Youth Empowerment through Songwriting Coaching

Using the power of songwriting and music to help teenagers

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Youth Expression through Songwriting Coaching

~ A Message for Parents ~

Are you noticing your teenager feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? As they navigate the challenging journey from adolescence to adulthood, it’s common for teens to experience heightened anxiety. The pressure to excel academically, fit in with peers, and make big life decisions can be immense. This pressure often manifests in various ways – from exceptional achievement to withdrawal, stress, emotional outbursts, or even an unnatural level of positivity.

In today’s world, where social media plays a significant role in how teens connect and communicate, these challenges can feel even more amplified. It’s a critical time for both you and your teenager, and keeping up with their emotional world can be daunting.

If this resonates with you, there’s hope. Today’s generation requires unique approaches to mentoring and coaching, and thankfully, effective strategies exist to strengthen the bond between you and your teen during this pivotal time.

Imagine your child learning to self-soothe and communicate their feelings constructively. Picture their academic performance improving as they manage their emotions more effectively. Envision rebuilding your relationship with your teenager, having meaningful conversations without the fear of emotional breakdowns.

Re-establishing a healthy, respectful relationship is within reach.

As a Youth Empowerment through Songwriting (YES) coach and speaker, I, Emma G, have supported numerous families in reconnecting with their teenagers through the power of songwriting. The YES curriculum is designed to help young people express themselves safely and effectively. Through one-on-one coaching, songwriting workshops, mother-daughter communication coaching, and online courses, we provide creative tools for teens to articulate their feelings about family, school, friends, and more.

You don’t need to be a singer or a musician in order to be an effective songwriter or learn how to creatively express yourself. The art of songwriting creates a pathway for your teenager to find their voice, build confidence, heal from trauma, and develop effective communication with parents and the community. Witnessing the transformative impact of music on teenagers’ lives has been a testament to its power in facilitating healthy, open conversations and self-expression.

Let's work together to help your teenager navigate these formative years with confidence and emotional intelligence.

WHO AM I?

To give you a bit of background on me: I was an award-winning tertiary educator Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and youth empowerment coordinator YMCA, Auckland back in New Zealand, where I’m from.

My name is Emma G. I am a singer/songwriter/musician, author, speaker, podcaster and youth empowerment coach who has used music and songwriting as tools to recover from a lifelong battle with hydrocephalus: a neuro condition that has resulted in 10 brain surgeries.

I’m on a mission to save the world one song at a time by writing music of healing, strength, love, and the JEDI mindset of embracing Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

I’ve endured 24 surgeries in total for my condition which has helped me realize that singing my truth is a powerful and effective tool for not only understanding and processing my trauma, but also connecting with audiences who may be experiencing struggles, and empowering them to do the same.

We live in a world that is constantly telling us who to be, how to act, and how to show up. It’s imperative that we understand that, in spite of these expectations: each and every one of us holds the pen when it comes to writing our own songs. Writing our own narratives. Creating our own positive and empowered futures.

Therapy is for healing your past – but coaching is for building your future.

I am excited to work with your teenager and help them find their voice, and write a future that fosters their most positive, resilient and empowered selves.

Pricing

Silver Level

6 Week Program
$ 1499
  • Program can be completed in person or virtually
  • Consultations with parents at both the beginning, middle and end of the program
  • 100% confidentiality for your teenager in accordance with HIPAA guidelines
  • Safe and practical guidance
  • 24 hour open door communication channels
  • Six in person or one on one songwriting sessions
  • A downloadable file for your teenager at the end of the program to refer back to their songwriting processes and creations
  • A soft copy of “Reconnect with your Teenager: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Stressed or Anxious Kid Using the Art of Songwriting” for you, the parent

Gold Level

8 Week Program
$ 2499
  • Program can be completed in person or virtually
  • Consultations with parents at both the beginning, middle and end of the program
  • 100% confidentiality for your teenager in accordance with HIPAA guidelines
  • Safe and practical guidance
  • 24 hour open door communication channels
  • Six in person or one on one songwriting sessions
  • A downloadable file for your teenager at the end of the program to refer back to their songwriting processes and creations
  • A soft copy of “Reconnect with your Teenager: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Stressed or Anxious Kid Using the Art of Songwriting” for you, the parent
  • Professionally produced recording of one of your teenager’s songs
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Platinum Level

10 Week Program
$ 5999
  • Program can be completed in person or virtually
  • Consultations with parents at both the beginning, middle and end of the program
  • 100% confidentiality for your teenager in accordance with HIPAA guidelines
  • Safe and practical guidance
  • 24 hour open door communication channels
  • Six in person or one on one songwriting sessions
  • A downloadable file for your teenager at the end of the program to refer back to their songwriting processes and creations
  • A soft copy of “Reconnect with your Teenager: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Stressed or Anxious Kid Using the Art of Songwriting” for you, the parent
  • Professionally produced recording of two of your teenagers’ songs
  • Professionally filmed music video for one of your teenagers’ songs

WATCH 17 YEAR OLD SYDNEY WITT’S FIRST SINGLE: INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS. AFTER WORKING WITH EMMA G FOR ONLY 7 MONTHS; SYDNEY WITT WROTE AND RECORDED AN ENTIRE ALBUM.

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Testimonials

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“So many of my students have been talking about the power of having you teach your magical songwriting process. They LOVED it!! “To quote my supervisor who happened to be in the Zoom room when one of my ninth graders premiered an original song she wrote called “Trailblazer” that chronicled her middle school challenges, “what the students demonstrated was profound”. You have a superpower, Emma G. Thank you for helping my music students channel their emotions, fears, dreams and higher selves through the power of songwriting. In a year that was full of disappointments, your influence in these teenagers’ lives had a huge and positive impact”
- Lesley Moffatt
middle school band teacher
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It was really fun. I really liked it. Even though we learned basics - it was fun learning what to do with syllables, rhyme, and how you can make a song fit and flow. The entire process was very cathartic - especially writing the last song. I felt like I could express myself - getting the lyrics out and not having it clanging it around in my head. I was able to start taking steps to overcome my overwhelm and be less anxious. I learned about how repetition and breathing can help. Also remembering that things aren’t as big a big deal as they might seem - reminding yourself to just do it again and again until you’re more comfortable and you realize it’s not as scary as you made it out to be in your head. I learned to approach problems as if they were people, so I could approach them from a place of understanding and love instead of judgment. So I could fix them. I learned about box breathing, visualizations and different ways to approach how to write a song. [Emma G] was pushing me to be more direct with my lyrics, which was helpful to distill my thoughts. Almost like a practice to talking with people in person.
Maddie
Student,16
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On July 28, 2021 I had the pleasure of moderating a Q and A discussion of the Canadian Premiere of Emma G's documentary Born in Crisis. The film is an empowerment vehicle for women, particularly women of color. Emma G is raw, real, and refreshing. Her words, her experiences, her songs truly speak to one's soul. You cannot help feeling empowered as when she speaks, it feels like she is speaking directly to you and your situation. She gets it. She is it. Watch her documentary and close your eyes and listen to her lyrics as they will move you. I have watched my 17-year-old daughter bloom into a confident singer-songwriter with an amazing album debuting soon.
What she got from Emma was permission to be her full empowered self, live into her dreams, and take inspired action. Thank you Emma!
Dr LJ Samuel
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The song writing workshop with Emma G was a huge success. I was very apprehensive on how this would be engaging over zoom, during a pandemic, but Emma G was able to capture the attention of all participants and keep us engaged throughout the duration of the workshop. Emma G allowed participants to be creative and asked engaging and thought provoking questions where participants were able to draw from their own experiences to create the start of a wonderful song. Being able to listen to various beats and list out thoughts and emotions that you felt while listening helped the group get to a great end product. Emma G also was able to share some of her personal experiences with the group which opened up the groups ability to be vulnerable and open to sharing past experiences with new individuals. I would recommend this workshop 10/10
Chanelle Hinton
Programs Manager
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Emma G's work is nothing short of miraculous. I have watched my 17-year-old daughter bloom into a confident singer-songwriter with an amazing album debuting soon. When Sydney started working with Emma, all she had was experience in her school chorus, a journal filled with her thoughts, feelings and slam poems, and a big dream. Emma taught her how to translate her writings into songs, and inspired her to write the music. Sydney has not had any formal training yet now her natural talent is shining through. What she got from Emma was permission to be her full empowered self, live into her dreams, and take inspired action. Thank you Emma! You have a superpower, Emma G. Thank you for helping my music students channel their emotions, fears, dreams and higher selves through the power of songwriting. In a year that was full of disappointments, your influence in these teenagers’ lives had a huge and positive impact
- Melinda Wittstock
mother of client Sydney Witt, and founder of Podopolo
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To be honest, I never expected for me to be able to write lyrics to a song. I never expected that I would come to class today with verses and a chorus of a song that I fully wrote. My goal was a dream very very far away from me, and I had in mind that I would just attempt. But coming here to class, with a page full of lyrics, I am surprised of myself. I am shocked that I could do this and I feel accomplished that I did this. In the very beginning, I was lost. I had a topic, but I had did not know how to start, so I went to class and asked to work with her. She put all my thoughts and concepts into words with me, so I was able to start revising with a completed rough draft. And probably, if it wasn't for Emma G, I still would not have lyrics. I am proud that I was also able to voice my feelings and concerns into written lines that rhyme. I never knew how this would be such an accomplishment. But first day in, I learned how important it was to write something I cared about. My lyrics are true to me and they express how I feel - and I am proud that I could convey that.
15year old student from an online class in Seattle.
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