Head, ME.
Alice has released four independent albums to date. Her song "No One Underneath" was a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. She played on the Grammy Award winning album "Ageless: Songs For The Child Archetype" by Jon Samson. She has performed at festivals (Make Music Harlem, NYC; Keene Music Festival, Keene, NH; The Campfire Festival, Cambridge, MA; Belfast Free Range Festival, Belfast, ME), colleges (Columbia University, Hamilton College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase), and other legendary venues such as The Cutting Room (NYC), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), PIANOS (NYC), Arlene’s Grocery (NYC), Club Passim (Boston), and Blue (Portland) as well as countless intimate concerts with Sofar Sounds.